On Sept. 7, 2017, enforcement personnel throughout Canada and the United States conducted 7,698 inspections on commercial motor vehicles as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Day. Fourteen percent of the vehicles inspected were placed out of service specifically for brake-related violations.
The goal of Brake Safety Day is to conduct roadside inspections, and identify and remove vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways in an effort to reduce the number of crashes caused by or made more severe by brake system deficiencies on commercial motor vehicles.
Inspection data from Brake Safety Day featured the following notable results:
Brake Safety Day also captures data on how well antilock braking systems (ABS) are maintained in accordance with federal regulations. ABS help the driver to stop in the shortest possible distance under many conditions and to maintain steering control in situations when tires start to slip. Many participating jurisdictions surveyed ABS compliance. ABS violations were counted when the malfunction lamp did not work or the malfunction lamp stayed on, indicating a fault of some kind. The findings are as follows:
"Brake-related violations are the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. CVSA’s Brake Safety Day provides an opportunity enhance brake safety," said CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner with the Kansas Highway Patrol. "Our goal is to reduce the number of crashes caused by faulty braking systems, by conducting roadside inspections, educating drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake inspection and maintenance."
Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle operation. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of large trucks and buses, posing serious risks to driver and public safety. ABS, combined with the brake system, provide a platform for stability control and for other safety-enhancing systems to function.
Brake Safety Day is part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.
The New York City Department of Transportation and MTA Bridges and Tunnels advise that the Annual New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 5th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorist should expect local street closures and delays throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City during these times. The entire Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over height vehicles and vehicles carrying hazardous materials will be banned from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in both directions from 11 p.m., Saturday, November 4th through 3 p.m., Sunday, November 5th. The Pulaski Bridge, Queensboro Bridge, Willis Avenue Bridge, and Madison Avenue Bridge will also be closed during the marathon. Motorists should allow for extra travel time to reach their destination or consider using mass transit.
Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. Throughout the week, enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors on our roadways.
Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle crashes.
CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger-vehicle traffic enforcement.
Examples of dangerous driver behaviors that enforcement personnel will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, traveling too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, etc.
Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations, and aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around a CMV – through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.
The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of
Fish and Wildlife is reminding motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer
as days get shorter and deer become more active with mating season under
"Deer are involved in thousands of collisions with motor vehicles in New
Jersey each year, with the highest number occurring during the fall mating
season," said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Larry Herrighty. "We
strongly urge all motorists to be particularly alert to the possibility of
deer suddenly darting onto roadways and to be aware of some steps they can
take to reduce the risk of serious injury to themselves or their
Deer are apt to suddenly sprint onto roadways as bucks actively pursue does.
This activity, known as the fall rut, is most pronounced in the very early
morning and around sunset, when visibility can be difficult. Using caution
becomes even more important when Daylight Saving Time ends November 5,
causing commutes to align with periods when deer are most active and
lighting conditions can be most difficult for motorists.
For motorists, low levels of light and sun glare can make it very difficult
to see deer that are about to cross the road. In addition, multiple deer may
cross the road at any given moment, usually in a single file.
The following tips can help motorists stay safe during deer mating season:
* If you see a deer, slow down and pay attention to possible sudden
movement. If the deer is in the road and doesn't move, don't go around it.
Wait for the deer to pass and the road is clear.
* Pay attention to "Deer Crossing" signs. Slow down when traveling
through areas known to have a high concentration of deer so you will have
ample time to stop if necessary.
* If you are traveling after dark, use high beams when there is no
oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead. High beams will be reflected by the eyes
of deer on or near roads. If you see one deer, be on guard: others may be in
the area. Deer typically move in family groups at this time of year and
cross roads single-file.
* Don't tailgate. Remember: the driver in front of you might have to
stop suddenly to avoid hitting a deer.
* Always wear a seatbelt, as required by law. Drive at a safe and
sensible speed, accounting for weather, available lighting, traffic, curves
and other road conditions.
* If a collision appears inevitable, do not swerve to avoid impact.
The deer may counter-maneuver suddenly. Brake appropriately, but stay in
your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal when a driver swerves
to avoid a deer and instead collides with oncoming traffic or a fixed
structure along the road.
