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?
Order Your Supplies By September 1st!
They toil under stressful, often harsh conditions, and they deserve a genuine, tangible display of appreciation. There’s no better way to say “Thank You” than by hosting a great appreciation event.
Here are the perfect items needed for your Driver Appreciation Event the week of September 10-16. Order these items and check out other items before it’s too late!
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.…
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an important safety bulletin based on a safety recall 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.…
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.
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. …
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.
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.…
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.…
Most shippers and transporters of hazardous materials associate the familiar small orange Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) with compliance with HazMat Regulations (49 CFR), using it to provide emergency response information for a hazmat shipment. That is not really why the ERG was created.
The ERG was originally developed for use by first responders on site at transportation incidents involving hazardous materials/dangerous goods. The ERG provides quick identification of the hazard(s) of the materials and helps them to protect themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of an incident.
With few exceptions, HazMat Regulations require that emergency response information accompany shipments of hazardous materials for availability at the scene of an incident. The ERG is just one of the ways the emergency response information can be provided.
Emergency responders are familiar with the ERG because OSHA and EPA regulations require training on the use of the ERG. So, although not the original intended use, keeping an ERG with the hazmat shipping papers is an easy way to comply with the requirements in the HazMat Regulations, that the emergency response information be readily available to, and recognizable by, authorities in the event of an incident or inspection.…