Operation Safe Driver Week Oct. 16-22
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that its 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week would be held during Oct. 16-22, 2016. During this event, law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in increased traffic safety enforcement and education that will be focused on at combating unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers.
The CVSA holds Operation Safe Driver Week in partnership with the FMCSA It is supported by industry and transportation safety organizations, and aims to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and cars due to unsafe driving behaviors. Some unsafe behaviors that enforcement will be tracking throughout the event include the following:
- Failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle
- Distracted driving
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
- Traveling too closely
- Improper lane changes
FMCSA Issues Final Rule Amending Safety Regulations on Parts and Accessories
On July 22 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule amending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations "Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation," and portions of FMCSR 396 "Inspection, Repair and Maintenance." The amendments include:
- Deleting the requirement for trucks to have a rear license plate light when state law doesn't require the vehicle to have one.
- Clarifying a regulation regarding when violations or defects noted on a roadside inspection report need to be corrected.
- Under "Periodic Inspection", removes language relating to roadside inspections because roadside and periodic/annual inspections should be separate and not considered equal. Violation-free roadside inspections will no longer be a substitute for an annual inspection.
- Prohibiting the use of speed-restricted tires on tractors regulated by FMCSRs unless specifically designated by the motor carrier. Speed-restricted tires shouldn't be used in excess of 55 miles per hour for extended periods of time.
- Adding a definition of major tread groove; and
- Updating the Minimum Periodic Inspection Standards to include a requirement to inspect anti-lock brake systems and automatic brake adjusters.
Annual brake inspection blitz
Across North America, law enforcement agencies will conduct inspections on commercial vehicles to look for out-of-adjustment brakes, brake system and anti-lock braking system violations. Be prepared for possible delays due to enhanced roadside & random inspections.
Always conduct a required vehicle pre & post trip inspection, and contact your HUB servicing branch if you have an issue that needs to be corrected.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SAFER WEBSITE
IF YOU RECEIVE A LETTER FROM THE FMCSA...
DON'T THROW IT AWAY!!!
Correspondence sent to your place of business that specifically identifies an alerted Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) and outlines possible consequences of continued safety problems. The warning letter provides instructions for accessing carrier safety data and measurement as well as a point-of-contact. This is an early warning sign that if ignored, could lead to a DOT audit!
New rule requires passengers in large commercial trucks to wear seat belts!
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that passengers riding in large commercial trucks will be required to use seat belts whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce.
Effective August 8, 2016, the final rule revises Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and holds motor carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that passengers riding in large commercial trucks are using seat belts.
FMCSA removes New York Chiropractors from trucker medical examiner registry.
Chiropractors in the state of New York have been removed from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and are no longer certified to conduct truck driver DOT physicals as of June 1 2016!
Certification cards issued by these doctors before June 1st, are in good standing and will remain valid up to their expiration date.
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This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the beginning of the suspension process for 575 New York-registered vehicles as part of this state's crackdown on persistent toll violators. These vehicles are alleged to have violated the recently adopted state regulations targeting individuals who fail to pay tolls, fees and other charges resulting from five toll violations on different days over an 18-month period. The regulation, which applies to all New York toll crossings, went into effect January 20.
Prior to the suspensions taking effect, the Department of Motor Vehicles sends letters notifying owners that their vehicle registrations will be suspended within 45 days unless they pay the specified charges, or unless they contact the E-ZPass New York Customer Service Center to resolve the charges, or contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to request a hearing. Letters have been sent to individuals with violations at New York State Thruway Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels facilities.
HUB encourages all drivers to pay careful attention to any notices or violations they receive from the Thruway Authority, Port Authority or Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Highway Use Tax Fee Reduction!
As of April 13, 2016, registering a truck for Highway Use Tax (HUT) will now only cost $1.50 per truck.
As part of the recently enacted New York State budget, the $15 HUT Certificate of Registration fee and the $4 HUT decal fee have been eliminated. Those fees have been replaced by a $1.50 per truck administration fee. Please note: Only the fee has changed.
NON-CDL MEDICAL CARD REGULATION
In most cases, operating a Non-CDL vehicle for commercial use, requires a driver to carry a DOT medical card. Find out if your driver is required by using the link below from the NYSDOT!!!!
CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOU NEED A MED CARD!
BUT....WHAT ABOUT THE HUT?
The NYS Highway Use Tax is required for any truck, tractor or other self-propelled vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 18,000lbs. This tax is imposed on motor carriers that operate on NYS public highways (excluding toll-paid portions of the NYS Thruway). The tax is based on mileage traveled and is computed at a rate determined by the weight of the motor vehicle and the method that you choose to report the tax.
The NYS HUT tax return must be filed on a quarterly basis, starting with the calendar year when you began operations in NYS. If your preceding calendar years total highway use tax is more than $4,000.00, you will be reclassified to a monthly filer. If your prior calendar year’s total tax is $250.00 or less, you may request permission to file once a year. The most convenient way to file is online, and the link is as follows:
DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE!
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!
To register for a free FMCSA Portal account.
The portal account will provide you with access to your company's safety rating with the D.O.T.