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10.15.20 October 16th is BUPD Day!

 
October 16 Is Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri
Public Invited to Attend Virtual Event, Encouraged to Take BUPD Pledge
 
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Mike Parson has proclaimed Oct. 16 as Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri and fellow Missourian and former race car driver Carl Edwards is lending his famous name to the cause, all in an effort to encourage Missourians to take two simple actions to save lives on the state’s highways – fasten their seatbelts and put their phones down while driving.
As part of the promotion, Missourians are invited to join in a virtual BUPD Day kickoff event that will launch at 9 a.m. on Oct. 16 on MoDOT’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/MoDOTStatewide. In addition to Parson and Edwards, participants include Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna, Missouri State Highway Patrol Col. Eric Olson and AAA Public Affairs Specialist Nick Chabarria.
      They will be joined by two crash survivors from ThinkFirst Missouri – Chad Kitzman and Chad Burton – who will provide their personal perspective on the perils of texting while driving and riding in a vehicle without a seatbelt.
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9.23.20 Medical exam and certification expirations extended

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently published another extension of the medical examination and certification requirements due to the on-going effects of COVID-19.

The documents of drivers whose medical examinations originally expired on Mar. 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020 will remain valid through Oct. 31, 2020. This is beyond a previously announced extension date.

Drivers whose medical exam documents expire June 1, 2020 or later, remain valid through Dec. 31, 2020.

Drivers must have had a valid medical examination/certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or more to be eligible for the extensions.

Though the FMCSA also made it possible for states to extend CDL expiration dates, Missouri did not accept and adopt this portion of the waiver.

Find the text of the waiver on the FMCSA website.…

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9.18.20 FMCSA Emergency Declaration for ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Southern Service Center

1800 Century Blvd., Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA  20245

September 15, 2020

AMENDED REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23
No. 2020-006

ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI

In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Southern Service Center hereby declares 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 in this Emergency Declaration.  Such emergency is in response to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sally, and the current and anticipated effects on people and property, including immediate threat to human life or public welfare from heavy rains, high surf, flooding and high winds.  This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, goods, equipment, fuel and persons and provides necessary relief.  

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9.18.20 CCD Wildfire Service Update

CCD Wildfire Service Update (Correction)

This email has been updated with additional links in the Over-Dimension Permits information section.

As Oregon continues to deal with wildfires, Commerce and Compliance Division (CCD) would like to remind motor carriers of the best ways to utilize CCD services and find updated information on the ongoing situation. CCD is here to serve throughout the emergency.

Please note, due to the ongoing situation, we are currently operating with reduced staff resulting in longer wait times on the phone. We apologize for any delays in service that may occur. Here are other ways to get service without waiting on the phone:

Oregon Trucking Online: We encourage carriers to utilize Oregon Trucking Online to conduct business. If you have questions or need further assistance, please use the “Contact Us” link on our website to send an email.

Over-dimension Permits: We have been and will continue to issue permits.…

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9.14.20 FMCSA Update

Extension of the Modified Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration         
September 11, 2020

EXTENSION OF THE MODIFIED EXPANDED
EMERGENCY DECLARATION No. 2020-002
UNDER 49 CFR § 390.25

THE FIFTY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that the continuing national emergency warrants the extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002.  This extension continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the fifty States and the District of Columbia as set forth below.  This notice extends the exemption through December 31, 2020, subject to the restrictions and limitations set forth in this Extension.

Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 was issued following the declaration of a national emergency by the President pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the public health emergency declared by the Health and Human Services Secretary, and the immediate risk COVID-19 presents to public health and welfare.  

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9.8.20 Free for Drivers All September

Pilot Company thanks all professional drivers for their tireless work to supply goods across North America. To show appreciation, Pilot is turning National Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 13 – 19, into a month-long celebration with free drinks and deals exclusively for professional drivers all September.

