Archive for the 'Transportation' Category

18
Feb
11

Hours of Service Proposals

Arlington, Members of the trucking industry had their first opportunity to make their case for preserving the current hours-of-service rules as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a listening session in Arlington, VA.

Max 11 hour drive time
The goal of the listening session was to gather a broad range of comments, ideas and relevant data as the agency analyzes responses to its HOS regulatory proposal, the agency said. The agency, on Dec. 23, proposed to add mandatory daily rest periods, tighten its requirements for a 34-hour restart period and said it was leaning toward cutting allowable driving hours from 11 to 10.

The primary areas addressed by industry representatives were related to their concern on how the proposed changes to the 34 hour restart, mandated breaks after 7.5 hours of being on-duty, and the reduction to 10 hours driving time would impact transportation and, ultimately, the consumer.

Industry representatives presented research that substantiated the negative impact they believe the new restrictions will have on overall road safety. This research indicates that crashes are not happening during the restricted hours, but during prime traffic hours. It is their belief that by implementing the new restrictions, it will force more trucks on the road during high traffic hours.

They also pointed to other issues this will create for industry as it relates to driver availability, fuel consumption, limited parking options, and delivery windows.

If you would like to view the archived video of the listening session, it is available on the FMCSA website. All comments on the Proposed HOS Rule must be submitted to FMCSA no later than March 4, 2011.

Down the Road – Mike

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28
Jan
11

DOT May Have it’s Day

Did I hear President Obama right this week?

DOT Road

“Our infrastructure used to be the best, but our lead has slipped,” Obama said, referencing the infrastructure boom in Europe and parts of Asia including China. “Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation’s infrastructure, they gave us a ‘D.’ We have to do better.”

Part of President Obama’s speech was dedicated to infrastructure and he also included a nod to roadway and bridge investments as way to improve the economy.

“We’ll put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We’ll make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians,” he said.

I am sure that Mr Lahood was standing up and gleeming with excitement over that speech.

Down the Road – Mike

13
Jan
11

Texas Trailer Registration Change

Token Trailer Plate

Effective December 10, 2010, Texas is no longer issuing updated license plate stickers with token trailer renewals. The registration renewal (RTS) receipt must be carried in the pulling unit or trailer for presentation to law enforcement as proof of valid registration.

Expired stickers may be removed from the plate. Counties in Texas will continue to issue plates that have a space for the sticker until supply is depleted, even though stickers are no long required to be displayed. The newly designed plates will have no space provided for a sticker.

Trailer Plate

This will make it more important for the drivers to check the documentation on the truck or trailer they are pulling to make sure the registration is current, as they will not be able to tell by simply looking at the trailer license plate.

Down the Road – Mike

06
Jan
11

December to Remember

Did you have a December to remember?

There was a lot of stuff going on in December of 2010. With the blast off of CSA2010 (now just CSA), the Hours of Service rule changes and the Christmas Holidays it may have been difficult to remember what the heck the new year means.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time off the last couple of weeks, but now it’s time to refocus and also catch up on the 2010 left overs.

Today might be a good time to look at your CSA scores on the FMCSA website, Vigillo or other source and pick one item to focus on in January. Write it down, along with a few action steps and you can get the new year off on the right foot.

My focus will be on Cargo Securement and I am going to blast out a reminder to our managers to do a 10 minute review of our last training with our drivers.

Down the Road – Mike

24
Nov
10

CSA Go Live Date Nears

CSA

The slated launch date of December 6th, 2010 for the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) is right around the corner. As that nears the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made some last minute adjustments to the measurement system.

The agency will modify the presentation of SMS BASIC results by:

  • Changing the highlight color from red to orange.
  • Changing the term “Deficient” to “Alert” when a motor carrier’s score in one or more BASICs is above the FMCSA threshold for intervention.
  • Improving the language to clarify that BASIC results signify the carrier is prioritized for an FMCSA intervention.

Feedback during the Data Preview indicated that the display of SMS results needs to clarify that BASIC percentiles above the FMCSA threshold signify the carrier is prioritized for an FMCSA intervention and do not signify or otherwise imply a “safety rating” or safety fitness determination.

The Cargo-Related BASIC will be modified to:

  • Recalibrate the Cargo-Related BASIC by adjusting the cargo securement violation severity weightings based on input from subject matter experts (SMEs).
  • Modify the public display to show the SMS Cargo-Related BASIC violations only. The percentiles and intervention status will not be on public display.

Hopefully the above change will level out the scores for carriers that haul the majority of there loads on floats and lowboys versus carriers that haul mainly closed vans.

To review your CSA scores go here.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (It’s pie time)

Down the Road – Mike

28
Oct
10

Texting Ban Started October 27, 2010

Today texting while driving for CMV operators becomes part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s list of serious violations that count against a driver’s CDL. In addition, texting while driving carries a 10-point severity weight rating and is a driver responsible offense in CSA 2010.

Fines range from $2,750 for drivers to $11,000 for carriers.

Additional regulatory actions are being sought to restrict the use of cell phones while driving commercial motor vehicles.

Down the Road – Mike

07
Jul
10

Is a Warning a Violation?

The fast answer is YES. If your commercial vehicle is inspected by the Department of Transportation and the officer writes you a warning, he maybe saving you some money, but any violations (or warnings) listed on the inspection report will appear on your driving record under the new CSA2010. In this case the warning is just an un-cited violation, yet still a violation.

Do yourself a favor, perform a thorough pre-trip and post-trip inspection, and have any deficiencies repaired before you hit the road. Keep some tools, fuses and spare bulbs in your vehicle at all times so you do not give enforcement agencies an obvious reason to pull you over. Expect to be inspected.

Down the Road – Mike




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