FMCSA’s medical certification program under audit by DOT

Spurred by a wake of criminal charges against medical examiners who have fraudulently issued DOT medical certificates to truck operators, the U.S. DOT’s Office of Inspector General announced Wednesday it is opening an audit to evaluate the DOT medical certification program. Of focus in the audit is the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2014. Since the August 2014 onset of the National Registry, there have been eight indictments and six convictions against medical examiners who have issued fraudulent certificates to drivers. In most cases, the examiner was issuing certificates without performing a full exam and, in some cases, the examiners uploaded fake exam results to FMCSA. Read more

New Training Classes

Defensive Driving for Professional Truck Drivers New Date March 26, 8:00am-12:00pm DER (Designated Employer Representative) New Date March 26, 12:30pm – 3:30pm DOT Audit April 3, 8:00am-12:00pm Pre-trip April 3, 12:30pm-3:30pm Fork Truck Training Thursday, March 7, 2019, 8:30 am Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 8:30 am Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 8:30 am Thursday, June 13, 2019, 8:30 am Thursday, July 11, 2019, 8:30 am Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 8:30 am Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 8:30 am

REGIONAL TRUCK DETOUR DURING NH ROUTE 9 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN SULLIVAN, NH SEVEN MONTH DETOUR BEGINNING ABOUT APRIL 1 WILL USE US 202 AND NH 101

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the planned implementation on or about April 1, 2019 of a regional truck detour to allow for the replacement of the NH Route 9 bridge over Otter Brook in Sullivan. During the bridge replacement project, a planned local detour route for light vehicles will involve a narrow roadway and sharp turn that will not be easily navigated by larger trucks, large motor homes, and vehicles hauling large travel trailers. A signed detour will direct westbound truck traffic on NH Route 9 to turn onto US 202 in Hillsborough, to NH Route 101 in Peterborough and proceed west to Keene. The detour heading eastbound will be to NH 101 in Keene to US 202 in Peterborough to NH 9 in Hillsborough. This roadway reconstruction project along Route 9 begins near the Granite Gorge Ski Area in Roxbury and continues easterly for approximately 2.1 miles to the Centre Street intersection in Sullivan. Road work includes tree removal on the steep ridgeline slopes and slope reduction to improve sight distances. The project will also include significant drainage and guardrail improvements. Bridge work entails replacing the existing NH Route 9 bridge over Otter Brook, and rehabilitating the Centre Street Bridge over Otter Brook.

AMENDED REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2019-001

CONNECTICUT, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, MISSISSIPPI, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, VERMONT AND WISCONSIN This Amended Regional Emergency was updated to include South Dakota. The expiration date remains the same, February 17, 2019. By execution of this amendment to the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into the Affected States are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein. Please keep a copy of the Waiver in the cab of your truck. Here is the link: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/esc-msc-ssc-wsc-amended-regional-emergency-declaration-2019-001-winter-storms-02-08-2019

FMCSA’s hours of service proposal could be impeded by government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government could delay the publication of a proposed rule to reform hours of service regulations, according to a U.S. DOT official.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials hinted in December that a notice of proposed rulemaking offering potential revisions to federal hours regs could come as early as March. But the lingering closure of federal agencies will impede FMCSA’s ability to proceed with the rulemaking process, the official said.Read More

FMCSA News

Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicle 3.0 – Announcement On October 4, 2018, U.S. DOT published Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0). The event was web casted live and a docket (Docket No. DOT-OST-2018-0149) has been opened so that stakeholders and the public can submit their comments on AV 3.0. Read more View the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdbZD4q36po&feature=youtu.be