Spring Golf Tournament
ATA's Spring Golf Tounament will be held on May 8, 2014, at Stonecreek Golf Club. Please be sure to register today. All proceeds go to support the ATA Legislative Political Action Committee. Click here for more information.
DOT Proposes Use of Electronic Logbooks to Improve Efficiency, Safety in Commercial Bus & Truck Industries
Updated rule would slash highest federal paperwork burden after taxes and prevent fatigued drivers.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposal to require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to improve compliance with the safety rules that govern the number of hours a driver can work. The proposed rulemaking would significantly reduce the paperwork burden associated with hours-of-service recordkeeping for interstate truck and bus drivers – the largest in the federal government following tax-related filings – and improve the quality of logbook data. Read the entire release here.
FMCSA Announces One-Year Extension of Paper Medical Certificate Requirement for Commercial Bus and Truck Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors. In Dec. 2008, FMCSA issued a Final Rule modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying recordkeeping obligations for drivers, carriers and state governments by requiring that a driver’s medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs. States received support from FMCSA to implement the necessary IT system upgrades and merge the records into one, online database – the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS). FMCSA announced the one-year extension today to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new system. For a copy of the Federal Register announcement, click here.
FMCSA to Enforce MCS-150 Requirement
Motor carriers and other entities that are required to have a U.S. DOT number are also required to file a Form MCS-150 with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at least every two years to update their identifying, contact, and operational information. This has been the law for a long time, but FMCSA has never strictly enforced it. However, the agency now plans to do so, under a regulation that was part of its recently issued Unified Registration System rule. (See the SLN of 8/30/2013. And once again, the URS has nothing to do with the UCRA!) FMCSA has now indicated how they’ll go about this enforcement. Starting next month, the agency will send a letter to carriers that are due to update their information in January 2014 reminding them to do so. In February, the FMCSA will check its system to see if those carriers complied. If a carrier did not, its DOT number will be deactivated on April 1. FMCSA will adhere to a similar schedule in each succeeding month for carriers whose two-year window expires in the months following January. Although information from the MCS-150s filed by carriers and other entities is critical for FMCSA’s master database, the Motor Carrier Management Information System, MCMIS, much of the enforcement of the filing requirement has in effect been left up to the states that participate in the federal PRISM program. Under PRISM, a state participating in the program may not renew the International Registration Plan registration of a carrier unless it has updated its MCS-150 information within the preceding twelve months. And most states participate in PRISM.
HOS Visor Cards for Truck Drivers
The FMCSA has provided a “cheat sheet” for the HOS changes for drivers to put in their visors. ATA has made it so you can download this quick and easy HOS reference guide by clicking here. Additionally, ATA has printed HOS cards at our office. Please feel free to stop by and pick up a few for your drivers.Note to view all the HOS regulations you can do so on the FMCSA website here.
Nominations Open - Young Professionals Council
Nominations are now open for the inaugural class of the Arizona Trucking Association's Young Professional Council. Click here to learn more and to nominate a promising young professional today.
Celebrate My Drive®
Do you or your co-workers have teen age drivers? ATA has partnered up with State Farm to help promote a great program called Celebrate My Drive®. Celebrate My Drive was created by State Farm® in 2012 to share the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment from the start. Since last year, thousands of students, family, friends and high school staff members have joined the party.With good reason – auto crashes are the number one cause of death among teens in North America. But Celebrate My Drive isn’t about scare tactics or negativity. It’s about emphasizing the positives of safe driving. If we can reinforce habits like remembering to think “2N2™” whenever teens drive – keeping 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel – we’ll save lives together. For more information on how your Teen and his/her school can become involved go to http://www.celebratemydrive.com/About.aspx. Also watch for events ATA will be participating in to help promote this event.
ATA Endorsed Programs
May 7: DOT Compliance Seminar
May 8: 2014 Annual Spring PAC Golf Tournament - Stonecreek Golf Club 8:00 AM Shotgun
2014 ATA Conference - Mark your calendars: Next year, we be at the JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson Oct. 23-25, 2014.
Events posted here are described in detail deeper on the website. Click on the event for details.
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Need Assistance with Safety or Compliance Questions?
ATA's Safety Consultant is just a phone call or email away (members only, please). Contact Bernie Gazdzik at 602.370.4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATA Offers Vehicle Registration and Compliance Services
ATA's Vehicle Registration Department is your one-stop shop to title and license everything from trucks to ATVs. Call 602.850.6007 for title and registration service. ATA members - be sure to ask for your discount on service fees!