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'Old Spice' Star Joins Fight Against Human Trafficking
An in-depth look at the growth of human trafficking and what truckers can do to help thwart it.
Trivia question: what’s the second most lucrative crime business in the world?
According to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development study, the answer is human trafficking – a form of modern-day slavery that results in people being bought, sold and moved around. Worldwide, this is a $32 billion industry with an estimated 27 million people enslaved, more than at any other time in history. The recruited or harbored victims are transported and trapped in lives of misery - often beaten, starved, and obtained for forced labor or sexual exploitation.
So, what does that have to do with the American trucker? Plenty.
It’s been almost 150 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery in the United States, and I’m sure he would be dismayed to know human trafficking is alive and well in America. Beyond the international statistics, this type of slavery has been reported in all 50 states and in 91 cities. While the U.S. State Department estimates that 14,500-17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into our country each year, they approximate the number of trafficked individuals within our borders to be a staggering 200,000-300,000 per year. Second only to drug trafficking, this human rights issue doesn’t get near the attention – publically, at least.
It’s been more than a quarter of a century since President Ronald Reagan declared America’s “War on Drugs”. The effort was spearheaded by a catchy “Just Say No” slogan, and drug trafficking was even glamorized into pop culture via these lyrics from the song, The Smuggler’s Blues:
See it in the headlines,
You hear it ev’ry day.
They say they’re gonna stop it,
But it doesn’t go away.
They move it through Miami, sell it in L.A.,
They hide it up in Telluride,
I mean it’s here to stay.
It’s propping up the governments in Colombia and Peru,
You ask any D.E.A. man,
He’ll say There’s nothin’ we can do,
From the office of the President,
Right down to me and you, me and you.
It’s a losing proposition,
But one you can’t refuse.
It’s the politics of contraband,
It’s the smuggler’s blues,
Some would argue that when Glenn Frey penned this song back in the mid-80s, that he would prove perceptive regarding the challenges (and possible futility) of the War on Drugs. Fast forward 15 years, and our nation’s leaders were calling for a “war on terrorism” in response to the 9/11 attacks on American soil. The trucking industry was proactive with anti-terrorism, with thousands of truck drivers joining Highway Watch, an American Trucking Associations (ATA) initiative that trained drivers to notice and report emergency or suspicious situations on the road. However, that program had some problems... (Click here to continue to read in RPM for Truckers.)
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Here at Mike Byrnes & Assoc., Inc., we've been writing short "how to" pieces for publication on various Web sites. They're falling into two categories, Driving Skills and How to Get a CDL. Our latest "skill" how-to is "How to Back Up a Trailer Safely." We've also written "How to Hook Up Tractor-Trailer Doubles," "How to Climb into a Truck Cab," .. . "How to Test Trailer Air Brakes for Leaks," "How to Adjust Fifth Wheel Trailer Height" and "How to Hook Up a Tractor Protection Valve."
The "How to Get a CDL" stories are "How to Get a Commercial Driver's License in Mississippi" and "How to Get a CDL in Nebraska."
Check 'em out. Just click on the links to view the stories. You can easily email them, share them and even print them out using the buttons at the top right of the Web pages.
If you've got an iPhone, iTouch or iPad, check out our BUMPER TO BUMPER ® Easy CDL, an app for the iPhone. It's a great supplement to a formal training program. Students at even the best truck driving schools might appreciate a little extra review and opportunities to practice with the sample test questions so we've attached a poster about it. Download the poster and hang it in the classroom to let your students know about this resource. It's also a great tool for CDL holders who want to add Endorsements to their license. Look for BUMPER TO BUMPER ® Easy CDL in the iTunes store or go to Study By App on the Internet. We'd love to hear your reactions and, like others who have downloaded the app, you can also leave your comments right on the iTunes Easy CDL page.
The app was so well received (one reviewer called it "awesome") that we were asked to do another. We're hearing that applicants for the Haz Mat Endorsement are especially nervous about that written test. So our latest production is Easy CDL Hazardous Materials Endorsement with nine review units, a glossary and over 200 questions with which to practice. We're targeting a June 2011 launch.
Week of April 11, 2011
Foley Services Your Single Source for DOT Compliance
After answering several hours-of-service questions at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), we decided to offer our new hours-of-service online training program for free. Here’s how you, your drivers and your colleagues can take advantage of this offer.
