Emergency Declaration Issued by USDOT in Advance of Hurricane Irma

September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to issue a Regional Emergency Declaration in advance of Hurricane Irma for the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Emergency Declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (such as electrical, sewer, water, and telecommunications) or essential supplies (such as food, water, medical supplies, and fuel).

An FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration continues to exist for Hurricane Harvey.  The Agency has created a special webpage – https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/harvey – containing resources, links and information for commercial motor vehicle carriers and drivers. Additional content will be regularly added.

A second webpage – https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/irma – has also been created containing resources, links and information for commercial motor vehicle carriers and drivers. Additional content will be regularly added.

For a current list of regional and state-by-state Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency.

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Emergency Declaration HOS Waiver Issued by USDOT for Certain States in Anticipated Fuel Shortages due to Tropical Storm Harvey.

August 31, 2017

AMENDED REGIONAL DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23 In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Western Service Center and Regional Field Administrators for FMCSA’s Southern Service Center, Eastern Service Center and Midwestern Service Center, hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to anticipated fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey. Affected States and jurisdictions included in this Emergency Declaration are: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency transporting fuel products into and from the above listed Affected States and jurisdictions are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein, including for any portion of the trip that occurs outside of the Affected States and jurisdictions.

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Vermont Truck and Bus Association Annual Meeting

The Vermont Truck and Bus Association Annual Meeting (September 8 -9) is quickly approaching and we are in the final stages of getting details worked out for the meeting.  Just a quick recap of the details of the meeting, it is being held at the Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe.  On Friday evening, we have a reception from 6:00 – 7:30, currently it is going to be held in the Sunroom.  We will be recognizing two outstanding drivers (Master Truck Driver – Danny Loucks -G W Tatro Construction and Vermont Truck and Bus Association Driver of the Year – Chris Goddard, Fed Ex Express). 

On Saturday morning, our invited guest speaker is David Manning, ATA First Vice Chairman, next Ture Nelson, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Colonel William “Jake” Elovirta, VT DMV followed by Bill Smith, VTBA lobbyist.  Our last speakers will be reviewing the current Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) rules and present their solution, Corey Fongemie, Matt Deloge and Jim Hawthorne representing GPS Fleet Consulting will be presenting.

Please consider joining us, click on the link to view registration packet information.

2017 Convention Packet2

 

VTBA Regional Emergency Declaration has been issued by FMCSA

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the States of Texas and Louisiana as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.

This Emergency Declaration provides for regulator relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment and persons into or from the States of Texas and Louisiana or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency resulting Tropical Storm Harvey in the States of Texas and Louisiana.

This declaration terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort.

This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or until 11:59 pm (ET), September 24, 2017, whichever is less.

Further updates to this declaration can be found on the FMCSA website www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

Crash Preventability Demonstration Program Overview

On August 1, 2017, the FMCSA began accepting Requests for Data Review (RDRs) into its Crash Preventability Demonstration Program through DataQs.  Crashes eligible for the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program must have occured on or after June 1, 2017.  The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program is expected to last a minimum of 24 months.

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FMCSA’s safety programs use data from 3.5 million roadside inspections and 150,000 crashes each year to prioritize its enforcement resources on those motor carriers that pose the greatest safety risks on our Nation’s roads.

Studies show that crash involvement is a strong indicator of future crash risk.  The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program allows FMCSA to gather data to examine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of making crash preventability determinations on certain crash types.  FMCSA will use the information from the program to evaluate if these preventability determinations improve the Agency’s ability to identify the highest-risk motor carriers.

For more information on the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, please visit:

Updated: Monday, August 7, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, is Brake Safety Day

cvsaan enforcement and compliance campaign where law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program.

DOT may alter protocol for diabetic truck drivers

Insulin-dependent diabetic truckers may no longer have to request a formal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, should a new federal rule go into effect.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Monday it is seeking public comments on a revised 2015 rule eliminating the exemption requirement for insulin-dependent diabetic drivers. Instead, the rule would give individual medical examiners authority to grant or deny diabetic drivers their medical certificates.

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