* Report any deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency
* Obey the state's hands-free device law or, better yet, avoid any
distractions by refraining from using cellular devices while driving.
Motorists are encouraged to inform the Department of Transportation of dead
deer they find along the state highway system, and can share information at:
Municipal and county governments are responsible for removal of dead deer
from roads they maintain.
Peak rutting season for deer in New Jersey runs from late October,
throughout November, and into mid-December in all areas of the state,
beginning earliest in northern regions.
As a result of New Jersey's proactive deer management policies, the
estimated population of deer in New Jersey, derived from a formula based on
deer harvested in hunting seasons, is about 100,000, down from 204,000 in
This does not factor in high densities of deer inhabiting areas where
hunting is not permitted. The DEP's Community-Based Deer Management Permit
program is available to help municipalities control deer in areas where
sport hunting is not a viable management tool.
For more information about white-tailed deer in New Jersey, visit:
For more information on the Community-Based Deer Management Program, visit:
ANNOUNCEMENT: Register for the Hours of Service: How Familiar are You Question and Answer session
We invite you to attend a live Hours of Service (HOS) Question and Answer session with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) subject matter expert Tom Yager, Chief of the Driver and Carrier Operations Division, and Peter Chandler, Lead Transportation Specialist in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Passenger Carrier Division.
The Hours of Service regulations address the number of hours that a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver may be on the road and the number of hours a CMV driver may be on duty before a required period of rest. In addition, the regulations address permitted driving time based upon a driver’s on-duty hours in a “work week.”
This hour-long session will allow participants the opportunity to submit HOS related questions and have them answered by FMCSA’s HOS Subject Matter Experts. Participants may email their questions in advance of the live question and answer session to NTCHost@dot.gov or submit their questions during the session.
There are two different participation options for each session. Choose the option that works best for you and register to receive the participation information.
Thursday, October 19, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Online Webinar: To register in Adobe Connect, please click here.
Conference Line: To register in Adobe Connect, please click here.
Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Closed Captioning will be provided.
Point of Contact: If you have any questions regarding these sessions please contact NTCHost@dot.gov.
NJ&NYC have strict idling laws, truckers are reminded idling more than 3 minutes is prohibited on port roadways & terminal property fines can exceed $250/infraction
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on Dec. 18, 2017. The out-of-service criteria (OOSC) associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect on April 1, 2018.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) congressionally mandated ELD compliance deadline is still set for Dec. 18, 2017. On that date, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD. Beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15.
This announcement does not impact enforcement of the OOSC for other hours-of-service violations.
CVSA supports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule. However, setting an April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations.
CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased-in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in regulatory requirements. The CVSA Board of Directors, in consultation with FMCSA and the motor carrier industry, agreed that the phased-in approach to implementation of the ELD requirements outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement.
A letter was sent to FMCSA notifying the agency of CVSA’s commitment to implementing the new requirement, as scheduled, on Dec. 18, 2017, and noting the April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC.
For more information about the ELD rule, visit FMCSA’s ELD implementation website.
Everyone who uses the roads has a role to play in safety. This includes large trucks and buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.
This contest lets children in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12) use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads.
Click below to download our contest entry form or get ideas for your artwork!
One Grand Prize Winner and five Honorable Mention winners will be chosen for each of two categories:
*As of June 18, 2017
For each of the award categories, one Grand Prize Winner and five Honorable Mention winners will be chosen.
All 12 winners will receive a certificate of recognition and have their artwork featured in a 2018 calendar. The artists will also be featured in a press release, highlighted on multiple social media sites, and featured on the FMCSA website.
Commercial motor vehicle enforcement personnel in Canada and the United States conducted more than 62,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck, June 6-8, 2017. 23 percent of vehicles and 4.2 percent of drivers that received Level I Inspections were placed out of service.
International Roadcheck is a three-day enforcement event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct high-volume, large-scale, high-visibility roadside inspections of large trucks and buses. Commercial motor vehicles and their drivers were checked at inspection sites, weigh stations and roving patrol locations along roadways in North America throughout the 72-hour enforcement initiative.
