FMCSA amends its regulations to eliminate the requirement that drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce prepare and submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers annually.
This requirement is largely duplicative of a separate rule that requires each motor carrier to make an annual inquiry to obtain the motor vehicle record (MVR) for each driver it employs from every State in which the driver holds or has held a CMV operator's license or permit in the past year.
To ensure motor carriers are aware of traffic convictions for a driver who is licensed by a foreign authority rather than by a State, the Agency amends the rule to provide that motor carriers must make an annual inquiry to each driver's licensing authority where a driver holds or has held a CMV operator's license or permit.
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Published in today’s Federal Register is a DOT Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM is available at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-02-28/pdf/2022-02364.pdf and in the attachment. Today we will post it on the ODAPC webpage at https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/frpubs.
The proposals in the NPRM include:
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is adding 17 more vehicle types to its online registration renewal and replacement services. This will allow more customers to conduct their NJMVC business without the need for a visit to an agency.
This expansion of online services is made possible through a new document upload feature on the NJMVC website that will allow the efficient and secure upload of required documents by customers so these specific 17 registrations can be renewed or replaced online. The new document upload feature paves the way for even more NJMVC services to be offered online in the future.
“This announcement will impact more than 80,000 vehicles in New Jersey. It’s a significant milestone for the NJMVC as we continue to build out our capacity for online services,” said NJMVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton. “Our goal is to push as many transactions online as possible for improved customer service and convenience, and with safety and security still foremost in mind.”
As of today, Feb. 24, the following additional vehicle registration codes are newly eligible for online renewal and replacement:
Customers with vehicles in the above categories will be eligible to use the new document upload feature to submit documents and renew their registration online only if it has not expired before Sept. 2021.
A request for a duplicate or replacement registration online for these vehicle codes will not require the uploading of documents.
Additionally, customers who have received renewal notices for vehicles in the above categories with an expiration before June 2022 will not get the required PIN preprinted on their application for renewal. To renew online, these customers will have to request a PIN through the NJMVC’s New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission - Online Services (state.nj.us). The PIN request service also is embedded in the process for online registration renewal at the NJ MVC | Vehicle Registration Renewal (state.nj.us).
The NJMVC has steadily moved transactions online throughout the pandemic so that about 80% of all transactions can now be completed online. These 17 added vehicle codes will push the figure of vehicle registration renewals and replacements that can be completed online closer to 100%.
For motor vehicle services and more NJMVC news and updates, please visit NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released a new report analyzing trucking industry impacts from the rising costs of insurance. This analysis, a top priority of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee, utilized detailed financial and insurance data from dozens of motor carriers and commercial insurers. The report assesses immediate and longer-term impacts that rising insurance costs have on carrier financial conditions, safety technology investments and crash outcomes as well as strategies used by carriers to manage escalating insurance costs.
The study found that carrier strategies included decreasing insurance coverage levels, raising deductibles and/or Self-Insurance Retention (SIR) levels, and decreasing investments in other cost centers. In spite of this increased liability exposure, out-of-pocket incident costs and carrier crash involvement remained stable or decreased among a majority of respondents.
Despite reductions in insurance coverage, rising deductibles and improved safety, almost all motor carriers experienced substantial increases in insurance costs from 2018 to 2020. Premiums increased across all fleet sizes and sectors, with small fleets paying more than three times as much as very large fleets on a per-mile basis. One-third of respondents reported cutting wages or bonuses due to rising insurance costs, and 22 percent cut investments in equipment and technology – potentially creating future safety and driver shortage concerns. However, in the short-term, crash data confirms that carriers that raised deductibles or reduced insurance coverage were generally incentivized to reduce crashes in the subsequent year.
Finally, the research describes a process for calculating the “Total Cost of Risk” in order to evaluate the full scale and impact of rising insurance costs on a carrier’s long-term safety and financial viability, including safety investments in drivers, programs and technologies.
“ATRI’s study corroborates the Triple-I’s research on rising insurance costs and social inflation – that increased litigation and other factors dramatically raise insurers’ claim payouts,” noted Dale Porfilio, Chief Insurance Officer of the Insurance Information Institute. “External factors that go well beyond carrier safety force commercial trucking insurance costs to increase, which then requires carriers to redesign their business strategies. The higher premiums ultimately tend to be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services.”
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced this year’s International Roadcheck dates as May 17-19 with a focus on wheel ends.
International Roadcheck is 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative. Commercial motor vehicle inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct North American Standard Inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh and inspection stations, on roving patrols, and at temporary inspection sites.
