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November 6, 2014

State Legalization of Pot and Drug Testing at Work

With the midterm elections over, we have the addition of three states that have legalized marijuana.  DC, Oregon and Alaska have now joined the ranks of WA and CO to allow their residents to legally smoke and carry marijuana on their person.   CA is slated as the next state to have this question on their ballot.

What does this mean in the workplace?   CO Supreme Court is hearing a case regarding marijuana usage by a worker.   It’s outcome should set the guidelines for how companies may proceed regarding non-DOT drug testing.  CO has strict regulations that prohibit you from penalizing a worker in a random test found to have used marijuana unless they are in a safety sensitive function or the position has a bona fide occupational qualifications.  Pr-employment and reasonable suspicion is still allowed.  However, to fire an employee for marijuana usage, outside of these parameters, the worker basically has to be stoned or using on the job.   If CO has this rule in place, you can be sure that the other 4 states have similar regulations or protections for the workers as well.

DOT required drug and alcohol testing supersede these state regulations.  The concern is for companies who wish to implement an across the board testing program for all drivers or all workers.  In many cases, their hands are tied.  In an age where we are all pushing safety; this is quite the ironic twist.

Do you feel safe working next to a person who may be “stoned”?   Do you want to be on the highway with someone in a vehicle next to you who is impaired?   While that driver may be operating something under 26,000 lbs; it is still a vehicle in motion.   While placing someone in jail for having a joint on their person is not practical; neither is allowing someone under the influence to be operating machinery.

I am anxious to see the outcome of the CO case.  I know this is a hot topic with many different perspectives.   How do you think that the spread of legalization of marijuana will affect workplace safety in the long term?   Your comments are welcomed!

How have you made the roadways safer today?

October 23, 2014

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving goes beyond the vehicle class. It is an issue for all drivers but only CMV drivers, with these exceptions, are singled out and penalized. The train accident should not have happened. Following the driver’s “safety” patterns, or rather lack thereof, it was not the phone that caused the wreck but the driver’s habits. He does not pay merit to a train crossing and fudges on his med exams. It is likely this accident would have still occurred even if he had not been on the phone.

Cell phone usage, eating while driving, smoking with driving, laptop/iPad usage while driving and the 100 other things that can be on this list are all distractions.  How often do you see someone multitasking while behind the wheel?  They are applying makeup, shaving, having sex/performing sexual acts, changing clothes, reading a book and a myriad of other unthinkables while driving.  This is a culture and attitude change that needs to occur by all drivers to make our roadways safer.

CMV drivers, due to the larger vehicle and weight size, come into focus more quickly.   With D.O.T. regulations, we already have a means of governance over them so they are easier targets to point the finger upon.   CMV drivers do not need more regulations.  We need a nationwide attitude and accountability change for all drivers.   For all persons!

We have become litigious society that blames the other guy.   There is no personal responsibility taught any more.  It is always someone else’s fault.  People need to take responsibility for their own actions once again.  Drivers need to have real training behind the wheel and in the classroom before obtaining a license.  This is not just CMV drivers but everyone that possess the privilege to drive.  Non-CMV drivers need to be schooled and educated on how to conduct themselves around a CMV.   CMV drivers need to take pride in their profession and return to the Kings (and Queens) of the road that they once were.  We all need to stop trying to doing 100 things at once and concentrate one doing one thing to the best of our ability at a time.  This is how to make our roadways safer.  This how to end so called ADD and other distraction aliments.   We must again learn to concentrate instead of having the mindset and brain power of a gold fish.

Trucking companies are going to communicate with their drivers.  If it is not via cell phone, then it will be via onboard devices (texting alert) or radio.  Business people on the road are going to do the same.  Our society have moved into this “must be connected at all times” state.  The only way this will stop is if the phone manufactures place a block in the phones that render them unusable if in a moving vehicle.   Doubtful they will as this shall cost them money.