Our recent trip to the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) wasn’t all schmoozing and fun. Foley’s Compliance Specialists fielded countless questions on a variety of DOT compliance issues. Hands down, two of the most frequent topics were FMCSA’s Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) system (See FF #680) and the agency’s re-write of the hours-of-service regulations.
All of the hours-of-service-related questions during MATS got us thinking. We discussed what we could do to make sure carriers and drivers understand FMCSA’s hours-of-service proposal so that they can be involved in the rulemaking process and be ready for the changes when they do go into effect. As a result of that discussion, we have decided to make our new online training program -- Hours-of-Service 2011: The New Proposed Rules -- available for free.
Free Hours-of-Service 2011 Training
To access the free training, visit the Foley online store at http://www.foleyservices.com/products.htm. Hours-of-Service 2011 is listed as the first product in the Best Sellers category. In order to view the training, you will need to add the item to the shopping cart and follow the instructions to complete the transaction. There is absolutely no charge for viewing this training, and you will not be required to enter credit card information.
This free offer is available to all motor carriers and drivers so please feel free to pass this information on to all of your company drivers and colleagues.
What Does the Training Cover?
Hours-of-Service 2011 explains the proposed changes to 49 CFR Part 395 currently being considered by FMCSA. It includes a detailed overview of the hours-of-service proposal as well as a comparison to the existing regulations. The training takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and includes an:
- Overview of the current hours-of-service rules
- Overview of the proposed rules
- Explanation of how a proposed rule becomes a final rule
Review of HOS Proposal
The comment period on FMCSA’s Hours-of-Service Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) closed on March 4, 2011, but there will be more opportunities for interested parties to participate in the process. Here are a few highlights of the proposal, which drew tens of thousands of comments.
- FMCSA proposed to retain the 34-hour restart provision that allows drivers to restart the clock on their weekly 60 or 70 hours by taking at least 34 hours off-duty. The hitch: The restart period must include two consecutive off-duty periods from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Also, drivers would be allowed only one restart per seven-day period.
- The proposal called for a 14-hour workday that includes at least a one-hour break. As a result, drivers will have a maximum of 13 hours to complete all on-duty work-related activities.
- The agency said it was leaning towards adopting a 10-hour limit on daily driving time, but solicited comments on whether drivers should be limited to 10 or 11 hours.
- The proposal also includes the option of extending a driver’s daily shift to 16 hours twice a week to accommodate loading and unloading issues.
For a copy of the full proposal, which originally hit the Federal Register on December 29, 2010, send an email request to
The Fast-Fax team is following the hours-of-service rulemaking process closely, and we will keep our readers informed of any new developments. In the meantime, if you have any questions about hours-of-service or any other area of DOT compliance, please call a Foley Compliance Specialist at 1-800-253-5506, ext. 708.
Transportation Ticker - Mexico Truck Proposal Open for Comment
The comment period is officially open on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Mexico truck proposal - formally known as the “Pilot Program on NAFTA Long-Haul Trucking Provisions.” The proposal, which was first released at the end of last week, hit today’s Federal Register. All comments are due by May 13, 2011.
The stated purpose of the pilot program is to test and demonstrate the ability of Mexico-based carriers to operate safely in the United States. As proposed, the program would allow Mexico-based carriers to operate throughout the United States for up to three years. In addition, carriers based in the United States would be permitted to operate in Mexico for the same three-year period. Currently, most Mexico-based carriers are only permitted to operate within commercial border zones that extend up to 25 miles into the United States.
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CRST Expedited, invites driving academy students to consider a career with the Nation's #1 Team Carrier. This video presents a brief history of CRST, the application process for academy graduates the many advatages of team driving and what to expect when you join CRST and get your career underway.
Truckers Against Trafficking Launch Human Trafficking DVD Training
A first-of-its-kind training DVD on human trafficking and the critical role members of the trucking/travel plaza industry can have in fighting it is now available, free of charge.
“Because human trafficking becomes a costly, dangerous and relevant safety issue when it intersects with truckers and travel plaza employees, we hope trucking companies, travel plazas, truck-driving schools, state associations and national trucking associations will consider making this DVD a part of their orientation and training for all employees,” said Kendis Paris, a national coordinator for Truckers Against Trafficking. “Traffickers are continually moving their victims along our nations’ highways and roads. Truckers, travel plaza employees and the entire trucking industry can become heroes in the fight against human trafficking as they are educated on the issue and then take action to fight it.”
Click here to view or download its presentation slide (PowerPoint).
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