Each year, CVSA focuses on a specific aspect of a roadside inspection. This year, the focus will be on wheel ends. Wheel end components support the heavy loads carried by commercial motor vehicles, maintain stability and control, and are critical for braking. Violations involving wheel end components historically account for about one quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck, and past International Roadcheck data routinely identified wheel end components as a top 10 vehicle violation.
During International Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspectors examine large trucks and motorcoaches and the driver’s documentation and credentials using CVSA’s North American Standard Inspection Program procedures which are the uniform inspection steps, processes and standards established to ensure consistency in compliance, inspections and enforcement. Using the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, also established by CVSA, inspectors identify critical out-of-service violations that if found, require the inspector to restrict the driver or vehicle from travel until those violations or conditions are addressed.
Vehicles that successfully pass a North American Standard Level I or Level V Inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations may receive a CVSA decal. In general, a vehicle with a valid CVSA decal will not be re-inspected during the three months while the decal is valid. Instead, inspectors will focus their efforts on vehicles without a valid CVSA decal.
“We want every vehicle on our roadways to be in proper working order for the safety of the driver operating that vehicle and everyone traveling on our roadways,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
In consideration of COVID-19 and the health and safety of commercial motor vehicle inspectors and drivers, law enforcement personnel will conduct inspections following their departments’ health and safety protocols during International Roadcheck.
International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and Mexico’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation.
Charles Laurence Amorosi, age 77, of Cape Coral, Florida passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Charles was born February 13, 1944 in Newark, New Jersey. Charles graduated from Bloomfield High School and earned his B.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He was married to Lois Amorosi on July 4, 2004. Charles had a nearly 40 year career in food distribution working for Wakefern Food Corp (ShopRite Supermarkets). During the span of his career he also served as President of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association (2005-2007).
He was an avid boat lover and pilot of high performance powerboats. He was a member of the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club (NJPPC) and combined with his position with Wakefern, he was able to arrange to donate food to the annual Shore Dreams charity boat event in Seaside Heights NJ which provided a day of boating and fun for disabled children and their families. He also belonged to the Florida Powerboat Club and was a Hall of Fame member of Poker Runs America.
He was survived by his wife Lois, son Chris (wife Andrea), daughter Patty (husband Carl), son Glen (wife Teresa) and his grandchildren Joseph, Dante, Olivia, Thomas, Carly and great-granddaughter Aubree. He was also a wonderful stepfather to Michelle (husband Tom), Angela (husband Andrew) and Anthony (wife Shellean) and grandfather to their children Nicholas, Thomas, Brianna, Kaila, Anthony, Givanna, Angelina, Dominic, Kaila, Evangeline and Thomas, and a great-grandfather to Raelynne and Theodore.
The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.
The 2022 Top Truck Bottleneck List measures the level of truck-involved congestion at over 300 locations on the national highway system. The analysis, based on truck GPS data from over 1 million freight trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. ATRI’s truck GPS data is also used to support the U.S. DOT’s Freight Mobility Initiative. The bottleneck locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations, although ATRI continuously monitors more than 300 freight-critical locations.
For the fourth year in a row, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey is once again the Number One freight bottleneck in the country. The rest of the Top 10 includes:
ATRI’s analysis, which utilized data from 2021, found traffic levels rebounded across the country as more Americans returned to work and consumer demand for goods and services continued to grow. Consequently, supply chain bottlenecks occurred throughout the country. Average rush hour truck speeds were 38.6 MPH, down more than 11 percent from the previous year.
“ATRI’s bottleneck list is a roadmap for federal and state administrators responsible for prioritizing infrastructure investments throughout the country. Every year, ATRI’s list highlights the dire needs for modernizing and improving our roads and bridges,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear. “We have seen, most recently in Pittsburgh, that the cost of doing nothing could also cost lives. It’s time to fund these projects and get our supply chains moving again.”
For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website here. ATRI is also providing animations created with truck GPS data for select bottleneck locations, all available on the website.
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Myron "Mike" P. Shevell, who rose from driving a pickle truck to leading one the most profitable family-owned trucking companies in the United States, died surrounded by his family on January 24th in Palm Beach, Florida. He was 87 years old.
Mr. Shevell began his career working for his father, Nathan, who owned a small trucking fleet in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, that transported seafood from the New Jersey shore and, on occasion, liquor during Prohibition. When the younger Mr. Shevell was 14 years old, he spent nights doing deliveries, and the fact that he lacked a driver's license seemed a mere technicality. He ferried groceries to warehouses and restaurants from Baltimore to New Jersey, then returned home for breakfast before jumping on the bus to school.