Drivers who are concerned for safety can download apps like ‘I’m Driving’.  This app informs your caller, automatically, that you cannot be reached at present due to being behind the wheel.   Some of my drivers use to use this app or a similar one.  While aggravating to the party trying to reach them; it is a welcome call to safety.  The driver who chooses this route, is a driver focused on safety.   To use this app effectively, it is a matter of learning to check the phone regularly when you stop for messages and missed calls.  Instead of killing hours behind the wheel “yacking”; you make safe, direct calls during a stop.  It is all about changing the mindset from frivolous to safety.

We do not need more regulations to achieve this goal.  We need education.  We need people who want to be safe.   Ask yourself, “What are you doing today to improve roadway safety?”  You don’t have to be a CMV driver to make a difference.

Source Story:  http://cdllife.com/2014/top-trucking-news/ntsb-recommends-fmcsa-place-stricter-restrictions-hand-held-devices

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October 22, 2014

Improving Your CSA Maintenance BASIC

Most maintenance violations are a direct result of poor PTI and/or lack of en-route checks.   I would caution the rewrite of a DVIR unless it is to add items.   Removal of certain items would actually invalidate the form as a “true” DVIR.  Remember, § 396.11: Driver vehicle inspection report(s) outlines what must be checked.   Adding items is fine but be sure to not remove any of the required items.

When I was GM for a Baltimore trucking company, we use to hide items on the truck and reward the drivers when these tokens were found in an appropriate time.   Drivers who failed to find their hidden tokens were reprimanded.  As usual, positive reinforcement worked better than negative.

The main issue I find as a Safety Consultant is that companies just do not take any of this seriously.   They are operational driven and safety takes a back seat.  Small companies are clueless as to the regulations and feel they do not pertain to them.  Still many companies that I visit have no idea that the CSA site exists or what the numbers mean.

There is much more education to be had in the industry as a whole.  Auto fail is not the answer but if we were move to a system where you had be certified to obtain your DOT number; I believe we would see change.   The “I didn’t know” would be gone.   You have to pass a test to be an electrician, plumber and so forth.  Why not do so to be the holder of a DOT number?  It is a privileged to have one and not a right.   It is about safety; then let’s make it so.

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SOURCE:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141016125544-1358303-how-to-reduce-csa-maintenance-violations-by-75-percent-with-better-inspections

October 13, 2014

Fitness Determination for US Trucking Fleets

What saddens me is what I experience when working with my smaller clients. They have some clients with small and even tiny fleets (usually under 50 trucks and some very tiny – <10 trucks). Many are localized and/or generally operate a vehicle that is not subject to roadside inspections. These fleets have little to no interaction with DOT inspectors. As such, they rarely have enough inspections to rank in any category. Yet we see these New Entry companies being shut down before they even get off the ground. Why? Because they had 2 inspections and one was “bad” thus placing them in a percentile above the 35% limit for OOS. This triggers an audit and/or it is New Entry review time and they fail due to their scores or rather lack of scores and evidence that are compliant.

I recall when the New Entry audit was a training process instead of a punitive process. Now with auto fail; the doors are closed for 60 days. A small company like this has no course of recoupment. In 60 days, their accounts will be gone to their competitors. Yes, they need to know how to comply with DOT regulations. Totally in agreement here. Either make these companies pass a test, like our Canadian neighbors do, prior to obtaining their DOT number or return to the training process. Up the audit to 6 months instead of 18 months but don’t close their doors unless they are egregious violators. We need to give small business a chance. I realize we also need to protect highway safety but we need to score a balance. We cannot allow one bad inspection from an untrained, non typical CMV driver to cost a business owner their livelihood.

I have worked with 3 clients in the past 2 months that fall into this category. Ironically, 2 of them, in opposite parts of the country, are being shut down for the same violation. They failed to connect a breakaway cable or it had come loose during transit. These are pickup truck operators, not CMV drivers for the norm. They come under scrutiny when they attach to a trailer, on rare occasions. As such a DOT number is required. Often, transport driving is the last of their qualifications. These are generally service professionals (e.g. technicians) that drive this vehicle as a means of transport to their job site. These are not commercial drivers per se. They are everyday folks that happen to be in a vehicle that occasionally become classified as a CMV due to it being used while they are generating revenue performing their skilled tasks (i.e. other than truck driving).

