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FMCSA Announces Pilot Program to Evaluate
Under-21 Veterans as CDL Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to launch a pilot program that would permit a limited number of 18-20 year olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license to operate large trucks in interstate commerce, provided they are sponsored by a participating trucking company. The program, which was published in the July 6, 2018 Federal Register, is a fulfillment of Section 5404 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

“This program will allow our Veterans and Reservists to translate their extensive training into good-paying jobs operating commercial vehicles safely across the country, while also addressing the nationwide driver shortage,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA is seeking public comment on a proposed pilot program that would allow 18-20-year-old, military-trained drivers to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.

During the pilot program, the FMCSA will compare the driver activity (e.g., duty hours, driving hours, off-duty time, restart breaks), safety outcomes (e.g., crashes, violations, and safety-critical events) and any additional supporting information (e.g., OBMS logs, investigative reports from previous crashes) of these 18-20 year old drivers to a control group of interstate CDL drivers aged 21 to 24. The FMCSA will submit a report detailing the findings and its recommendations to Congress no later than a year after the agency completes data collection. The results of the pilot program could be instrumental in amending laws which currently prohibit any driver younger than 21 from operating large commercial trucks in interstate commerce.

The FMCSA expects to need 70 motor carriers to hire at least 200 drivers to compare to a control group of 200 drivers and/or 200 intrastate drivers, so that the pilot program results/data will allow for the highest confidence level. The agency anticipates the program to run three years, but may conclude the program sooner if there is sufficient data to analyze the safety of covered drivers.

Before the pilot program can officially commence, FMCSA is required by federal statute to allow a public comment period. Comments must be received on or before September 4, 2018 and may be submitted at regulations.gov by using Docket ID FMCSA-2017-0196.

 

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International Roadcheck Slated for June 5-7

With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate going into effect in December 2017 and being fully enforced since the beginning of April, it’s no surprise that the focus of this year’s International Roadcheck is hours-of-service compliance. The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) 72-hour inspection blitz will take place June 5-7, 2018.

The International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program of commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in the United States, Canada, and Mexico over the three-day period.

During last year’s Roadcheck, thirty-two percent of drivers who were placed out of service were removed from the roadways as a result of violations related to hours-of-service regulations.

"Although the electronic logging device rule that went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017 does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance," said CVSA President Capt.

Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “We thought this year would be the perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”

DOT inspectors throughout the US, Canada and Mexico will be inspecting nearly 17 trucks or buses, on average, every minute during this year's International Roadcheck.

The inspections are performed in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors across North America.

Inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspections, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.

The vehicle inspection will include checking braking systems; cargo securement; coupling devices; driveline/driveshaft components; exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; lighting devices; steering mechanisms; suspensions; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels; rims and hubs; and windshield wipers.

Buses will also be inspected for emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

Commercial vehicle drivers will need to provide all operating credentials such as their driver’s license and endorsements, medical examiner’s certificate, hours-of-service documentation and record of duty status (RODS) per Part 395, 49 CFR 395.8(a) – [ELD, automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD), paper logbook or electronic logbook].

Additionally, drivers will be checked for seat belt usage, and enforcement officers will be looking for any signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. 

If an inspector finds no critical inspection item violations during an inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection.

If critical inspection items violations are found, an inspector may render the driver or vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American Out-of-Service Criteria. This means that the driver cannot operator the vehicle until the violation(s) are corrected.

For more information on hours-of service regulations, visit the FMCSA website.

 

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International Roadcheck Slated for June 5-7

With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate going into effect in December 2017 and being fully enforced since the beginning of April, it’s no surprise that the focus of this year’s International Roadcheck is hours-of-service compliance. The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) 72-hour inspection blitz will take place June 5-7, 2018.

The International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program of commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in the United States, Canada, and Mexico over the three-day period.

During last year’s Roadcheck, thirty-two percent of drivers who were placed out of service were removed from the roadways as a result of violations related to hours-of-service regulations. "Although the electronic logging device rule that went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017 does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance," said CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “We thought this year would be the perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”

DOT inspectors throughout the US, Canada and Mexico will be inspecting nearly 17 trucks or buses, on average, every minute during this year's International Roadcheck.

The inspections are performed in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors across North America. Inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspections, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. The vehicle inspection will include checking braking systems; cargo securement; coupling devices; driveline/driveshaft components; exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; lighting devices; steering mechanisms; suspensions; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels; rims and hubs; and windshield wipers. Buses will also be inspected for emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating. Commercial vehicle drivers will need to provide all operating credentials such as their driver’s license and endorsements, medical examiner’s certificate, hours-of-service documentation and record of duty status (RODS) per Part 395, 49 CFR 395.8(a) – [ELD, automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD), paper logbook or electronic logbook]. Additionally, drivers will be checked for seat belt usage, and enforcement officers will be looking for any signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. 