· A total of 62,013 Level I, II and III Inspections were conducted during 2017 International Roadcheck.
· 19.4 percent of commercial motor vehicles inspected (Level I, II or III Inspections) were placed out of service. 4.7 percent of all drivers inspected (Level I, II, and III Inspections) were placed out of service.
· 40,944 inspections were North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections. A Level I Inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes examination of both the driver and vehicle. Other inspections conducted included the NAS Level II Walk-Around Inspection (12,787) and the NAS Level III Driver-Only Inspection (8,282).
· 7,713 inspections were conducted in Canada; 54,300 were conducted in the United States.
Vehicle-related results are as follows:
· Of the 40,944 Level I Inspections conducted, 23 percent (9,398) percent were placed out of service for vehicle-related violations.
· The top three out-of-service vehicle violations were for brake systems (26.9 percent of vehicle out-of-service violations), cargo securement (15.7 percent) and tires/wheels (15.1 percent).
· Of the 2,267 vehicles carrying hazardous materials/dangerous goods that received a Level I Inspection, 12.8 percent were placed out of service for vehicle-related violations.
· The top three vehicle violations related to the transportation of hazardous materials/dangerous goods were for loading and securement (40.4 percent of all out-of-service hazardous materials/dangerous goods violations), shipping papers (22.7 percent) and placarding (20.8 percent).
· 398 motorcoaches received Level I Inspections; 10.1 percent (40) were placed out of service for vehicle-related violations.
· Of the vehicles placed out of service, brake adjustment and brake system violations combined to represent 41.4 percent (7,743) of all out-of-service vehicle violations.
Driver results are as follows:
· Of the 62,013 total Level I, II, and III Inspections conducted, 4.7 percent (2,940) of drivers were placed out of service for driver-related violations.
· Of Level I, II and III Inspections of vehicles carrying hazardous materials/dangerous goods, 1.9 percent were placed out of service for driver-related violations.
· Out of the 598 motorcoaches that received Level I, II or III Inspections, 3.8 percent (23) of drivers were placed out of service for driver-related violations.
· The top three driver-related violations were for hours of service (32.3 percent of driver out-of-service violations), wrong class license (14.9 percent) and false log book (11.3 percent).
· There were 710 safety belt violations.
Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus was cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA highlighted proper cargo securement this year as a reminder of its importance. Cargo securement violations (not including hazardous materials/dangerous goods loading/securement) represented 15.7 percent of all vehicle out of service violations during 2017 International Roadcheck.
The top five violations related to cargo securement (out of a total of 3,282) in the United States were:
1. No or improper load securement (423)
2. Failure to secure vehicle equipment (379)
3. Leaking, spilling, blowing, falling cargo (281)
4. Insufficient tiedowns to prevent forward movement for load not blocked by headerboard, bulkhead or cargo (256)
5. Failure to secure load (178)
The specific out-of-service (OOS) violation percentage distributions (numbers indicate a percentage of the total out-of-service violations by category) from 2017 International Roadcheck are shown below:
Vehicle OOS Violations Category
Percentage of Vehicle OOS Violations
Driver OOS Violation Category
Percentage of Driver OOS Violations
Hazmat OOS Violation Category
Percentage of Hazmat OOS Violations
Hours of Service
Wrong Class License
False Log Book
Transport Vehicle Markings
Once violations of the regulations have been identified and documented on a roadside inspection report, roadside enforcement personnel use the CVSA NAS Out-of-Service Criteriaas the pass-fail criteria for inspections. During an inspection, if an inspector identifies critical violations, he or she will render the driver or vehicle out of service, which means the driver cannot operate the vehicle until the critical vehicle mechanical conditions or defects, and/or driver qualifications, are corrected.
If no critical violations are found during an eligible inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied as a visual indicator that the vehicle successfully passed inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector. The NAS Level I Inspection and NAS Level V Vehicle-Only Inspections are the only inspections eligible for issuance of a CVSA decal.
