The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week is this week, Oct. 16-22, 2016. Throughout the week, there will be heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle (car) drivers.
Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers continues 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 reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and cars due to unsafe driving behaviors.
Examples of unsafe driver behaviors that law enforcement will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, improper lane change, etc. This enforcement blitz focuses not only on CMV drivers but also on passenger-vehicle drivers who are operating unsafely around large trucks and buses, such as traveling too closely, aggressive driving, cutting off commercial motor vehicles, etc.
Each participating jurisdiction will focus enforcement and education on its relevant problem areas related to unsafe driver behaviors as part of Operation Safe Driver Week. For example, a jurisdiction may conduct high-visibility traffic enforcement on CMV and passenger-vehicle drivers in high crash-rate areas along major highways. Some jurisdictions may employ covert enforcement search and identification efforts. Or some jurisdictions may focus on specific target areas for improvement such as driver traffic enforcement around work zones.
To find out about Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement events going on in your area, contact the agency/department responsible for overseeing commercial motor vehicle safety within your jurisdiction.
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 by or around commercial motor vehicles – and to initiate educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address those exhibiting high-risk behaviors.
Industry Q&A Sessions
As a reminder, this series of Q&A Sessions, produced by the FMCSA National Training Center (NTC), is open for registration, and there is still time to register for one of the sessions, scheduled on the following dates:
A description of information that will be covered in the webinar can be found below the registration information.
Links to see the proposed enhancements in action, view the video and register for a Q&A session are in the PDF attached to this email, or the PDF can be accessed online at: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/SMSPreview-info
These question and answer (Q&A) sessions will provide industry stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed Safety Measurement System (SMS) enhancements and the preview, and receive answers in real time. These sessions are designed to give industry stakeholders time to learn more about the proposed changes following the release of the public SMS Preview on October 4, 2016. The SMS Preview will be released with a follow-on Federal Register Notice announcing a 60-day comment period.
To support the Q&A sessions, FMCSA developed a video presentation, which outlines the proposed changes and how to use the preview website. Before joining an online Q&A session, participants can view the video along with other reference materials available in the SMS Preview Help Center. Each session will end once all questions related to the preview have been answered. The Agency encourages stakeholders to submit questions ahead of time via the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Feedback form.
For any general questions regarding these webinars, contact Kirse Kelly (email@example.com or 703-235-1324).
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule amending its commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by simplifying the process of obtaining a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or CDL.
This final rule extends the period of time for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to one year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a CMV.
This final rule also allows a state to accept applications from active duty military personnel who are stationed in that state and to administer the written and skills tests for a CLP or CDL.
States that choose to accept such applications must use forms and procedures acceptable to the state of domicile of the military personnel (their state of permanent residence or “home” state), and must transmit the test results electronically to the state of domicile.
The state of domicile may issue the CLP or CDL on the basis of those results.
Click here to read the Federal Register notice.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting entitled "Big Data in the Workplace: Examining Implications for Equal Employment Opportunity Law" on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) at EEOC headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.
At the meeting, EEOC Commissioners will hear from a broad panel of experts on a range of issues, including big data trends and technologies, the benefits and risks of big data analytics, current and potential uses of big data in employment, and how the use of big data may implicate equal employment opportunity laws.
Confirmed panelists include:
Seating is limited, and EEOC encourages visitors to arrive 30 minutes before the meeting to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. Visitors should bring a government-issued photo identification card to facilitate entry into the building. The Commission agenda is subject to revision. Additional information about the meeting, when available, will be posted at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/meetings/index.cfm.
EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about EEOC is available on its website at www.eeoc.gov.
During Columbus Day weekend, the Goethals Bridge will be closed overnight on Friday, October 7 into the following morning, with travel diverted the remainder of the three-day weekend on connecting roads on Staten Island, N.Y.
The lane closures and diversions, part of the Port Authority’s ongoing Goethals Bridge Replacement Project, will allow the demolition and replacement of the Travis Spur Rail Bridge that carries Conrail trains over Interstate 278 in Staten Island, immediately west of the Goethals Bridge toll plaza. The replacement project will allow expansion of the roadway approaching the Goethals Bridge from four lanes (two eastbound and two westbound) to six lanes, three in each direction.
Travel delays are expected throughout the three-day weekend, especially during peak travel times. The Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will remain fully open through Columbus Day weekend as alternate routes.
Construction work during Columbus Day weekend will require the following lane closures and diversions:
· The Goethals Bridge will be fully closed from 10 p.m. Friday, October 7 through 8 a.m. Saturday, October 8.
· At 8 a.m. Saturday, October 8, the bridge will reopen, with traffic diverted on I-278 and Gulf Road in Staten Island, before reaching or after leaving the bridge. These diversions will be in place until 3 p.m. Monday, October 10 when normal traffic will resume. These changes are expected to result in traffic delays.
To avoid expected delays, drivers are encouraged to avoid the Goethals Bridge throughout the weekend, and consider using the Bayonne Bridge or Outerbridge Crossing as alternatives. Following this work, the Port Authority will implement nightly lane closures on I-278 between the toll plaza and the Goethals Bridge in order to repave and expand the lanes approaching the Goethals Bridge.