From Sept. 1 – 30, professional drivers will find exclusive offers in the Pilot Flying J app, including:

  • Free drinks every day
  • Free showers all month with September Shower Power after one 75+ gallon fill
  • Earn up to four points per gallon when activating Push4Points
  • Free JPRO diagnostics test at Pilot Flying J Truck Care service centers

To redeem the promotions, professional drivers simply save the offers in the Pilot Flying J app* and visit any of the 750 company-operated stores in the U.S., including Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, Pilot Flying J Truck Care locations and participating One9 Fuel Network locations**.…

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9.4.20 Traffic Alert: Route 51/ Chester bridge weight limit reduced to 25 tons due to deterioration

September 04, 2020

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 51/Chester bridge weight limit reduced to 25 tons due to deterioration

SIKESTON – Recent bridge inspections have revealed deterioration, requiring MoDOT to restrict heavy loads on the Route 51/Chester Bridge over the Mississippi River in Perry County to 25 tons. New weight-limit signs will be installed on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Traffic Impacts:

  1. Weight limits on the bridge will be reduced to 25 tons, including loads of grain/grain co-products.
  2. A regular semi-truck weighs 40 tons.
  3. Bridge will remain open to traffic.
  4. Bridge is safe for travel.

Future Plans:

  1. Plans for bridge repairs are underway.
  2. Prior to repairs, additional information regarding timelines will be released.

Once completed, the load posting will be increased to 40 tons.…

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9.4.20 FMCSA Proposes New Under-21 Commercial Driver Pilot Program

FMCSA Proposes New Under-21 Commercial Driver Pilot Program

Friday, September 4, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is proposing and seeking public comments on a new pilot program to allow drivers aged 18, 19, and 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

“This action will allow the Agency to carefully examine the safety, feasibility, and possible economic benefits of allowing 18 to 20-year-old drivers to operate in interstate commerce. Safety is always FMCSA’s top priority, so we encourage drivers, motor carriers, and interested citizens to review this proposed new pilot program and share their thoughts and opinions,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck.

FMCSA’s Federal Register notice requests comments on a new pilot program that would allow younger drivers to operate in interstate commerce. The Agency proposes a pilot program to allow drivers to participate if they fall within two categories: 1) 18 to 20-year-old commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who operate CMVs in interstate commerce while taking part in a 120-hour probationary period and a subsequent 280-hour probationary period under an apprenticeship program established by an employer, or 2) 19 and 20-year-old commercial drivers who have operated CMVs in intrastate commerce for a minimum of one year and 25,000 miles.

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9.3.20 ATA: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Message from ATA:

  1. We’ll have some t-shirts and challenge coins to share with you to hand out to some of your drivers – please let me know if you are interested and we will send them your way.
  2. We have the NTDAW tool kit up on our site – with two draft op-eds; two draft press releases, a proclamation.  Scroll to bottom for tool kit.  https://www.trucking.org/national-truck-driver-appreciation-week
  3. Attached are radio ads that TMAF produced – you can add your name to them as well – use as on hold messages, etc. – or ask your local media to run.
  4. Follow us on social media – both ATA and TMAF.  Share as much as you can and as often as well.
  5. We will release a program with Peterson Mfg. tomorrow where we will honor 10 drivers with $1,000 each – for those who suffered during COVID – examples family member lost job; contracted the virus; etc.
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9.1.2020 International Roadcheck is Next Week

 

This Year’s Previously Postponed International Roadcheck is Now Scheduled for Sept. 9-11

Greenbelt, Maryland (Aug. 10, 2020) – In March 2020, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced the postponement of International Roadcheck due to the coronavirus pandemic, with new dates to be determined. CVSA has now rescheduled International Roadcheck for Sept. 9-11.

International Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-volume, high-visibility inspection and enforcement initiative when CVSA-certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections at weigh or inspection stations, at designated fixed locations or as part of roving mobile patrols. Over that three-day time frame, law enforcement personnel will inspect commercial motor vehicles for compliance with federal regulations and utilize the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria to identify critical inspection item violations.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is on the driver requirements component of a roadside inspection.

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