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EMERGENCY DECLARATION – Wildfire Relief

Wildfires in states west of Missouri are consuming large swaths of livestock pasture. As a result, livestock producers are in great need of animal feed. In order to streamline relief efforts, the Missouri Department of Transportation, at the request of Gov. Eric Greitens and in consultation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is waiving travel time restrictions for those hauling oversize loads of hay in Missouri to one of the affected states.

The Emergency Declaration for the destination state can be downloaded and printed from the FMCSA website https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency  A copy of the permit must be carried with the load and will be recognized by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


Oversize permits are required of loads exceeding 8’6” in width. Through April 8, 2017, permits for overwide loads of hay will:

– Be issued free of charge

– Be issued up to 12’ wide (load length, height and weight must remain within legal limits)

– Allow travel during curfew hours and at night

These continuous movement oversize permits are only available to those hauling hay in direct response to disaster relief efforts.

Drivers must abide by all other permit regulations including the use of reflective oversize load signs and clearance lights instead of flags at the edges of loads when hauling at night or when visibility is less than 500 feet.

For assistance obtaining an oversize permit, carriers may contact MoDOT Motor Carrier Services at 1-800-877-8499 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

ATRI Updates Online Idling Regulations Compendium

The American Transportation Research Institute continues to update and maintain a listing of state and local idling regulations on its website, www.atri-online.org. Two new idling regulations were added to the compendium in this latest update. The listing is provided in two forms, an online compendium which provides detailed information and Internet links to each of the 60 state and local regulations which have been identified; and a cab card which provides a consolidated listing of the state and local limits, The cab card is designed to be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

ATRI provides the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the myriad of state and local idling regulations.

MoTA FAX Malfunction

MoTA has experienced recent intermittent FAX difficulties.  With the upcoming Convention, it has been an extremely inconvenient time for malfunctions of this kind!

All convention registrations and sponsorships do have a confirmation or invoice forwarded to the email noted on the form.  If you have not received a response by email from darla@motrucking.org, you will need to resend your faxed forms to (573) 634-4197 or scan and email them to mota@motrucking.org.  The need to re-fax or email will also apply to anything you may have sent to the MoTA office by fax from August 8 until the end of the month of August.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

Interpretation and Enforcement Changes for Fuel Carrier Industry – UPDATE

The Missouri Highway Patrol Vehicle Enforcement Division has decided to hold off from enforcing the recent interpretation from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) changes how you placard a full load of diesel fuel, NA1993.

In a recent response/interpretation from PHMSA they have alerted the industry of how 49 CFR 172.336 is being enforced.  The interpretation would no longer allow a carrier to display the flammable placard with the markings UN1203 when the entire load is diesel fuel, NA1993.

Missouri Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement leadership has decided to hold off on enforcing the interpretation until a determination is finalized on whether this will be permanently changed.  Several groups in Washington DC are working to get this language changed so that carriers could transport diesel fuel, gasoline and heating oil in different compartments in a truck using only a gasoline placard without having to affix or switch multiple placards.

Call Jason Ahten at 573-634-3388 for more details.

SAFETY RECALL ISSUED BY VOLVO TRUCKS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an important safety bulletin based on a safety VOLVO RECALLrecall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8 motor vehicles, with more than 17,000 affected vehicles in the United States.

This is a critical safety defect that could severely affect the safe operation of these vehicles due to a faulty two-piece steering shaft. This condition can lead to separation of the steering shaft without warning and an immediate loss of steering ability and control which may lead to a vehicle crash. Operators of vehicles affected by the Volvo recall should take the vehicles out of service as soon as possible.

FMCSA published an advisory bulletin  to raise awareness of this issue in order to prevent serious crashes. The bulletin includes the guidance Volvo prepared for motor carriers operating these vehicles.

Federal and state inspectors are advised that certain 2016 and 2017 Volvo and Mack Titan model trucks may be affected by the recall. If you do identify any vehicles subject to this recall, please send an email to the enforcement with the name of the carrier and DOT number, and a description of the action taken. If FMCSA or state inspectors identify a potentially affected vehicle, the driver should be directed to call 877-800-4945 (option 1) prior to proceeding, and to follow the instructions provided by Volvo. Volvo advises carriers to contact the Volvo Customer Support line (1-877-800-4945 , option 1) to determine what, if any, action is necessary.

In addition to being a serious safety issue, continuing to operate these vehicles could be considered a violation of 49 C.F.R. § 396.7, which prohibits operation of a vehicle in a condition likely to cause an accident or a breakdown. Safety demands that operators of these vehicles take prompt and appropriate action to ensure this issue is addressed. Motor carriers that violate applicable regulations may face enforcement action including, but not limited to, civil penalties and a finding that the defect constitutes an out-of-service condition.

Missouri Truck Driving Championships 2016

The 2016 Missouri State Truck Driving Championships is right around the corner.  This year’s event will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center  in Springfield on June 3rd and 4th. The Course Competition will be held on the Prime, Inc. Training Lot nearby.

All participating drivers must be from member companies of the Missouri Trucking Association.

