About Us

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DOT Safety Plus is a consulting company organized as an LLC with Jeff Simon as the owner and lead consultant. Our objective is helping clients implement sustainable DOT safety and compliance processes that enhance performance and bottom-line results. With our depth of transportation experience, we can quickly analyze and recommend solutions to continuous improvement challenges.

Our appreciation for the driver’s professionalism and unique concerns promotes communications and genuine, honest interactions with drivers. Training is designed to utilize effective relevant adult learning techniques. Boring training is a huge waste of expensive resources—it is not acceptable performance.

The “Plus” in our name signifies an ability to apply a thorough knowledge of management techniques to conduct a comprehensive business analysis. This provides the basis for identifying operational and waste minimization opportunities (Lean Transportation) for managers from the executive level to the line managers.

DOT Safety Plus is unique in our ability to translate the regulations into practical management procedures. All of our consultants have substantial industry experience. Implementing mandatory regulations is not difficult when applied with a commitment to crisp performance expectations and basic management principles.

Our process consists of five steps:

  1. Conduct a thorough assessment (Simulated DOT audit or Fleet Assessment)
  2. Design procedures to set proper expectations
  3. Create the internal management processes
  4. Train both management and drivers
  5. Follow-up and fine tune

Our Team of Consultants

Jeffrey C. Simon, MBA, CTP

Jeff has over 39 years of experience in transportation management and safety.    He has an excellent understanding of Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (State and Federal), Hazardous Materials Regulations and is a nationally recognized speaker, presenting seminars and on-site training to an international audience.

A strong practical operations management background acquired working as an operations and equipment manager, as well as through owning and operating his own transportation company, strengthens the value of his recommendations.  A CDL Class A licence and ½ million miles driving nationally and in Canada provides a critical driver perspective.

Jeff has authored several published articles in Occupational Health and Safety Magazine, Environment Protection, EH&S Products-The Product News magazine for Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, Engineer’s Digest, and J. J. Keller Publications.

He has served on national enforcement and industry committees, assisting in setting the direction for future legislation.

 

Wesley Pemble

Wes has over 40 years experience in transportation safety and regulatory issues. He is a specialist on State and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (State and Federal) and Roadside Inspections of commercial motor vehicles.

A strong practical transportation safety background acquired working as a Safety Director for a large motorcoach company in the Midwest, and 35 years of commercial vehicle enforcement experience with the Minnesota State Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Section. Wes has significant experience as a commercial vehicle accident investigator.

He has served on national enforcement and industry committees assisting in setting the direction for future legislation, and has presented many technical programs to Unions, Trucking Associations, Safety Councils, health organizations, Technical Colleges, police agencies, trucking companies, civic groups, and other organizations interested in Commercial Vehicle Safety and enforcement of the FMCSRs.

Wes has conducted over 20,000 Level 1 roadside inspections and was a lead instructor for the FMCSA’s Associate Staff program training DOT inspectors across the United States and Canada.  Wes has assisted in several hundred post-crash investigations of Commercial Motor Vehicles as the commercial vehicle expert on Minnesota’s Major Crash Investigation Team.

 

Randy West

For 33 of his 35 years in the transportation industry Randy was with the Utah Highway Patrol providing leadership regarding roadside inspection procedures and enforcement of federal and state regulations.  He developed hours of service specific training materials utilized by other Motor Carrier Specialists as well as performed compliance reviews on a daily basis including providing guidance and direction as necessary.

In addition to obtaining the certifications to conduct roadside inspections, accident investigation training and other roadside duties, he began instructing the North American Standard Level I Course for all enforcement personnel in North American as an Associate Staff Instructor with the National Training Center.

During 1998-2002, Randy was the president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the premier motor carrier safety association in North America.  He served as the Training Committee Chair, overseeing all roadside inspection training materials and updating North American Standard Inspection Courses offered through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations (FMCSA) National Training Center from 2004 until May of 2008.

For a short period Randy was the Safety Manager for a Utah motor carrier before returning to the Utah Highway Patrol/Vehicle Safety Section to finish his career in enforcement.

Until recently Randy was on the CVSA staff as an international liaison to all U.S. and Canadian Motor Carrier Specialist developing and implementing updated training material.  Randy is a nationally recognized expert on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations with a specialty on Hours of Service and Electronic Logging Devices.

 

John S. Sallak

John has over 40 years experience in the trucking and bus industry including the Director of Safety and Training for Oregon Trucking Association, Director of Human Resources and Safety for two regional LTL carriers and a regional manager of private school bus contractor for two years. In addition to being a licensed school bus driver at that time, he was responsible for bus operations at 12 school districts in Oregon and Washington.

John has been a member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, serving on the Uniform Sanctions Committee and the Regulatory/Legal Affairs Committee.  He is also a past member of American Trucking Associations’ Safety Policy Committee.

John is a well known speaker including speaking engagements at: the Oregon Governor’s annual safety conference, American Trucking Associations Safety Management Council Western Region meeting, Idaho Motor Transport Association annual meeting, Alaska Trucking Association annual meetings and quarterly training sessions, Rocky Mountain Safety Rendezvous, Oregon Refuse/Recycling Association annual meeting, American Society of Safety Engineers chapter meetings, International Truck Show, Las Vegas, NV, and Driver safety meetings for various fleet operators.

John is a specialist in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the U.S. and International Hazardous Materials Regulations, Defensive Driving for professional drivers, Forklift Safety (train the trainer for OSHA), and Fatigue management.

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