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Truckers Against Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.  Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to control their victims.  Any minor engaged in commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking.  Trafficking can occur in many locations, including truck stops, restaurants, rest areas, brothels, strip clubs, private homes, etc.  Truckers are the eyes and the ears of our nation’s highways.  If you see a minor working any of those areas or suspect that the person selling sex is under someone else’s control in order to make a quota, call the National Hotline and report your tip:  1-888-3737-888(US) – 1-800-222-TIPS (Canada) Test INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)

For law enforcement to open an investigation on your tip, they need “actionable information”.  Specific tips helpful when reporting to the hotline would include:

  • Descriptions of cars (make, model, color, license plate number, etc.) and people (height, weight, hair color, eye color, age, etc.)  Take a picture if you can.

  •  Specific times and dates (When did you see the event in question take place?  What day was it?

  •         Addresses and locations where suspicious activity took place

MAKE THE CALL – SAVE LIVES
Questions to Ask:

  • Do you keep your own money?  If not, who does?

  •         Do your parents/siblings/relatives know where you are?  If not, why not?

  •         When was the last time you saw your family?

  •         Are you physically or sexually abused?  Are you or your family threatened?  What is the nature of the threats?

Trafficking Red Flags to Look For:

  • Lack of knowledge of their community or whereabouts

  •         Restricted of controlled communication-not allowed to speak for self

  •         CB chatter about “commercial company” or flashing lights signaling “buyer” location

  •        Not in control of own identification documents (ID/passport)

  •        Any acknowledgement that she/he has a pimp and is making a quota

  •        Signs of branding or tattooing of trafficker’s name (often on the neck)

Educate your Drivers

EMERGENCY DECLARATION 17-01

Effective May 4, 2017 to June 3, 2017

In response to severe spring storms causing massive flooding, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency declaration to waive certain federal regulations under the authority of 49 CFR 390.23, for carriers who participate in emergency relief efforts.

While this declaration is in effect, participating carriers are relieved from compliance with 49 CFR parts 395 (hours of service regulations).

Carriers may benefit from the waiver while under load and when returning either empty or with loads directly related to the emergency relief efforts.

Carriers should carry a copy of the declaration in the vehicle while operating in response to the relief efforts.

NONE of the emergency provisions apply to carriers who are not directly involved in the emergency relief efforts or delivery of essential services or supplies.

Carriers must read and understand the attached emergency declaration. In the event this note contradicts any information in the declaration, the declaration language shall rule.

Emergency Declaration

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TRUCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING

Thanks to Scott Marion, Motor Carrier Services Director Missouri Department of Transportation, for speaking to our Council of Safety Supervisors about Truckers Against Trafficking.  To those who were unable to attend, the presentation is available by clicking on the link: Truckers Against Trafficking Presentation.

 

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.

2016 Top Industry Issues – Survey

Need your input

ATRI logoThe American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has asked that we distribute the attached survey to our members in an attempt to identify the critical issues confronting our industry and to develop strategies for addressing these issues now and in the future.     

Missouri Trucking Association will also receive a benefit of your responses if enough Missouri-based carriers participate in the survey.  For as many years as ATRI has been collecting this data, Missouri carriers have participated in sufficient numbers to generate Missouri-specific data for our industry to use in Jefferson City.          

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey online.     

Thank you for taking the time to give your thoughts and opinions today!

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.