The event is sponsored by the Council of Safety Supervisors with a focus on safety and excellence. Participation in the Missouri State Truck Driving Championships not only challenges drivers during competition, it provides year-long motivation to excel in their professions and return to competition the following year. The result is a more focused and goal driven team.

Why not send your drivers to competition this year? The benefits for the individuals and companies who participate are long-lasting and contribute to even safer fleets, overall. While you’re at it why not send a message of encouragement to your drivers through the TDC event program, for all to see?

The first order of business is to complete the Intent of Entry form.  Complete, then fax or email to the MoTA office.  When this form is received we will send TDC shoulder patches and Facts for Drivers books so your drivers may prepare for the written exam.  Completion of this form is a big help in planning the event.

Next complete the rest of the forms and submit to the MoTA office.  The registration deadline to participate and to advertise is – May 5 – so don’t delay. Register your team members today!  The earlier they get registered the more time they have to study for the written exam!

Please note:  The hotel usually sells out quickly!

Again this year, there will be a Spouse Course Competition following the driver competition, a very popular part of recent events.

For more information and the required forms click here.

 

FHWA Releases Compendium of Size and Weight Regulations

The Federal Highway Administration has released its Compilation of Existing State Truck Size and Weight Limit Laws. This publication was requested by Congress in 2012 in the MAP-21 highway bill. It is a compendium of state size and weight regulations, in effect on October 1, 2012, that allow vehicles operating on the National Highway System to exceed federal size and weight limits. In addition to limits for trucks in regular operation, the report includes exemptions for specific commodities or types of vehicle. Because federal length law is permissive, the report focuses almost exclusively on weight limits.

~American Trucking Associations ~

FMCSA Grace Period for Use of New Medical Report Forms and Certificates

The FMCSA 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners were allowed to use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) was from December 22, 2015, until April 20, 2016.

It’s official – only the new report forms and wallet cards can be used now! 

Please check your stock of Driver Qualification files as well as your stock of medical examination report forms and certificates.  Some driver qualification files come with forms and will contain the old version of the medical forms.  Any medical exam report forms and certificates in your possession need to replaced with the new version.

New product is currently available through the MoTA truckerStore.

 

FMCSA Lowers 2016 Random Drug Testing Rate to 25 Percent

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has announced it will lower the 2016 minimum random drug testing rate for commercial driver’s license holders to 25% from 50% annually. This significant announcement is the result, in large part, of ATA’s advocacy efforts.  ATA met with FMCSA on this issue early last year, helped gather relevant data, and encouraged FMCSA to take the appropriate step of reducing the testing burden if the industry’s performance continued to meet the agency’s standard. DOT has previously lowered the testing rates for others modes and acknowledged a 25% rate continues to provides strong deterrence from drug use.

Under a long-standing provision in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, FMCSA may lower the minimum annual percentage rates for random testing to 25% percent when the industry violation rate (as measured by number of positive tests) for random drug tests is less than 1.0% for two consecutive years.  The trucking industry has maintained a sub-1.0% violation rate for three consecutive years. The announcement is an important step that will immediately reduce regulatory and cost burdens for motor carriers.  Carriers may, however, continue to test at a rate higher than 25% in 2016 if they so choose.

Linda Burruss Obituary

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing last night of Linda Burruss, wife of former MMCA President/CEO George Burruss.  The obituary and arrangements are included with this announcement.

In my brief conversation with George this morning he mentioned the wonderful life he and Linda shared together and the fun they had with the trucking community.  The MoTA family was a big part of that for George and Linda.

Condolences can be sent to George Burruss, 235 Ash Park Driver, Jefferson City, MO  65109.

Please keep George, Chris and the entire Burruss family in your thoughts and prayers.

Tom Crawford

MoTA President & CEO

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Obituary for Linda Burruss

Mrs. Linda R. Burruss, age 72 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Linda was born on October 9, 1943 in Chicago, Il. a daughter of Clarence and Delores (Pallie) Wandrey. She graduated from Wheaton High School in Wheaton, Il. She attended William Woods College where she earned an associate of fine arts. While attending William Woods, she met George Burruss and they were married in Wheaton, Il. on September 5, 1964.

Linda was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and served as a docent at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion. She was a member of the Jefferson City Country Club and its Ladies Golf Association. She was also a member of a bowling league.

She was an accomplished trout fisherman and often out fished George. She rarely missed a Jay football or basketball game or a Missouri Tiger football game. Linda enjoyed the internet and all the various games thereon and was known to visit various casinos.

Most important of all, she was devoted to her family and spent hours cooking for them, as well as, all the other things mothers do.

Survivors include: her husband of fifty-one years; two sons, George W. Burruss, Jr. (wife Shari) of Carbondale, Illinois and Christopher W. Burruss (wife Kathy) of Jefferson City, Mo.; one brother, Clarence Wandrey of Thousand Oaks, California; one sister-in-law, Kittye Jo Copeland of Chandler, Arizona; four grandchildren, Kelsey, Caleb, Carol and Corinne; one great-grandchild, Caden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be at the First Christian Church from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Monday, November 2, 2015.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 noon Monday, November 2, 2015 at the First Christian Church with the Reverend Beau Underwood officiating. Graveside services and entombment will be held in the Mausoleum of Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Compassus or the First Christian Church.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.