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  • 11 Jan 2019 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced a new communications campaign to help the public make better traveling decisions during winter weather events to improve safety and the Department’s ability to clear snow.

    New Jersey is the most congested state in the nation, and in order to help clear the roads in winter weather, NJDOT and the public need to work together. A relatively routine winter weather system can wreak havoc in New Jersey when it occurs between 5am and 7pm, Monday thru Friday.

    “In order for NJDOT to clear highways of snow and ice, we need roads free from traffic so our trucks can get through and do their job,” Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “Our Winter Weather Congestion Alert plan is designed to alert the media and public when forecasted weather may cause congestion, and provide tips on what to do so our crews can get through to keep the roads clear, open, and safe.”

    The Winter Weather Congestion Alerts may provide general tips such as to consider telecommuting if possible or more specific recommendations to avoid certain highways with inclines that are often problematic during a storm – such I-280 or parts of I-78 in western New Jersey. The media and public will be alerted through press releases, the NJDOT Facebook page, Twitter @NJDOT_info, VMS boards, and www.511nj.org.

    Some ways NJDOT will encourage people to stay off the roads through alerts include:

    • Telecommuting
    • Traveling BEFORE the winter weather starts
    • STAYING PUT while the winter weather is occurring - Wait a few hours for the storm to subside before heading out
    • If you are traveling during the winter weather, PULL OFFsomewhere safe and wait it out
    • Always STAY CLEAR of plowing and spreading trucks.  If they are behind you, let them pass
    • DO NOT pass between trucks that are in a plow formation

    NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to alert motorists of the campaign. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on the NJDOT Facebook page or on Twitter @NJDOT_info.


  • 10 Jan 2019 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today published its latest update of state and local idling regulations on its website, TruckingResearch.org. The listing is provided in two forms. An online compendium provides detailed information and hyperlinks to each of the 65 state and local regulations that have been identified. A cab card is also available that provides a consolidated listing which can be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

    Among the newly enacted regulations now included in the compendium are: 

    1.Madison, Wisconsin has a 5-minute idling limit with limited exemptions, one of which is if the temperature is less than 20ºF or more than 90ºF. Fines can range from $25 to $200.

    2.Sandy City, Utah has a 1-minute idling limit with limited exemptions. Violators will be given up to three warnings before a citation not exceeding $750 can be issued.

    Other regulations now listed in the compendium include Newark, Delaware; Ithaca, New York; Logan, Utah; and Summit County, Utah.

    ATRI continues to monitor the development of idling regulations across the country and provides the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the myriad of state and local idling regulations.

     “Even though enforcement tends to vary among jurisdictions, with areas such as California and New York City being more active, the regulations highlight communities that are concerned about emissions from idling vehicles,” explained Mike Tunnell, ATRI’s Director of Environmental Research. “We urge trucking companies to be aware of these regulations not only to comply and avoid fines but to be good neighbors in the communities in which they operate.” 

  • 30 Nov 2018 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, this final rule provides the 2018 inflation adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. This rule also finalizes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s and the Office of the Secretary’s catch- up inflation adjustment interim final rules required by the same Act.

    View the Federal Register Notice at http://njmta.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/Federal%20Register%20Notice%2011272018-24930.pdf 

  • 30 Oct 2018 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NFI, a leading supply chain provider, was honored with the SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the fourth time as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. NFI was one of 40 truck carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3,700 partners. The winners were honored at the 2018 American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas on October 29, 2018.

    “By utilizing EPA’s eight SmartWay emissions metrics, among other key performance indicators, NFI has continually and diligently worked to reduce the environmental impact throughout the fleets we operate,” said Bill Bliem, Senior Vice President of Fleet Services at NFI. “Our ongoing initiatives across the entire company demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, and we look forward to continuing to help create a greener environment.”