We all know that DOT regulations are geared towards the OTR company and the CDL driving professional. All other drivers try to fit into these rules and often with much difficulty. Yes, there are exemptions but they do not always fit either. It is this one size fits all mentality that causes non traditional use of CMVs such issues. It may also be these uses that skew the numbers. Perhaps they need a category all their own with rule sets that better apply to their application. This would allow peer group comparison against true peers and not just via size of fleet. I realize that mileage weighs into the algorithm but these non-traditional fleet (i.e. non trucking companies) need their own group(s). It would benefit fleets running locally or regionally to be thus categorized as well. Bottom-line, we need to move from this one size fits all mentality into real world scenarios. This is especially true when a person’s entire business is at risk.

I look forward to seeing the outcome of this new rating proposal. Perhaps it will address some of these issues. Perhaps it will not. We need more “real people” involved in these processes and not just bureaucrats or those industry representatives that have risen so far from their humble beginnings as to forget what it takes to be a small business start up. As your own stats read the other week; most companies with DOT numbers are not the trucking giants but the small business person. Is it not time we have rules and regulations that can relate to both distinct groups?

Reference: http://www.ccjdigital.com/notice-of-new-fitness-determination-rule-in-front-office-fmcsa-safety-chief-says/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=10-13-2014&utm_campaign=CCJ&ust_id=bcb56a0182

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July 15, 2009

It’s the time for Tax 2290 (Highway Heavy Vehicle Use Tax)

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Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax season is just around the corner. For most tax 2290 filers, the due date for tax period July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010, is August 31, 2009. IRS has mandated e-filing for taxpayers with 25 or more taxable highway vehicles with registered gross weight of 55,000 lbs or more, but always encouraged everyone to file their forms electronically.

Also for vehicles placed in service after July 31, 2009, Tax 2290 and schedule 1 must be filed, and the tax paid, by the last day of the month after the month the vehicle is first used in the tax period. For example, if a taxpayer begins using a taxable highway vehicle in September 2009, the due date for filing Tax 2290 and paying the tax is October 31, 2009.

“Taxpayers should take advantage of the benefits of filing Tax 2290 electronically,” IRS Excise Tax Program Director Ricky Stiff said. “This really isn’t new. Most taxpayers file and pay their personal federal income taxes using a computer and this is no different. The best part of tax 2290 e-file is that taxpayers will receive their Schedule 1 almost immediately.

“There is no more waiting for Schedule 1 to come in the mail and truckers can then register their vehicles right away.” Most states require a stamped Schedule 1 before a trucker can register their vehicle and obtain proper license tags.

E-filing Tax2290 will also reduce errors that can occur with paper filing which means less correspondence with the IRS.

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In addition to Tax 2290, excise Tax 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, and Tax 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes (Schedules 3 and 6), may also be filed electronically.

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March 11, 2009

Should I be a Trucker?

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I have had many folks IM, email or phone me asking about a career in trucking. Is it a good time to become a driver? I was laid off and hear driving pays well. Should I do it? These and other similar questions often come my way.

Honestly, right now I would have to say no. First, the pay is generally no where as good as one thinks it is. Second, the hours are long. You are gone from your family and friends for weeks on end. This means missing the ballgame, birthdays, holidays and other events….as well as dinner with the family or tucking the little ones into bed. You “work” about 100 irregular hours a week and log about 60. Be real, anyone making out there knows you do. Work can range from driving, loading or waiting on dispatch for a load just to name a few. Third, the economy is just supporting the need for drivers at this time. Companies have hiring freezes on and go talk to a driver. Stop by a truck stop and have a chat. Buy him/her a cup of coffee and talk to them. Miles are down for most drivers. O/Os are hanging on by threads unless they are a rare, well established “lucky” one.

Need more proof – read on……….