“This year, we’re celebrating 30 years of the International Roadcheck Program,” said CVSA President Julius Debuschewitz with Yukon Highways and Public Works. “When this program started in 1988, the goal of International Roadcheck was to conduct inspections to identify and remove unsafe commercial motor vehicles and/or drivers from our roadways. Thirty years and 1.5 million inspections later, the International Roadcheck enforcement initiative is still going strong, thanks to the more than 13,000 inspectors who work hard every day to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roadways.”
During International Roadcheck, inspectors primarily conduct the NAS Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes examinations of both the driver and vehicle. The vehicle inspection includes checking braking systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating. Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.
International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with more than 13 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute throughout North America during a 72-hour period. It is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement organization, with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.
Learn more about Roadcheck at http://cvsa.org/program/programs/international-roadcheck/.
American Trucking Associations, along with millions of travelers and 3.5 million American truck drivers, will watch the solar eclipse on August 21. The trucking industry is responsible for moving the nation’s goods during the eclipse and asks for the public’s assistance in ensuring safety on the country’s roads and bridges.
“Since the last time we saw a solar eclipse from U.S. soil, the amount of cars on our roads has multiplied by 50 times, the demand for goods has grown, and highway users are more distracted than ever with new technology,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc. “It is important that we all work together and practice safety during moments like this and remember that even the smallest unsafe decision can ruin what could be a treasured memory.”
The Moon’s umbra shadow, commonly referred to as the “path of totality,” will span 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina. Nearly 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the path and travel experts, including the Federal Highway Administration, expect an increase in traffic in places where the path will be easily accessible. The path of totality will first make landfall stateside at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT before continuing across the continental U.S. through 12 states before reaching South Carolina.
In preparation for the eclipse, the trucking industry recommends leaving early to find a safe place to view the eclipse. AAA and the Federal Communications Commission advise travelers that weather conditions will play a significant factor in where eclipse viewers decide to set up for the viewing. Should inclement weather effect potential viewing, travelers may decide to adjust locations, further congesting the roads that are expected to see an influx of traffic. Because motorists will be traveling to the path of totality from hundreds of miles, many motorists may not be familiar with the roads, terrain and climate. By following standard safety tips and understanding the added highway volume, all motorists can reduce stress and improve their solar eclipse experience.
“I, along with 3.5 million professional truck drivers, ask that everyone who is traveling to view the eclipse on Monday do so in a safe, patient manner in order to ensure safe driving conditions for every motorist and passenger,” said America’s Road Team Captain Chuck Lobsiger of Walmart Transportation. “It is our collective responsibility to practice safety before, during, and after the eclipse so that everyone can get home and appreciate this historic event.”
Safety on the highways is the ultimate goal of America’s Road Team, which is why the group of elite professional truck drivers reminds the general motoring public to pay full attention on the road while driving and to be aware of the high volume of travelers. The trucking industry invests more than $9.5 billion on safety each year and believes that the most important item on a traveler’s agenda during this phenomenon is practicing safety to ensure all drivers and passengers arrive safely to their destinations.
America’s Road Team ask that drivers follow these tips, provided in part by AAA, for safely viewing the solar eclipse and navigating through additional traffic:
· Turn on your headlights well before the eclipse to help you be more visible to drivers and improve your visibility.
· Reduce speed so you’ll have more time to make an emergency maneuver.
· Watch out for pedestrians! There may be people standing in or along roadways and streets watching the eclipse.
· Be a defensive driver. Be especially aware of the possibility of nearby drivers swerving into your lane.
· Buckle Up: high congestion on the highways is a leading indicator of vehicle accidents. Wearing your safety belt saves lives. Remember to buckle up at all times.
· Do not attempt to watch the solar eclipse when driving. Get to your viewing location well in advance of the eclipse.
· Don’t depend only on cell phones for navigation. Safe driving is paramount when stuck in high traffic areas.
· Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel. Make sure you have a full tank of gas, first aid kit, water and any necessary medication in case you get stuck in traffic.
· Be aware of truck blind spots: When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can't see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can't see you.
· Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. NASA is expected to provide a great video stream of the solar eclipse, but wait until you are stopped in a safe place to use your cell phone.
· During the eclipse, do not look directly into the sun.
· Following the eclipse, many people will be anxious to get on the road. Take extra caution and use patience when entering and exiting the highway.
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