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TRUCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING

ier 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.

 

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.

Championships 2017

Missouri Truck Driving Championships

SANITARY TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR

For Motor Carriers – Shippers – Brokers

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SANITARY TRANSPORTATION FOR HUMAN AND ANIMAL FOOD SEMINAR

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.

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.

 

URGENT THREAT OF­ INTERSTATE TOLLING EXPANSION

Please contact members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and ask them to oppose expansion of tolling on the Interstate Highway System.

The T&I Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Interstate Highway System in the House, is considering expanding interstate tolling in its upcoming Highway Reauthorization Bill, likely to be released later this week.  Last June, your emails helped minimize tolling expansion in the Senate’s bill – let’s repeat our success with the House!  Join us in urging the T&I Committee members to protect our existing interstates from the burden of new tolls.

Tell the T&I Committee “NO TOLLS” in just 15seconds.

Over the past seventeen years, the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP) has served its purpose and demonstrated the unviability of tolling existing interstates. Over the years, six states have pursued tolls via the ISRRPP, and each effort failed due primarily to widespread public outcry over tolling’s negative consequences, which in some cases even triggered state legislative action to protect interstates from tolls. Pilot programs are meant to be temporary. Approaching twenty years in age, the ISRRPP has run its course and should be repealed, not expanded or made more flexible.

We all know that tolling existing interstates would have serious negative consequences. Businesses would face higher operating expenses and, where possible, seek to pass on those costs on to consumers. Commuters and travelers would face steep cost increases and hourly employees might have to work an extra hour per day just to pay the toll to and from work. Traffic diversion around tolls onto secondary routes would cause congestion, increased accidents, higher road-wear and repair costs for local governments, and slower first response times. The cost to drive will be dramatically higher.

Additionally, our Founding Fathers gave Congress the responsibility to regulate commerce; this now includes funding and maintaining the Interstate Highway System, and passing the buck to states is an abdication of duty and violates the spirit of the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. It may be politically expedient to frame it as a “states’ rights” issue, but this ignores the safety, equity, and interstate commerce implications. Most importantly, it will not solve the highway funding problem.

Please take action by sending an email to Representative Shuster and the House T&I Committee – it only takes 15 seconds and your voice could save the interstate from new tolls.

http://www.tollfreeinterstates.com/

 

INDUSTRY SAFETY DAY COURTESY REST STOPS

For Immediate Release                           Contact: Tom Crawford   (573) 634-3388

Boonville, Joplin & Hayti, MO- The Missouri Trucking Association’s Council of Safety Supervisors has arranged to visit with the motoring public at three separate locations around the state on Friday September 4th.

Rest Stop – I-70 Westbound, Boonville, MO

Welcome Center – I-44 Eastbound, Joplin, MO

Welcome Center – I-55 Northbound, Hayti, MO

Safety information will be available, to educate both young and experienced drivers about operating around Commercial Motor Vehicles. A No Zone Display will be available for demonstrations, to help motorists become familiar with the “No Zone” around a commercial motor vehicle where the driver cannot see other vehicles.

During the holiday weekend, the highway becomes more congested as everyone makes that last summer trip. Dedicated safety professionals, including representatives of Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and America’s Road Team, will be taking time out of their busy lives to share professional safety tips with the public to help ensure that everyone has a safe weekend.

Refreshments will be available at each of the three locations.

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