Trucking Jobs Fell 2.5% In Feb.
Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:51 pm (PDT)
Trucking jobs fell 2.5% in February

By Avery Vise

Continuing a string of unprecedented percentage decreases, the trucking
industry lost 33,400 employees on a seasonal basis in February — a 2.5 percent
drop from January, according to preliminary figures released March 6 by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The 33,400 trucking jobs lost in February represent 5.1 percent of the net
651,000 nonfarm payroll jobs lost. And the rate of decline in trucking
employment in February far exceeds that of the 0.5 percent employment decline in the
overall economy.

Trucking employment was down 1.8 percent in January, 1.3 percent in December
and just less than 1 percent in November. Each decline was the highest
recorded monthly percentage drop at the time except for April 1994 during a
Teamsters strike. Since October, trucking employment is down 6.4 percent.

Trucking employment is down 11.8 percent from its peak of 1.45 million in
January 2007, according to BLS figures.

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March 6, 2009

USDOT issues warning about another round of fraudulent letters

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USDOT issues warning about another round of fraudulent letters

Thu Mar 5, 2009 10:59 am (PST)

There has been another round of fraudulent letters issued to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) contractors and potential contractors purporting to be issued by DOT. These fraudulent letters request that current or potential contractors register by submitting their company’s financial information on a release form entitled, “Authorization to release financial information”. They are dated January 27, 2009, and signed by “John Steinberg.”

Please be aware that DOT does not require any financial information to be submitted in order to be eligible for procurement.

In addition to this most recent example, the following is a list of fraudulent letters to date which have been faxed out to current or potential contractors:

December 29, 2005, signed by “Frank M. Orell”
February 8, 2006, signed by “Randy Cohen”
April 27, 2006, signed by “Dan Jacobs”
July 28, 2006, signed by “Dan Jacobs”
November 8, 2006, signed by “Lisa Johnson”
February 26, 2007, signed by “Lisa Johnson”
March 26, 2007, signed by “Jason Scarlett”
May 10, 2007, signed by “Jason Scarlett”
July 11, 12, and 20, 2007, signed by “George Mason”
August 27 and 28, 2007, signed by “Julie P. Wenzel”
September 10, 2007, signed by “Julie P. Wenzel”
October 12, 2007, signed by “Julie P. Wenzel”
October 21, 2007, signed by “Julie P. Wenzel”
January 28, 2008, signed by “Julie P. Weynel”
February 7, March 3, March 31, 2008, signed by “Bradley K. Wash”
April 1, 2008, signed by “Bradley K. Wash”
April 28, 2008, signed by “Bradley K. Wash”
June 3, 2008, signed by “Robert Dal”
June 4, 2008, signed by “James Buchanan”
September 5, 2008, signed by “David Jacobson”
October 20, 2008, signed by “Jennifer Donaldson”
December 8, 2008, signed by “Jennifer Stewart”
December 19, 2008, signed by “Jeffrey Steinberg”
All letters were signed as the Senior Procurement Officer.

The USDOT has issued the following warning: “Please DO NOT complete the release form which is attached to the letter and DO NOT release any information to the facsimile number cited in the letter.”

To view an example of the latest letters being sent out to contracting personnel, visit: www.dot.gov/ost/m60/jsteinberg_012709.pdf. The point of contact concerning these fraudulent letters is the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General Hotline at
(800) 424-9071.

 

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February 27, 2009

The DOT Doctor is back up and running………….. catch up with us



Friday, 27 February 2009



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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Cross-border trucking program funding in jeopardy

    Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 – With a new administration and a new Congress in place, a recent vote by the House of Representatives may mean the end for the embattled cross-border trucking program with Mexico isn’t too far off.
    more >>

     


  • Commission recommends tolls and taxes, but no reform

    As if truckers and highway users aren’t paying enough in taxes, fees and tolls to run on America’s highways, a federal commission is recommending that Congress adopt a sweeping array of new and higher user fees. Critics, including OOIDA, say the report does not address the way transportation money is spent nor does it call for reform. more >>

     


  • Illinois truckers credited for stopping bill to double base plate fee

    An Illinois state lawmaker gives credit to truckers for helping sideline a bill that would have doubled the fees for base plates in the state. more >>

     


