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  • 01 Mar 2015 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015. The contest is being held to educate kids about highway safety and urges commercial drivers to buckle up on every trip.

    The contest was organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle safety Belt Partnership and is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries.

    Artwork is evaluated in two categories by age groups: kindergarten through second grade and third through sixth grade. Twelve winners will be selected and their artwork will appear in the 2016 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” contest calendar.

    In addition to having their artwork included in the calendar, all 12 students will also be honored at a ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in the spring.

    To find out more about the “Be Ready. Be Buckled” contest, click here.  

  • 28 Feb 2015 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Five Republicans in the U.S. House have introduced a bill that would require shippers, brokers, freight forwarders and others to vet carriers prior to hiring them. The bill also aims to remove the public assumption that carrier rankings in the DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program should be used as a tool to hire carriers.

    The bill would require those hiring carriers to: (1) check their registration status with the DOT, (2) ensure they hold the proper amount of liability insurance and (3) ensure they have not been given “unsatisfactory” safety ratings.

    similar bill was introduced last year, but did not make it out of committee.

    H.R. 1220 was introduced Feb. 26 by Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), and they’ve billed it as one that would “enhance interstate commerce by creating a national hiring standard for motor carriers.”

    Part of the enhancements to safety, the lawmakers say, will be removing the “confusing and conflicting vagaries” of CSA’s BASIC rankings — a move pushed in this bill by the broker trade group Transportation Intermediaries Association.

    “TIA will continue to advocate that the CSA initiative is a valuable internal tool for the Agency, but until the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking is complete, the BASIC data should not be used as a tool for carrier selection,” according to the lawmakers’ announcement of the bill.

    Major trucking groups like the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have made a call in recent months to take it a step further than TIA’s bill. They have asked FMCSA and lawmakers to remove the CSA rankings from public view so they could not be used as against carriers, either hiring or otherwise.

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance — the group representing the enforcement community — has also asked FMCSA to remove the scores from public view until the agency can shore up concerns from industry stakeholders regarding its data quality and its methodology.

    Article From: http://www.ccjdigital.com/house-introduces-bill-to-remove-csa-scores-from-public-view-require-shippers-to-vet-carriers/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=03-02-2015&utm_campaign=CCJ&ust_id=cfd8eb5830&

  • 27 Feb 2015 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ARLINGTON, Va., Friday, Feb. 27 – A federally appointed committee tasked with negotiating a future driver-training rule for entry-level truck and bus drivers has wrapped up its first two-day meeting. Land Line Magazine Managing Editor Jami Jones says the committee has its ground rules in place to move forward and has formed subcommittees tasked with finding a consensus on a training curriculum, accreditation and cost-benefit analysis.

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 26 member Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee consists of representatives from Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, American Trucking Associations, trucking schools, bus and motor coach groups, unions, law enforcement, FMCSA and more.

    Congress required FMCSA to form the committee to negotiate a rulemaking.

    “On the first day of meeting, they wrapped up some key issues that the committee is going to have to overcome or just resolve during this process, from what skills test is going to be required at the end of driver training to what would be the process for determining the adequacy of training,” Jones told “Land Line Now.”

    “They moved forward in developing committees to address all of those different key items that they identified either as problematic or issues that need to be addressed,” she said. Some of the subcommittees will tackle cost-benefit analysis of a driver-training rule, certification/accreditation for training facilities, and an entry-level driver training curriculum.

    Jones says it’s interesting that FMCSA is focusing so intently on cost-benefit for a training rule.

    “The agency seems more bent on justifying this one through a cost-benefit than they have on other rulemakings like insurance minimums where they just grabbed at whatever research was out there and said, yep, we’re good to go,” she said.

    “It’s interesting to see them be so methodical on this rulemaking that’s so commonsense that nobody in the room can argue against it.”

    Data, she said, has never been collected that follows a driver candidate through a training school and tracks the candidate’s performance on the road. Subcommittee work could help determine a way forward on that issue.

    “They are tasked with coming to a consensus of the framework of what a curriculum should be, how it should be measured, how it should be tracked – all of those things,” Jones said.

    “The ground rules allow for three dissenting votes, so essentially they can go forward with 23 out of 26 agreeing,” she said. “And the agency can go forward with a notice of proposed rulemaking based on what this committee develops.”