    With social responsibility as a core value, NFI has implemented numerous sustainable technologies and continues to explore initiatives across its dedicated fleet of over 2,500 tractors and 9,000 trailers in North America. NFI plans to operate battery electric trucks in 2019 partnering with Daimler and Volvo. The company will run battery electric trucks by Tesla and other manufacturers in 2020.  NFI is also testing battery electric yard horse units, Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks using renewable CNG, as well as the viability of class 8 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Further, the company uses battery powered Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), along with aerodynamic components to help enhance fuel efficiency.

    “Today, the EPA is honoring top-performing SmartWay Carrier Partners with this year’s 2018 SmartWay Excellence Award, for their leadership in moving more goods with less fuel,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA’s Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation. “These companies inspire others in the freight sector to invest in innovative technologies and business practices that save fuel, while reducing costs and protecting the environment.”

    In addition to being an EPA SmartWay High Performer, NFI has been named a top green supply chain partner by Inbound Logistics and a top green provider by Food Logistics, among other accolades in recognition of its sustainability efforts. NFI’s integrated suite of solutions spans dedicated transportation, port drayage, distribution, brokerage, transportation management, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate.

    Find more information about the event here


  • 24 Oct 2018 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today launched its initiative to collect and warehouse anonymized electronic logging device data.  With universal deployment of electronic logging devices (ELDs), the industry now has a new opportunity to document and address the many issues that impact driver and carrier safety, operations, and productivity using the more robust data available from ELDs.  

    "The new data generated by ELDs can provide a wealth of insight and research support to our industry," said Andrew Boyle, Co-President of Boyle Transportation and ATRI Board Member.  "But we clearly need a trusted third-party facilitator to manage and monitor how the information is used.  ATRI is uniquely suited to serve that role.  In the right context, ELDs can provide the real-world data needed to guide future regulations and initiatives."

     

    A number of trucking fleets have already shared their ELD data with ATRI to evaluate its potential for a number of critical industry analyses and ATRI is now is looking for an expanded group of motor carriers who are willing to regularly provide anonymized ELD data to ATRI for the industry clearinghouse.  Through the collection of anonymous, aggregated ELD data, ATRI hopes to support solid, thorough and scientifically valid analyses to address major industry problems. 

     

    To learn more about how your fleet can support this effort please click here to provide a contact person for your organization.  ATRI will be scheduling a webinar for interested fleets in November to provide additional detail on what will be required to participate in the clearinghouse. 


  • 22 Oct 2018 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is accepting applications for its annual International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA), an award that recognizes the careers of extraordinary professional commercial motor vehicle drivers and their commitment to public safety.

    The 2019 IDEA winner will receive:

    • A check for $2,500
    • A crystal trophy
    • Airfare for the winner and one guest to St. Louis, Missouri
    • Two-night hotel stay at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

    The winner will be announced in March 2019, and presented with his or her award during the general session at the CVSA Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 1, 2019.

     

    Nominees must have:

    • At least 25 cumulative years of crash-free driving in a commercial motor vehicle with a clean driving record for the past three years
    • No felony convictions
    • No safety-related driving suspensions in the past three years
    • No driver violations in the past three years, excluding form and manner violations

    CVSA is accepting nominations through Dec. 14, 2018. Completed nomination packets must be received in full by the deadline. No exceptions.

     

    Download the 2019 IDEA Nomination Form.


  • 28 Sep 2018 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Annual registration for the Unified Carrier Registration program by motor carriers and other businesses subject to it commonly begins on October 1 for the following year.  Not this time!  Like last year, with the 2018 registration season, 2019 registration has been delayed.  And for the same reason:  the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in the process of adjusting the UCR fees downwards and has not yet issued the necessary final rule to accomplish that change.  The reduction in fees for 2018, readers will recall, was on the order of 9 percent; this year’s decrease – for 2019, will be somewhat larger, more than 10 percent.  The cause of the lower fees is the same, however:  UCR is collecting more money than the federal law authorizing the program allows, and the surplus must be returned to the industry in lower charges.  The UCR Board of Directors is cautiously predicting that the FMCSA rulemaking will be published and effective in November, allowing registration to proceed at that time.  State enforcement will not begin until 90 days after the rule is made final.  In the meantime, and despite invitations being sent out by various third parties – UCR registration for 2019 is NOT open, and carriers should hold off until it is.

