DOT Safety Inspection Clinic

 YOUR SHOP—2018: Your technicians just concluded a complete suspension rebuild of a customer’s road tractor. They replaced the king pins. They replaced the springs, pins, and hangers. They replaced the bushings on the tandem air-ride suspension. They aligned the tandems to the steer axle. They set the toe, set the caster and corrected the axle camber. All is good! You completed an expensive repair and now, you are ready to send a happy customer out the door! He will make sure he tells all of his friends of the great job you did…or will he?

Two miles down the road, an enforcement officer pulls your customer over to the side of the road and performs a D.O.T. complete inspection. The officer finds that the brakes are out of adjustment, the air-lines are rubbing, the lights are not working, and there are leaks at the steering gear. These are all out-of-service conditions, and things that the technicians should have been aware of while performing the repairs to the vehicle. Also, not only would you have had a satisfied customer, but these could have been increased revenue to your service shop.

ACOFAS, in conjunction with Frame Service, Inc of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Barry Ernst, is pleased to present Mr. Andy Blair, former Pennsylvania Police/DOT Enforcement Officer and independent instructor.* In an 1 ½ day presentation, Andy will demonstrate and educate attendees as to how to properly inspect a vehicle. Upon completion, you will know now to look for the same things that enforcement officers are looking for. Andy will be presenting both a classroom session, as well as hands-on demonstrations using actual trucks, trailers, and if possible, school buses.

You can perform annual DOT inspections as a stand-alone service, or as a gratis service for customers when performing a major rebuild of their vehicle. Either way, you can make sure your technicians are doing the job thoroughly so that your customer will not get an out-of-service violation after leaving your facility.


* Biography of Andrew K. Blair: February 2018

Andy Blair is a retired Police/DOT Officer who partners with companies in need of assistance with DOT based transportation training and consulting. While an officer in Pennsylvania from 1986-2011, Andy became certified in Motor Carrier Enforcement, Advanced Accident investigation, Cargo Tank and Haz-Mat Enforcement and Weighmaster. He also has his “Class A” CDL and is a DMV certified 3rd party CDL Driver Examiner.

He started DOT Safety Checkups in 2011 as he saw a need to help companies understand their role in the area of transportation regulations and compliance. He continues to provide informative seminars, safety meetings, mock DOT audits, and Data Q challenges, all from the perspective of both an officer and as a member of private industry.

Andy Blair can be reached at dotinspector@gmail.com or 717/324-2555.


DOT TECHNICIAN TRAINING INFO:

SUGGESTED ARRIVAL DATE: Monday, April 30, 2018.

HOTEL:

Don Hall’s Guesthouse Hotel
1313 West Washington Center Road
Ft. Wayne, IN  46825
(260) 489-2524
http://www.donhallsguesthouse.com

A block of rooms has been reserved under the name “ACOFAS”, at a cost of $99 per night (breakfast buffet is included).

SESSION LOCATION:

Frame Service, Inc.
4210 Goshen Road (U.S. Hwy. 33 North)
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818

BASIC ITINERARY:

May 1, 8:00 a.m. Classroom presentation

Lunch will be provided by Barry Ernst
Group dinner will be provided by ACOFAS (location TBA).

May 2, 2018: Hands-on instruction will continue at Frame Service, with additional class time for those who wish to ask Andy Blair further questions.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

For those flying into the Indianapolis Airport, there is shuttle van service from the airport to a location near the Don Hall’s Guesthouse Hotel. The service is provided by Hoosier Shuttle (Phone: 260-469-8747), for a charge of $39 each way. The trip is about 2 ½ hours/ 140 miles) and departs the airport on Monday at: 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Returning from Ft. Wayne to the Indianapolis airport, the shuttle schedule is: 5:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. While it is not anticipated that the schedule will change between today’s date and the first week of May 2018, it is suggested that you verify these departure times as the date gets closer. Anyone taking the van shuttle, please be advised that you will be dropped off in Ft. Wayne at 418 W. Coliseum Blvd., which is about 1 mile south of the hotel. When you arrive at Coliseum Blvd., just give Gordon Botts a call at 815-482-4255 and he will pick you up and drive you to the hotel.

REGISTRATION:

Registration is closed

Any questions, please contact Gordon Botts at 815-482-4255 or at gbotts@bottswelding.com .

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