    “It’s an interesting dynamic to see people from differing point of views, knowing that we’re going to have some Survivor Island-kind of moves where there will be deals made and positions dropped in hopes that they get support on another one. It will be an interesting process to see what they come up with in the end.”

    The committee is scheduled to meet five more times: March 19-20, April 9-10, April 23-24, May 14-15 and May 28-29. Committee members were asked to complete their work by May 29 and have a written statement ready for the agency by mid-June.

    “Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this story.

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    - See more at: http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=28572#.VPSitPnF9PJ

  • 21 Nov 2014 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Arlington, Va.  – The American Trucking Associations is asking the estimated 46.3 million motorists that are expected to take to the highways this Thanksgiving to drive safely and follow several simple tips in order to keep this a safe and joyous holiday season.

    “The only turkeys we want to see are on the table, not on the highway,” said Share the Road Professional Driver, Byron Bramwell with YRC Freight. “The roads will be especially busy with people visiting family for Thanksgiving or starting their holiday shopping. Leave yourself a little extra time and space, slow down and be attentive while you’re driving.”

    Among the tips Bramwell and his fellow Share the Road professionals offer to motorists are:

    •  Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.
    • Slow Down: With the extra highway congestion due to Holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.
    • Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance before you leave your home can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
    • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.
    • Do not cut in front of large trucks: Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
    • 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. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
    • Plan ahead: Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
    • Check your emergency kit: Contents should include: battery powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.
    • Be aware of changes in weather: Weather conditions across the U.S. will be changing - especially during early mornings and evenings with the cold. Watch for ice, snow and other weather related obstacles.
    • Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won't be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.
    • Avoid extreme weather conditions: Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight.
    • Remove ice and snow from your vehicle: Clear your windows and roof of snow to insure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don't allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.
    "It seems so simple, but buckling up, planning ahead and leaving yourself a little extra time can make all the difference,” said Share the Road Professional Driver Thomas Miller with Prime Inc. “Winter weather can also make travel treacherous, so if it looks like the roads will get bad, stay home and wait to travel.

    “This is a season where many professional drivers, including the ones that delivered an estimated 46 million turkeys for Thanksgiving, are away from home, so in addition to sharing the road safely, make sure you give them a little extra thought and thanks as you travel this year,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said.

    The Share the Road Professional Drivers would like to remind the motoring public that from driveway to highway, safety requires patience and dedication.

    *Editors: Share the Road Professional Drivers in your area are available to speak about Thanksgiving and Winter safe driving tips during the holiday weekend.

    Share the Road is a highway safety outreach program of the American Trucking Associations that educates all drivers about sharing the roads safely with large trucks. An elite team of professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles deliver life-saving messages to millions of motorists annually. The safety program is sponsored by Mack Trucks Inc. and Michelin North America Inc. www.atastr.org. Follow the Share the Road on Twitter and Facebook.

  • 21 Nov 2014 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The MVC must receive CDL driver's Self-Certification and medical certificate, or variance to update the federal commercial driver license system. Failure to do so may affect your ability to renew your CDL, or your CDL may be disqualified, resulting in the removal of your privilege to operate a CMV. Incomplete forms or an expired Medical Certificate will not be accepted for compliance. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2015. For more information go to MVChttp://www.nj.gov/mvc/Commercial/cdlmed.htm

  • 30 Oct 2014 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great video showing how trucks move the nation's goods. This example is with strawberries 

  • 30 Oct 2014 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     www.TruckloadOfRespect.com re-launched with three key features: 

    ·         Select a Route allows you to pick up the lane(s) best for your organization. 

    ·         Donate a Wreath allows you to support the 150th Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetary by placing a wreath at every gravestone.

    ·         Sponsor a Load matches your funds to an owner operator needing assistance to haul a load. 

    You determine your level of giving. 

    Trucking plays an essential role in WAA’s annual wreath-laying event. Every year, professional truck drivers donate their time and motor carriers donate their trucks and fuel to deliver the wreaths. In 2013 alone, more than 500,000 wreaths were delivered to almost 900 veterans cemeteries across the United States. Since 2012, TCA has coordinated this nationwide effort, as well as raised money for the placement of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

    The goal is to place a wreath on every gravestone at Arlington National Cemetary in honor of its 150th Anniversary. 

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