    Readers might be reminded that the easiest way to register is through UCR’s national on-line system.  That too, however, has changed.  As of today, the UCR system operated for UCR for some years by the Indiana Department of Revenue, is closing down, and will be replaced immediately by a system run by the UCR program itself.  You can get to it at www.ucr.gov.  And the system is still accepting late registrations for 2018.

    Source: The State Laws Newsletter

  • 27 Sep 2018 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The IC3 has received complaints reporting cybercriminals are targeting the online payroll accounts of employees in a variety of industries. Institutions most affected are education, healthcare, and commercial airway transportation.

    METHODOLOGIES

    Cybercriminals target employees through phishing emails designed to capture an employee’s login credentials. Once the cybercriminal has obtained an employee’s credentials, the credentials are used to access the employee’s payroll account in order to change their bank account information. Rules are added by the cybercriminal to the employee’s account preventing the employee from receiving alerts regarding direct deposit changes. Direct deposits are then changed and redirected to an account controlled by the cybercriminal, which is often a prepaid card.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    To mitigate the threat of payroll diversion:

    • Alert and educate your workforce about this scheme, including preventative strategies and appropriate reactive measures should a breach occur.
    • Instruct employees to hover their cursor over hyperlinks included in emails they receive to view the actual URL. Ensure the URL is actually related to or associated with the company it purports to be from.
    • Instruct employees to refrain from supplying log-in credentials or personally identifying information in response to any email.
    • Direct employees to forward suspicious requests for personal information to the information technology or human resources department.
    • Ensure that log-in credentials used for payroll purposes differ from those used for other purposes, such as employee surveys.
    • Apply heightened scrutiny to bank information initiated by employees seeking to update or change direct deposit credentials.
    • Monitor employee logins that occur outside normal business hours.
    • Restrict access to the Internet on systems handling sensitive information or implement two-factor authentication for access to sensitive systems and information.
    • Only allow required processes to run on systems handling sensitive information.

    VICTIM REPORTING

    The FBI encourages victims to report information concerning suspicious or criminal activity to their local FBI field office, and file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov. If your complaint pertains to this particular scheme, then please note payroll diversion in the body of the complaint.


  • 13 Sep 2018 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CVSA Releases 2018 International Roadcheck Results

     

    Greenbelt, Maryland (Sept. 12, 2018) – Commercial motor vehicle enforcement personnel throughout Canada and the United States conducted 67,502 roadside inspections on large trucks and buses as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative, June 5-7, 2018.

     

    From all inspections, inspectors identified 11,897 vehicles with out-of-service conditions and 2,664 drivers with out-of-service conditions. Of the North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections conducted, 21.6 percent of commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service. Of all NAS Level I, II and III Inspections, 3.9 percent of drivers inspected were placed out of service.

     

    During an inspection, if an inspector identifies critical inspection items on a vehicle with specific violations, he or she will render the vehicle out of service, which means mechanical defects must be corrected in order for the vehicle to be permitted to proceed. A driver found to be in violation of the conditions in the out-of-service criteria, will be placed out of service until the condition can be rectified.

     

    International Roadcheck is a three-day enforcement event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct large-scale, high-visibility roadside inspections of commercial trucks and buses and their drivers. These inspections occurred at inspection sites, weigh stations and roving patrol locations along roadways throughout the 72-hour enforcement initiative.

     

    Each year, special emphasis is placed on a certain category of violations. This year’s focus was on hours-of-service compliance. Since the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017, throughout the United States, with CVSA's NAS Out-of-Service Criteria effective April 1, 2018, this year’s International Roadcheck, held two months after out-of-service enforcement began, served as the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of hours-of-service regulations and compliance.

     

    Hours-of-service violations represented 43.7 percent of all driver out-of-service conditions; however, of the total number of inspections conducted during International Roadcheck, less than 2 percent of drivers were placed out of service for hours-of-service violations.

