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  • 07/12/2018 10:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Class A or Class B permit applicants would need to complete 15 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, of which 10 hours must have been on a public road.

    Especially, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be asked to adopt regulations to abide by the federal rule by June 5, 2020. The bill, SB1236, would also establish minimal behind-the-wheel training requirements to be performed as part of CDL training.

    The Assembly Transportation Committee voted to Change the hour demand. The panel decided to cut from 30 hours to 15 hours that the mandatory behind-the-wheel prep for Class A permit applicants. The minimum number of hours public roads for Class B permit applicants also was raised in seven to 10 hours.

    The Assembly Transportation Committee voted to advance an amended bill to implement a federal rule that requires people looking for a commercial driver's license to complete a certified course of instruction from a commercial driving firm or program provided by an employer prior to being issued a license.

    Each 50 minutes of driving could be regarded as one hour of training.

    The bill host has emphasized data in the California Highway Patrol which shows 10,062 at-fault commercial automobile collisions reported from 2014, where 2,432 led to injury and 68 were deadly.

    Senate lawmakers approved the bill a year ago but it died in the Assembly without getting a floor vote. Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, brought back the bill for consideration in an effort to find the state to act to ensure that commercial truck and bus drivers are being held to the maximum safety standards.

    "While the final rule would improve driver training and road security, it does not include a requirement which CDL applicants get a minimum amount of hours of behind-the-wheel instruction."

    He's described the legislation as"a sensible measure which will save lives by requiring drivers of big rigs and other large commercial vehicles to have driving experience before being accredited in California."

    A final rule on entry-level training standards published in December 2016 by the feds doesn't include a minimal amount of hours of behind-the-wheel education.


  • 07/12/2018 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Public Comments can be submitted via the regulations.gov portal site at this hyperlink , before 11:59 p.m. on July 16.

    The Business at Transportation Coalition registered the petition. It had been printed by FMCSA June 5, initially offering a 30-day comment period, during July 5. But, FMCSA extended the comment period to July 16, as a result of technical problems with the remark portal during the initial comment period.

    Carriers have until Monday, July 16, to record public comments in an application registered using the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration site asking that the bureau exempt carriers together with 50 workers or fewer.

  • 07/11/2018 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DALLAS, July 11, 2018 – Intelligence Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS Canada) recently recognized the Alberta Partners in Compliance (PIC) with a national award for its use of smart transponders to expand weigh station bypass opportunities for the Alberta trucking industry.

     

    ITS Canada presented Alberta PIC with its top award for projects at three levels, including the larger metropolitan/provincial/federal level, at its annual conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in mid-June. Alberta PIC earned the top award at the larger metropolitan/provincial/federal level.

     

    “This award honors the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch (CVEB), Alberta Transportation, and the Alberta Motor Transport Association for their forethought in adopting a smart transponder-based system, which allows them to sustainably grow the Alberta PIC program bypass,” said Janneke van der Zee, general manager of ITS Canada. “It’s clear from the results that provincial officials made a good decision in choosing this technology for providing weigh station bypasses. It fulfills ITS Canada’s objective in achieving the highest and best possible use of the latest technology to improve efficiency of the Canadian highway transportation system and the safety of the motoring public.”

     

    Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze, said as a result of adding Drivewyze, the number of sites offering weigh station bypass in Alberta has nearly tripled from 23 to 56. In the month of May alone, nearly 56,000 participating PIC member trucks received weigh station bypasses from Drivewyze in Alberta. Based on his company’s own studies of average weigh station pull ins, Heath estimates that those bypasses returned 1,134 hours of driving time to the drivers of participating Alberta fleets and saved their companies more than $126,000 in avoided fuel and operational costs.

     

    “Our technology can stand on its own or as an addition to the existing technology commercial vehicle enforcement agencies use in offering weigh station bypass,” Heath said. “By utilizing the cellular network and the GPS-based geo-fencing capabilities Drivewyze offers, the Alberta PIC program not only delivers more bypass opportunities at more locations for members, but also opens the door to other future freight mobility and safety initiatives.

     

    “We’re working on providing Alberta PIC members access to driver safety notifications and to electronic inspections in the near future,” Heath added.

     

    Alberta PIC Director Andrew Barnes said members are excited to hear drivers may soon receive safety notifications alerting them to upcoming hazards such as curves in the road where high incidences of rollovers have occurred in the past. And electronic inspections will be a great opportunity for members to improve their safety scores without having to instruct drivers to pull into the weigh stations and ask for them, Barnes said.