After graduating from George Washington University and New York University, Mr. Shevell assumed executive roles at Apex Express, the family-owned business. He went from there to Royal Motor Lines, which later merged with Eastern Freight Ways. During the 1970s, Mr. Shevell and his brother, Daniel, increased revenues dramatically, turning the company into the gold standard of the trucking business, and taking the company public. The brothers acquired Associated Transport, making it the third-largest trucking company in America. But the fuel crisis, along with other complications of the merger, resulted in the collapse of both companies. In 1977, Mr. Shevell acquired New England Motor Freight where he became the chairman and chief executive officer.
Mike Shevell loved trucks, he lived and breathed trucks, and he passed along his enthusiasm to his three children. On weekends, he brought Nancy, Jon, and Susan with him to truck terminals, giving each of them a quarter for every one of his trucks they spotted along the way. Collecting antique trucks was his only hobby.
He ran his businesses with characteristic warmth, greeting the drivers by name, and beginning his annual addresses with a blast of Frank Sinatra's "My Way."
Despite his enormous passion for the business, Mr. Shevell did not look the part. He dressed in bespoke Oxxford suits and lavished himself with Pucci aftershave, leaving the scent in his wake. Yet he didn't hesitate, if needed, to poke beneath the hood or crawl under a vehicle. He started each morning in the maintenance shop, ate a deli sandwich at his desk every day, and dined at a restaurant, usually Il Mulino, Elio's, Fresco, or the Friars Club in Manhattan, every evening.
At its peak, NEMF had 4,200 employees and operated 10,000 pieces of equipment with 40 terminals throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern United States. Mr. Shevell believed in the importance of unions and their support of the labor force, but was unintimidated by the power of the Teamsters and eventually replaced them with the Machinists union in the late 1970s. In 2019, one year after its 100th anniversary, New England Motor Freight filed for bankruptcy protection. It closed operations in 2020.
Mr. Shevell's career soared to great heights and fell to deep lows. He was named Master Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and served as the vice-chairman of the New Jersey Transit Corporation and president of the New Jersey Trucker's Association. He received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He also served on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities for over a decade.
Myron Shevell is survived by his daughter, Nancy McCartney and son-in-law Sir Paul McCartney, daughter Susan Shevell, and grandchildren Arlen Walters Blakeman, Merissa Leigh Simon and her husband David T. Simon, Zachary Walters Cohen and his wife Arielle T. Cohen, and great-grandchildren Arley, Logan and Charlotte. He is predeceased by his wife of 34 years, Arlene Walters Shevell, and his son Jon Shevell.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Arlene Walters Shevell Scholarship Foundation, c/o Parents Support Group—Karol Sullivan, at 31 Hathaway Lane, Essex Fells, NJ 07021.
N.J. Trucking Leader Myron ‘Mike’ Shevell Dies at 87 | Transport Topics (ttnews.com)
Myron “Mike” P. Shevell Obituary - The Palm Beach Post
John Tashian of Nick's Towing Service Photo Credit: Nick Testa (Nick's Towing Service)
Our operator, John Jay "JJ" Tashjian was traveling northbound on the NJ Turnpike, returning from delivering a truck to Newark, NJ in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 23, 2022, when he noticed a vehicle that crashed off the roadway and came to rest in a tall grassy area approximately 50 feet into the meadows beginning to burn. He was the first person on the scene and immediately contacted Nick's Towing dispatch who in turn contacted NJ Turnpike Operations and informed them of the situation. John Jay ran to the burning car and rescued the driver from the vehicle by pulling him out and getting him to safety and warmth inside his tow truck. Once they were clear of the vehicle, it became fully engulfed in flames. Turnpike Operations were updated as to the severity of the situation as the tall grass around the vehicle was beginning to catch fire. The NJ State Police, Kearny Fire Department as well as EMS were expedited to the scene. Once the fire was extinguished and the owner of the vehicle was being administered assistance by the EMS, the Nick's Towing team recovered the vehicle back onto the roadway, where it was safely loaded onto a flatbed and transported to Nick's Towing Service.
"I couldn't be more proud of John Jay's efforts." remarks Nicholas F. Testa, owner. "He is a courageous young man. In this day and age when most people would simply drive by a scenario like this, he instead jumped into action and put himself in jeopardy to save another person. Towing operators don't get nearly the respect they deserve for coming to the aid of the motoring public day or night, 24/7 no matter what the weather or scenario, oftentimes in precarious situations. John Jay took what he does every day and stepped it up even more by coming to the aid of a complete stranger. I would like to remind everyone to please follow the law and Slow Down and Move Over when you see one of my people, or any tower, police officer, EMS, fire department personnel or construction worker, working on the side of the road. They all deserve to stay safe too."
CLOSE CALL: Hero Tow Truck Driver Rescues Motorist From Burning Sedan On NJ Turnpike | Rutherford Daily Voice
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