If an inspector finds no critical inspection item violations during an inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection. If critical inspection items violations are found, an inspector may render the driver or vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American Out-of-Service Criteria. This means that the driver cannot operator the vehicle until the violation(s) are corrected.

For more information on hours-of service regulations, visit the FMCSA website.

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FMCSA Announces Delay of MEC Integration Final Rule

A new federal rule due for implementation on June 22, 2018 that would eliminate the need for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to carry their medical cards has been delayed for three years by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In the April 27th Federal Register, the Agency issued a notice announcing that the Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule will not require compliance until June 22, 2021.

FMCSA is pushing back the compliance date for a federal rule that would move to electronically-transmitted medical cards.

The rule requires FMCSA to electronically transmit the driver identification information, medical examination results, and restriction information from examinations performed for holders of commercial learner permits and interstate/intrastate commercial driver licenses from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners to the State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs). However, with the final rule compliance date rapidly approaching, FMCSA concluded that it would not be able to electronically transmit information nor would the SDLAs be able to electronically receive the Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC) information for posting to the driver record as intended by the rule. The National Registry website has been offline since it suffered a security breach on December 1. The Agency has not yet identified the nature of the hack or provided any details as to when the registry might return to functionality. In the notice, FMCSA said postponing the implementation date would give the state driver’s licensing agencies sufficient time to make the necessary information technology program changes.

However, beginning on June 2, certified medical examiners will still be required to report results of all complete commercial motor vehicle drivers’ medical examinations (including the results where the driver was found not to be qualified) to FMCSA by midnight (local time) the day following an examination, and must continue issuing the original paper medical examiner certificate to qualified drivers. All CMV drivers will continue to provide the SDLA with their MEC as proof of medical certification.

FMCSA is accepting public comments on the notice through June 26, 2018.

 

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As of April 1, 2018, violations related to Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations found during roadside inspections are being used in the Safety Measurement System (SMS). These violations are not being applied retroactively; violations recorded prior to April 1, 2018 will not be counted in SMS. Motor carriers that have received ELD-related violations will start to see them reflected in their HOS Compliance BASIC in early May 2018 when the next monthly SMS results are released.

A complete list of the ELD violations and their severity weights is available in the SMS Appendix A spreadsheet.

 

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A line of 13 truckers -- with assistance from Michigan State Police -- created a wall on the I-696 freeway near the Coolidge exit to help prevent a man from jumping off the overpass.

The viral moment is being referred to as "The Trucker Wall."  

After shutting down the interstate, state troopers helped the truckers line up to park side-by-side, in an effort to shorten the man's fall if he were to jump.

After lining up, the man was eventually talked down from the ledge, and taken to the hospital for an evaluation, according to WJBK.

An outstanding story of strangers helping strangers.  And kudos to all of the truckers involved for their selfless act of heroism.  

Also an important reminder that if you or a loved one is ever experiencing suicidal thoughts, there is help available.  Call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential services.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

 

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A friendly heads up to all of our truckers out there... 

On April 1st, law enforcement officials will begin issuing out-of-service orders to commercial motor vehicle drivers who are not in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.

Commercial drivers were required, effective December 18, 2017, to begin using ELDs or continue using compliant automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status. Since that time, those found in violation of the ELD mandate have been cited by enforcement officers, but the violations have not affected a carrier’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) score, and drivers have been allowed to continue operating.

However, effective April 1st, commercial drivers cited for ELD violations will be placed out of service for 10 hours. A driver will be permitted to proceed to his/her next scheduled destination after 10 hours, assuming they have at least a paper log, but the driver must be compliant with the ELD rule before being dispatched on any subsequent trips. It should also be noted that as of April 1st, violations of the ELD mandate will count against carriers' Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores.

ELD Notes 

In preparation of the hard enforcement of the ELD mandate, we recommend that you take note of the following:

·     Motor carriers installing a new device after the December 18, 2017 implementation date must only install an ELD, and the device must be on the FMCSA'sregistered ELD list. Those who installed and used AOBRDs prior to that date may continue to run those devices until December 16, 2019, at which time only ELDs may be used.

·     A motor carrier that is exempt from using an ELD should consider providing proof to drivers who: (1) Operate vehicles equipped with a model year 1999 engine and older; and/or (2) Operate as 100-air mile radius driver as defined in 49 CFR 395.1(e).

·     Drivers are required to have the following on board their vehicles: (1) A paper or electronic user's manual describing how to operate the ELD; (2) A step-by-step instruction sheet showing how to transfer the driver's HOS records to enforcement officers; (3) An ELD malfunction instruction sheet; and (4) A supply of blank driver's records of duty status graph-grids sufficient to record information for a minimum of 8 days.

·     Transporters of agricultural commodities, including livestock, have until June 18, 2018 to adopt an ELD. In the interim, they may continue to use paper logs.