     

    “I think this award confirms and reinforces the belief we held 18 months ago that partnering with Drivewyze would provide our members a great opportunity to leverage the work they do in meeting the program requirements,” he added. The Alberta PIC program is operated by the Alberta Motor Transport Association under a partnership agreement with Alberta Transportation and the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General CVEB. To achieve PIC membership, carriers must undergo a successful national safety code audit, achieve certification, and complete quarterly safety reports.

     

    “With all of the additional technology truck fleets have had to install with recent changes in HOS compliance, it’s good to see how Drivewyze can help PIC members and their drivers further leverage that technology as they work to maintain Alberta’s highest roadway safety ranking,” Barnes said.

     

    While Drivewyze helps safe motor carriers save time and money, Jacquie Daumont, acting chief of the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch, said it also helps her enforcement officers be more efficient. This greater efficiency allows them to focus their attention on those carriers needing it, Daumont said.

     

    “The addition of Drivewyze will help our commercial vehicle inspection officers automate the processing of PIC members, so they can conduct inspections while still lowering the volume of trucks entering and exiting weigh stations,” she added. “As a result, they’ll be better able to deal with ever-increasing truck traffic in the province.”

     


  • 07/11/2018 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21, 2018. Traffic safety personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers as we work toward zero deaths on our roadways.

    Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.

    Examples of dangerous driver behaviors that enforcement personnel will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, etc.

    CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.

    Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations, and aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around CMVs – through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.

    To find out about Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement events going on in your area, contact the agency/department responsible for overseeing CMV safety within your jurisdiction.


  • 07/11/2018 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Volvo Trucks North America is expanding its focus on training skilled professional vehicle service technicians through expansion of the Diesel Advanced Technology Education (DATE) program. Beginning in early 2019, Volvo will partner with three colleges in Florida, Ohio and Texas.

     

    The DATE for Volvo Trucks curriculum will be taught by dedicated Volvo-certified instructors at Jones Technical Institute in Jacksonville, Florida; the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio; and  Western Technical College in El Paso, Texas. DATE program graduates will receive an associate’s degree in diesel mechanics and a certification from the DATE program. They will be prepared for immediate employment at any of more than 400 Volvo dealerships across Volvo’s North American dealer network. 

     

    The 500-hour DATE program will train students to work on Volvo trucks, including electrical and electronic systems, software and engine diagnosis and repair, chassis components, and Volvo powertrains.


     

    “The DATE program provides students with the education and skills needed to excel in a career that’s increasingly in demand,” said Matt Flynn, director of Volvo Trucks Academy. “Graduates of the program will be ready for a technician career in our dealer network, equipped with hands-on maintenance and repair training to service the advanced modern truck technologies delivering unprecedented efficiency, performance and safety benefits.”

     

    The American Trucking Associations’ American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) reported in October 2017 that the trucking industry will require an estimated 67,000 new technicians and 75,000 new diesel engine specialists by 2022.


  • 07/09/2018 10:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Companies like Fitzgerald Glider Kits lobbied for this particular loophole, which allows them to ignore the 300-truck cap at least until the very end of 2019. President Donald Trump met with the CEO of the company if he was campaigning in 2016, and after that after taking office,

    All these"glider trucks" use recycled engines constructed before new technologies reduced the discharge of harmful particulates that pollute the atmosphere. These trucks emit as much as 55 times the Number of pollutants as trucks using modern engines,


    Former EPA secretary Scott Pruitt dealt a final blow to clean air initiatives prior to resigning Friday, implementing a loophole that will permit the creation of tens of thousands of diesel freight trucks with large emissions. The decision effectively undoes that an Obama government move that intended to cap generation of those trucks at 300 per year, beginning this year.


  • 07/09/2018 10:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 07/03/2018 9:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Truckers have to be on constant lookout for new rules which may affect them since they drive from one location to another. fresh-off legislative activity across the nation, July is among the primary weeks to get new legislation to take effect. Following are a few noteworthy legislation.

    South Dakota
    Starting the first of the month, CDL applicants are allowed three attempts to pass the CDL examination. The new law requires the three attempts to be taken within six months.

    Another new law permits truck drivers to provide an electronic copy of their operator’s license upon request by law enforcement.

    Mississippi
    The state already requires vehicles driving slower than the normal speed of traffic to stay in the right lane of multi lane highways. Vehicles are allowed to merge left to overtake and pass slower moving traffic.

    As of July 1, a new law permits police to ticket travelers lingering in the far left lanes of multi lane highways. The change expands the state’s rule to require travelers to stay to the right except when overtaking or passing another vehicle. Also, drivers would be exempt if they are in the left lane to turn or exit. Violators could face fines between $5 and $50.

    West Virginia
    A new law in West Virginia requires the state’s Division of Highways to study the feasibility of implementing a comprehensive sponsorship program for rest areas, welcome centers and roads. If a program is deemed feasible, the agency would begin implementation.