  • Colorado House OKs road funding bill; tolls, truck fee increases included

    The Colorado House has narrowly approved a bill that includes the option of charging tolls to access existing free routes. By a margin of 34-31, House lawmakers voted to advance the bill, which is intended to raise at least $250 million a year to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. more >>

     


  • Ormond Beach Love’s: 30-minute parking limit during Bike Week

    The Love’s in Ormond Beach, FL, will limit truck parking to 30 minutes starting Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 8, during Bike Week. more >>

     


  • Hackers plead guilty to broker fraud through FMCSA site

    Two Russian immigrants from Southern California have pleaded guilty to defrauding motor carriers out of at least $2.4 million through a double-brokering load scheme using the FMCSA’s SAFER Web site. more >>

     


  • From the Land Line blog: TWIC gives muleskinners the blues

    It seems that anyone who even occasionally visits a major port these days is required to possess a TWIC card. What about colonial-era clothing clad seasonal canal-boat workers, you say? Land Line’s Charlie Morasch dives into the latest mainstream news story about the Transportation Worker Identification Credential. more >>

     


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    Thursday, 26 February 2009



    Howdy All!


    Our new computer system is installed.  We have our new computers up and working finally.  This will hopefully end the hiatus of silence.  It is our intention to return to normal postings to The DOT Doctor Speaks (http://thedotdoctor.com/the_dot_doctor_speaks), resume our live podcasts (available on Blog Talk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-DOT-Doctor) and newsletters.  Be a part of our shows.  Suggest topics, call in, join our chat room…..just get involved!


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    Thursday, 26 February 2009



    The DOT Doctor is now offering more than just transportation related solutions.  We have expanded to  include IT Service Offerings. 


    Our new IT DIVISION will offer:




    • Web Design


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    • Help Desk Support


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    Check out our new IT Page today.


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    Sunday, 22 February 2009



    Have you seen this article from the Curiosity Shop?


     


    Lung Cancer, whats that got to do with Delivery Drivers?



    Quite a lot actually. Especially if you don’t want one of these ugly tumours on your lungs. If you are a courier, trucker or delivery driver, read through the information below, and tell me what you think.






    Lung cancer
    Image via Wikipedia

    An up to date article in News Inferno was very interesting reading and informative…



    Recent research suggests  that lung cancer risks are higher among trucking industry workers because of diesel fume exposure.  According to a new study published in the January issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, workers in the trucking industry with an estimated 20 years on the job have an elevated risk of lung cancer with each increasing year of work due to their diesel fume exposure.


    A lot of drivers are career drivers. They start in their 20s and still drive until they are retired, some often continuing part time during retirement. For many, driving for a living is something they really enjoy.


    The article goes on to say –



    Scientists have long known that diesel fumes might play a role in the development of lung cancer.  According to a report on SFgate.com, diesel fumes consist of a toxic stew of about 400 chemicals, including benzene, formaldehyde, arsenic, cyanide and lead.  Breathing large amounts of diesel fumes could cause respiratory diseases, and people with asthma, heart disease and emphysema can worsen if exposed to the exhaust. Long-term exposure leads to chronic obstructive lung disease as well as lung cancer.


    So, it’s the long term exposure that does the damage. The longer you drive, the more chance you have of getting it. A case control study was done back in 1990 and the report says at the end..



    Overall, our results suggest that diesel truck drivers have an excess risk of lung cancer compared to other teamsters in jobs outside the trucking industry. However, our findings were not uniformly consistent and our data have many limitations, the most important of which is the lack of data on exposure to diesel fumes.


    Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov


    In the US, the EPA have been making big inroads into reducing the danger. A tough task considering most areas of the US and the Uk are urbanised so diesel fumes are in every breath we take. As much as 25% of the breath we take in highly urbanised areas, more if there is a port nearby and the diesel fumes from the ships engines are in the air.



    Early in 2001, the EPA issued landmark standards to clean up dirty diesel trucks and buses, comparable to the advent of the catalytic converter on cars several decades ago. When the standards take full effect in 2007, they are expected to reduce emissions from trucks and buses by more than 90 percent, the equivalent of taking 13 million of the nation’s 14 million trucks and buses off the roads.