·     The ELD final rule does not change any of the basic hours-of-service regulations or exceptions. 

 

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Owner Operator Direct at MATSCome See Us in Booth #68096

Owner Operator Direct is geared up to see you in Booth #68096 at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), which runs March 22-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The show occupies over 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit space, and annually attracts over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 75,000 attendees from across the globe.

MATS Has Come a Long Way... 

Today’s MATS has come a long way from the first show back in 1972, which was housed in only a portion of the West Wing of the original Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, and attracted 83 exhibitors and 4,000 attendees.

By 1984, MATS drew 270 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees, and moved into the East Wing of the Expo Center. 

Seven years later, in 1991, the show grew to almost a half a million square feet of exhibit space, 650 exhibitors and over 35,000 attendees.

MATS spread into the South Wing and added outdoor exhibit space in 1994, and just three years later, 1997, marked the first time the show broke 1,000 exhibiting companies.

In 2006, with the completion of the South Wing C expansion, MATS broke all previous records for attendance, number of exhibiting companies, and total square footage.

By 2011, the show’s 40th anniversary, MATS had become the largest annual heavy-duty trucking event in the world. And, in 2015, MATS set an all-time attendance record with 81,768 attendees, surpassing the previous record set in 2012.

This year, Owner Operator Direct is proud to be exhibiting in Booth #68096 and we invite you to stop by!

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Animal Welfare a Major Concern

Livestock producers and haulers were panicking over the implications of the ELD law that goes into effect this Sunday, March 18th.  

The original ELD law went into effect on 12/18/17 for most commercial truckers. But the FMCSA decided they needed more time to evaluate the negative effects the law would have on the livestock industry.... so they gave livestock haulers a 90 day extension. 

That extension was set to end this weekend.  On Tuesday, March 13th, the FMCSA announced another 90 day extension for the agricultural industry.    

Livestock haulers were set to panic this Sunday, March 18th when the temporary 90 day ELD waiver expires.  On Tuesday, the FMCSA announced another 90 day extension while they figure out a solution. 

“We continue to see strong compliance rates across the country that improve weekly, but we are mindful of the unique work our agriculture community does and will use the following 90 days to ensure we publish more helpful guidance that all operators will benefit from,” said FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez.

Drivers covered by the waiver include those hauling “any agricultural commodity, non-processed food, feed, fiber or livestock.”

Livestock is defined as “cattle, elk, reindeer, bison, horses, deer, sheep, goats, swine, poultry (including egg-producing poultry), fish used for food and other animals designated … that are part of a foundation herd or offspring.”

Another temporary 90 day waiver is a relief, but the FMCSA needs to come up with a permanent solution.  The cattle industry would be greatly affected by the ELD law, particularly the hauls of livestock who are picked up 11+ hours away from their destinations.  If the law forces haulers to rest for 10 hours, the cattle will be sitting at rest areas and truck stops.  This will cause major animal welfare issues, not to mention the implications on disease-prone animals such as pigs.

And it's not just the pig and cattle industry that has to worry; those who haul horses will be subject to the same regulations.  It will have a devastating effect on both college and pro rodeo, as well as horse racing venues around the country.  Over 5 million people attended pro rodeo events last year alone.  

In related news, the FMCSA claims 96% roadside compliance with the new ELD mandate, a number that, according to the agency, has been steadily increasing. For a list of self-certified, registered ELD's, click here.   

 

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Commercial Trucking Rates Dip, But Don't Expect the Trend to Last

For anyone who has been living under a rock lately, there is a massive, nationwide shortage of trucks and drivers.  

Trucking rates on the spot market have dipped slightly to $2.17 per mile, but they are coming off a record high last month of $2.26 for vans.  Some rates were even higher for flatbeds and reefers.

Most shippers agree that the decline in rates won't last.  

The economy is at full employment, and the demand for freight is incredibly strong.  Combine that with the new ELD law coming to full enforcement in April, and there will be even less semi's out on the road. 

According to the DAT, demand is currently measuring at 7 loads per available truck. 

Last year at this time, the demand was 2.4 loads per available truck.  

Large commercial trucking companies are turning down thousands of loads per week.  In fact, Heartland Express Inc. based out of North Liberty, Iowa, has reportedly been turning down up to 10,000 loads per week on average.  The main reason? 

They simply can't find drivers.  

The government continues to pile on regulations that make it harder for truckers to earn the decent living they used to.  New drivers and veterans are leaving in droves for jobs in construction or energy, both of which pay better and allow employees to spend more time at home. 

Trucking companies finally have the upper hand when it comes to negotiating freight contracts.  Some analysts believe that rates could rise as high as 10% by the end of 2018.  

The question remains:  Will companies use these rate increases to pay their drivers more?  Will they recruit new operators?  Or will shippers simply move more freight to rail?  

Only time will tell.  

 

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