     

    CVSA pulled and analyzed data from the three days of International Roadcheck from the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) and pooled that data with data collected and submitted by CVSA’s Canadian jurisdictions to report overall statistics from Canada and the United States for 2018 International Roadcheck.

    • A total of 67,502 Level I, II and III Inspections were conducted.
    • 21.6 percent of commercial motor vehicles that received Level I Inspections were placed out of service; 3.9 percent of drivers who received a Level I, II or III Inspection were placed out of service.
    • There were 15,981 vehicle out-of-service conditions; 3,035 driver out-of-service conditions; and 211 hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/DG) out-of-service conditions.
    • The majority of inspections (45,400) were NAS Level I Inspections. A Level I Inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Other inspections conducted included the NAS Level II Walk-Around Inspection (11,458) and the NAS Level III Driver-Only Inspection (10,644).
    • The top vehicle out-of-service conditions were for brake systems (4,536), tires and wheels (3,058) and brake adjustment (2,612). The top driver out-of-service conditions were for hours of service (1,326), wrong class license (648) and false record of duty status (308).
    • 736 motorcoaches were inspected.
    • 60,321 inspections were conducted in the United States; 7,181 inspections were conducted in Canada.

    Of all vehicle violations, vehicle-related results are as follows:

    • 21.6 percent (9,819) of vehicles that had a Level I Inspection conducted (45,400) were placed out of service for vehicle-related violations.
    • The top three out-of-service vehicle violations were for brake systems (28.4 percent), tires and wheels (19.1 percent) and brake adjustment (16.3 percent).
    • Of the vehicles carrying HM/DG that had a Level I or II Inspection conducted, the vehicle out-of-service rate was 13.1 percent.
    • Of all HM/DG out-of-service vehicle violations, the top three were for loading (25.6 percent), other HM (21.3 percent) and shipping papers (19.9 percent).
    • Brake adjustment and brake system violations combined to represent 44.7 percent (7,148) of all out-of-service vehicle violations.
    • 9.4 percent of the motorcoaches that received a Level I Inspection were placed out of service for vehicle violations.

    Of all driver violations, driver-related results are as follows:

    • 3.9 percent (2,664) of drivers who received a Level I, II or III Inspection were placed out of service for driver-related violations.
    • Of the drivers operating vehicles carrying HM/DG who were inspected, 1.7 percent were placed out of service for driver violations.
    • 1.4 percent of the motorcoach/bus drivers who received a Level I, II or III Inspection were placed out of service for driver violations.
    • Of all driver out-of-service conditions, the top three were for hours of service (43.7 percent), wrong class license (21.4 percent) and false record of duty status (10.1 percent).
    • There were 729 safety belt violations.

    The specific out-of-service (OOS) percentage distributions (numbers indicate a percentage of the total out-of-service violations by category) from 2018 International Roadcheck are shown below:

     

     

     

     

    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 Criteria as the pass-fail criteria for inspections.

     

    If no violations of the critical vehicle inspection items 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.

     

    Now in its 31st year, International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement organization, with participation by FMCSA, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation.


  • 22 Aug 2018 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.

    The upcoming Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which will be published in the Federal Register, responds to widespread Congressional, industry, and citizen concerns and seeks feedback from the public to determine if HOS revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads.  The comment period will be open for 30 days.

    The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:

    • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
    • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
    • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
    • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

    In addition, the ANPRM seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty limitation (filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement (filed by TruckerNation).

    Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, which required most FMCSA-regulated motor carriers to convert their records from paper to an electronic format, became effective. While compliance with the ELD rule has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry, it has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking.

    Additional information on the ANPRM, including how to submit comments to the Federal Register docket, is available here.

    The first in a series of public listening sessions on the ANPRM will take place Friday, August 24, 2018, in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time.  Further information is available here

    Information on current HOS regulations is available here.

    Information on electronic logging devices (ELDs) carried on-board long-haul trucks and used by commercial vehicle enforcement officers to check compliance with HOS regulations is available here.

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