Posted June 27, 2016 by Administrator
The OMB has announced the status of three different rules that affect Commercial fleets. The Clearinghouse rule will be published as planned, but the Speed Limiter rule had been delayed again.
This rule makes changes to how commercial carriers report the results of drug tests to the FMCSA. Carriers have to report who they use to administer their drug tests and give permission to these administrators to submit information on all drivers to the FMCSA. In addition, if any drivers fail a drug test or refuse to submit to a drug test, the fleet owner must report this information to the FMCSA
Controversial Speed Limiter Rule
The controversial Speed Limiter rule has been pushed back again. The rule that would restrict how fast trucks can travel was supposed to be published at the end of Spring. Now the scheduled date is the end of summer if it doesn’t get pushed back again.
Fuel Efficiencies Rule
Another important rule that affects motor carriers is the joint EPA and NHTSA rule to improve truck fuel efficiency emissions. The rule scheduled to be published in September will require 2018 model trailers and 2021 model tractors to comply with these standards. The entire vehicle will need to be in compliance by 2027.
For more important news regarding the trucking industry, contact the experts at Cline Wood.
Posted June 6, 2016 by Administrator
Over 10,000 inspectors in US, Canada and Mexico will be conducting inspections of commercial vehicles and their drivers during a three-day international road check. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance created these annual road checks across North America in order to help emphasize the importance of inspections in the effort to reduce crashes.
The 2016 Roadcheck event highlights safety. Local, territorial, provincial, state and federal law enforcement officers will conduct a 37-step Standard Level 1 inspection of commercial vehicles and drivers. The vehicle inspection will include:
- Brake systems
- Exhaust systems
- Fuel systems
- Coupling devices
- Drive lines
- Safe loading
- Windshield wipers
- Wheels and rims
The 2015 Roadcheck feature red cargo secured and resulted in 21% of the inspected vehicles and 3% of drivers receiving out-of-service violations. They also issued 2,500 load securement violations. This was the fewest number of out-of-service violations recorded by CVSA since they started the program back in 1991.
The three most common out-of-service violations from last year’s Roadcheck were for brake systems, safe loading and brake adjustment. Out-of-service violations for drivers in 2015 were shipping papers, placards and hazardous materials.
To learn more about safety and how it affects your commercial fleet insurance, contact the experts at Cline Wood.
Posted May 9, 2016 by Administrator
At the end of April, Nebraska State Troopers and Lincoln police conducted a surprise CMV inspection. The inspection resulted in a large number of vehicles to be classified as out of service and generated thousands of dollars in fines. Out of the 104 vehicles that were inspected, here are the results:
- 384 violations were discovered during the inspection
- $7,315 in fines were generated during the inspection
- 43% of vehicles were classified as out of service
- 48% of vehicles were classified out of service due to number of violations
- 4 of the drivers didn’t have a valid CDL so their vehicles were classified as out of service
Nebraska officials say they will continue to hold these surprise inspections. Their goal is to find and inspect commercial vehicles that don’t pass through weigh stations so they can be inspected for potential violations.
Maintaining safe vehicles and ensuring your drivers have valid licenses prevents more than just violations and fines. A safe fleet is an important part of your company’s sustainability and reputation. Keeping up with routine maintenance also helps to decrease your insurance rates. To learn more ways to lower costs and have the right insurance for your commercial fleet, contact the experts at Cline Wood.
Posted April 18, 2016 by Administrator
Over the last year, several changes regarding FMCSA medical examination regulations have taken effect. As of April 20th, all medical examiners will have to adhere to the requirement stating they have to electronically submit MEC forms. But there are still more changes in store for doctors, truckers and commercial carriers regarding Medical Examination Certification information.
Changes Are Coming
Here is a list of the changes that are occurring now and will occur in the next three years for the medical examination process.
- Medical Examination Report form includes more questions that focus on the trucker’s medical history
- Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner’s Certification Form are new and to be electronically transmitted (This is to be implemented in full force by April 20th)
- MEC information is to be electronically submitted once a month by medical examiners
- All electronically submitted certification data will be in a database accessible by law enforcement during roadside inquiries within 15 days of a certification exam
- All truckers will need to carry their exam certificate with them for 15 days after the date of their physical
- By June 22, 2018 medical examiners will have to transmit the result of a DOT physical the day the exam is performed
- After June 2018, the MEC data will be accessible as soon as it is transmitted by medical examiners
- Truckers will no longer be required to carry their certificates after June 2018 because law enforcement will have ready access to the information.
The speed and ease of access of results of medical certification exams does make it easier for truckers, commercial carries and law enforcement. There are some trucking trade groups, however, who see major problems with this process and have been trying to influence the FMCSA to implement changes in the medical examination regulations. So far their attempts have been unsuccessful.
To learn more about how the new DOT physicals process effects your truckers and your company, contact the experts at Cline Wood.