    Idaho
    One new law in Idaho is intended to keep vehicles out of the far-left lane for “an unreasonable amount of time.”

    State law already prohibits impeding the “normal and reasonable movement of traffic” with slow driving. Effective July 1, the new rule covers impeding “the flow of other traffic traveling at a lawful rate of speed.” Essentially, slow drivers in the far-left lane are forbidden to impede other drivers traveling the speed limit. Violators could face $90 citations.

    A separate new law permits drivers who strike wildlife to humanely kill the animal at the roadside if the injury is fatal. Law enforcement no longer must be on the scene to take action.

    Indiana

    As of July 1, truck platoons are also exempted from the state’s 300-foot following distance rule for large vehicles.

    In addition, fire departments throughout the state are allowed to test vehicular carbon monoxide levels upon request of the vehicle owner or assigned driver.




  • 07/03/2018 9:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The California Secretary of State has declared the group got the required 585,000 valid signatures to qualify the repeal question for its November 2018 statewide ballot.

    Some Republicans say that the tax and fee increases place a lot of strain on middle and lower class residents. They include that past fuel tax earnings have gone for other applications -- a trend they anticipate to continue.

    As of Nov. 1, 2017, the new law raised the diesel tax by 20 cents and raised the gasoline tax by 12 cents. Other vehicle fees in the deal moved upwards Jan. 1, for example an increase from 4 percent to 5.75% in sales tax applied to diesel purchases.

    Senate Bill 1 passed the Democrat-led statehouse with no vote to spare.

    Voters in California this fall will probably get the final word on whether they wish to maintain auto tax and fee increases imposed annually.

    The further taxes and fees don't end there. Another 7.5-cent gas tax increase is scheduled to occur in July 2019.

    Since last fall, a Republican-led group worked to obtain signatures as part of a ballot initiative to repeal the fee and tax increases.

    All fee and tax prices will also be indexed to inflation to allow for gains in future decades.

    The Democratic Party has stated the tax and fee increases are necessary to address a $130 billion backlog in deferred in road maintenance. He's defiant about the repeal effort.


  • 07/02/2018 7:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Connecticut’s diesel tax rate is headed up. The state’s 41.7-cent rate has increased by 2.2 cents to 43.9 cents per gallon.

    Maryland’s fuel tax rates will be raised by 1.5 cents due to a five-year-old inflation indexing law. The gas tax will be set at 35.3 cents while the diesel rate will become 36.05 cents.

    Vermont motorists also are paying more in gas taxes. The state’s tax rate is up 0.42 cents to 31.14 cents because of a rule linking the tax to the price of gas and an increase in gas prices.

    The state’s 32-cent diesel rate is unchanged.

    Tennessee state’s 25.4-cent gas rate and 22.4-cent diesel rate are being raised for the second time in as many years. The gas tax is up 1 cent from a year ago to 26.4 cents per gallon and the diesel tax is up three cents to 25.4 cents.


    Oklahoma state’s 17-cents-per-gallon gas tax and the 14-cent diesel rate have remained unchanged since 1987.

    South Carolina is increasing the state’s 18.75-cent diesel and gas rates by 2 cents. The change to 20.75 cents follows a 2017 state law to impose increases of 2 cents annually through 2022. At that time, the tax rate will top out at 28.75 cents.

    The state Department of Transportation expects to collect about $230 million in the upcoming year. When fully implemented, the tax is estimated to raise more than $600 million annually.

    Indiana’s fuel tax rates also are on the rise. A 2017 state law increased the gas and diesel rates by 10 cents to 28 cents. Tax rates were also indexed on an annual basis through 2024. Annual adjustments are capped at one penny.


    Iowa state's 32.5-cent diesel rate will remain the same for the fifth straight year. The gas tax, however, is headed up by 0.2 cents to 30.7 cents.

    The rates are based on a fuel distribution percentage formula.

    Nebraska is cutting its 28.4-cent gas rate and 27.8-cent diesel rate by 0.4 cents per gallon each. The changes to 28 cents and 27.4 cents are due to a law linking the state rates to the price of fuel.

    The state tax is made up of three components: the variable tax, fixed tax and wholesale tax. The variable and wholesale rates are adjusted twice annually. A separate petroleum release remedial action fee is not included in the state tax rates.

    The fractional dip in the state’s tax rates is a result of continued low fuel prices and a six-month adjustment in the wholesale tax rate.

    This week’s change follows an increase of 1.5 cents on Jan. 1. An additional increase of 1.5 cents is set for next January. At that time, the third of three annual increases will take effect.



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