To receive real time traffic updates, travelers should register for the Port Authority’s Bridge and Tunnel Alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org.
Contact: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry's not-for-profit research institute, today unveiled its top industry issues report, which includes the list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry.
The looming implementation date of the federal mandate on the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) topped the list of trucking industry concerns, with more than 65 percent of respondents concerned about productivity impacts the industry may experience from full deployment of ELDs.
The complete results of the annual survey, which generated more than 3,200 responses from motor carriers and commercial drivers, were released today at the 2016 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the nation's largest gathering of motor carrier executives. The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also includes prioritized strategies for addressing each issue.
Dropping one position from its top ranking the past three years, Hours-of-Service (HOS) stayed near the top of the list due to ongoing uncertainty of a final HOS rule. Ranking third in this year's survey - Cumulative Economic Impacts of Trucking Regulations - is new to the annual list and reflects the industry's collective frustration with increasing and often costly regulatory requirements.
The lack of available truck parking moved the issue up again this year to fourth place overall and the state of the nation's economy rounds out the top five concerns on the list.
"The results of ATRI's survey reflect what I've heard from carriers and drivers as I've traveled the country this year on behalf of ATA," said ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, senior vice president for state government affairs at UPS Inc. "The ever-increasing regulatory burdens placed on the industry, coupled with the sluggish economy, are creating challenges for trucking as we work hard to keep America moving forward."
"Knowing what the industry is concerned about, and what strategies it views as most promising for addressing each issue, allows ATA and its Federation partners in the states to better focus our collective efforts on behalf of motor carriers and their employees," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "The ATRI survey results provide the roadmap we need to put wins on the board for this industry and the nation's economy as a whole."
ATRI is the trucking industry's 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI at www.atri-online.org.
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New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are advised that Suspension and Restoration Services will be reopening at the Newark Agency on Monday, October 3, 2016.
Newark Suspension and Restoration Service hours are:
In addition to Newark, Suspension and Restoration services are also available at the Paterson, Eatontown, Trenton and West Deptford Agencies.
The MVC reminds customers to always check our website before any visit to a local office and to take advantage of our “Skip the Trip” license renewal process and our on-line services such as vehicle registration renewals, driver abstract requests, and surcharge and restoration payments.
For more information about ongoing positive changes at the MVC, please visit www.njmvc.gov.
Today, American Trucking Associations announced it has honored Greg Brown, chairman of B.R. Williams Trucking Inc., Oxford, Ala., with the Rocque Dameo Award for his service as an ATA State Vice President.
"The Dameo Award recognizes Greg's work as an ATA state vice president – working with his fellow trucking executives to advance the goals of our industry and association," said ATA Senior Vice President for Membership Dave Brodie. "Without leaders like Greg, ATA would be unable to do the important work our members ask us to do, so we thank him and all our state vice presidents."
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ATA started honoring its state vice presidents with the Dameo Award in 2014, which comes with a $5,000 contribution to the winner's state trucking association.
"Greg has been an outstanding voice for trucking and ATA inAlabama," said Brodie, "we are thrilled to present him with this award and to donate $5,000 on his behalf to the Alabama Trucking Association."
Previous winners are: Mike Wilson, Whitewood Transportation;Kevin Lhotak, Reliable Transportation Specialists and G. Clifton Parker, G&P Trucking.
Today, American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist Bob Costello said, the trucking industry has seen soft volumes in 2016 due to bloated inventories and a weak manufacturing environment.
"The current cycle of larger than normal inventories has taken longer than usual to resolve itself," Costello said here during ATA's Management Conference & Exhibition. "Coupled with weakness in the manufacturing sector, we've seen softer than typical volumes in both the truckload and less-than-truckload sectors. However, I am hopeful that we are nearing the bottom of this cycle and will soon expect a modest rebound."
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Costello said that both truckload and less-than-truckload carriers added truck capacity in 2015, which makes the current environment feel even more challenging.
"Also, truckload carriers have added trailer capacity of late, likely in advance of the approaching electronic logging device compliance deadline," he said. "More small and medium fleets will, I believe, try to compensate for the impact of ELDs by doing more drop and hook to reduce wait times."
In addition, Costello emphasized the role that trade plays in trucking – pointing out that since 1995, the value of goods moved by trucks between the U.S., Mexico and Canada has risen 168% to $712 billion.
"It may not always be top of mind, but trade is an important part of the trucking economy," he said. "In the post-North American Free Trade Agreement era, we've seen growth in exports moved by truck outstrip overall growth of domestic freight over the past two decades."
For more on trucking and trade, download this report highlighting the significant role trucking plays in moving goods across borders.
Costello was joined at the MCE General Session, sponsored by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC by Diane Swonk, founder and CEO of DS Economics, who added her own assessment of the economy.
"The economy has been running a relay race, with only one runner - the consumer - carrying the baton for too long," Swonk said. "Next year, there will be more runners in the race to grab the baton, but they won't be breaking any speed records."
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