    Source: ENS


    The article from the ENS website goes on to outline the effort from the Bush administration. It  also clearly higlights the failings in the US – emissions trading programs. So rather than clean up their act the worst polluters get to trade credits with cleaner, greener companies. I cannot see how this would work myself, and seems like a fraudulent way of dealing with the issue.



    In addition to concluding that diesel fumes likely cause lung cancer, the EPA found that diesel exhaust triggers asthma and other respiratory effects, calling the fumes “a chronic respiratory hazard to humans.” Based on animal testing and studies of people in jobs with high exposures, the fumes were shown to be carcinogenic, or cancer causing.


    The agency did not attempt to quantify the cancer risk from exposure to diesel emissions, though the report notes that the risk is likely to be higher for people who regularly work with or around diesel engines. But even everyday exposure to background levels of diesel fumes probably puts people at risk, the EPA said.


    What can an employer do to limit diesel fumes for their drivers? Is there an efficient way of filtering the exhaust fumes so that the carcinogens are contained?


    My thoughts on this are two fold, is this coming to light now to try and encourage people to buy environmentally vehicles? Is it diesel that is doing the evil deed? Why isn’t it coal fires, petrol or another type of fuel? Or is it the sad fact that all of these contribute to it, and its our delivery drivers that are taking home the tumours.


    For excellent information and research on cancer, more information can be found on the pharma strategy blog written by Sally Church.


    Sarah


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    Sunday, 22 February 2009



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    December 17, 2008

    FMCSA Toughens Safety Requirements for New Commerical Truck and Bus Companies

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    Yesterday the FMCSA announced tougher requirements for New DOT number recipients. The idea is to help increase road safety and awareness. What many new DOT number recipients do not understand is that this FULL set of rules applies to trucking companies of all sizes. The government makes no distinction between a one truck fleet and a million truck fleet. Make sure you know the rules and are complaint. The DOT Doctor can help! With our New Business Set up Package we apply for and obtain your DOT number for you. Then for the first year we take care of all your compliance needs. This includes your Form 2290s, IFTA quarterly filings, UCR filing, logbook auditing, writing a DOT Compliant safety plan and much, much more. Check it out today – http://thedotdoctor.com/new_business_set_up Sign up before the end of the year to receive a 10% discount on your order.

    FMCSA 10-08
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    Contact: Kristin Schrader
    Tel.: (202) 366-9999 or (202) 366-2309

    FMCSA Toughens Safety Requirements for New Commercial Truck and Bus Companies

    WASHINGTON—The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a new rule to place stricter safety requirements on all newly registered trucking and bus companies. This final rule raises the compliance standards for passing new entrant safety audits, while ensuring that safety deficiencies are corrected before a new motor carrier is granted permanent registration with the agency.

    “These more stringent safety requirements are meant to help new carriers succeed at establishing and maintaining a comprehensive safety management program,” said FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill. “Imposing these tougher standards will ensure that new entrants are fully aware and compliant with federal safety regulations aiding in the continued reduction of highway crashes and fatalities on our nation’s highways.”

    The final rule issued by the FMCSA establishes that a newly registered trucking or bus company will automatically fail its safety audit if it violates any one of 16 essential federal regulations during the 18-month safety monitoring period. These essential regulations cover controlled substances and alcohol testing, hours-of-service, driver qualifications, vehicle condition, and carrier financial responsibility.
    If a company fails its new entrant safety audit, it may result in revocation of a carrier’s registration with the agency, unless the carrier takes necessary corrective action within a specified time period established by FMCSA.

    The rule would also require that if during the 18-month safety monitoring period, certain violations are discovered during roadside inspections, the new entrant may be subjected to a new entrant expedited safety audit or in the case of serious safety violations, a more comprehensive compliance review, which can result in fines and penalties. The carrier may also be required to submit a written corrective action plan explaining in detail how the carrier will achieve compliance with the safety rules and improve its safety performance.
    The final rule on the New Entrant Safety Assurance Process is available for review on the FMCSA Web site in Rules and Regulations.

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