News

Print

ATA recently launched www.SafeDriverHours.com

on .

From:  Dave Osiecki,  Sr VP of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, American Truckig Assoications

HOS Coalition Members:

I’m pleased to inform you that ATA recently launched www.SafeDriverHours.com – a new website designed to serve two purposes.

First, the new site is intended to educate the press and the public on the remarkable highway safety performance of the trucking industry over the last seven years—the same period trucking has operated under the revised HOS rules. The site includes safety facts and statistics, much of it in easy to read charts and graphs, showing the industry’s dramatic safety improvement since 2004 when the revised HOS rules first became effective.

The second purpose of the site is to provide easy-to-use tools and resources for the trucking and transportation industries (i.e., drivers, carriers, shippers, etc.) to help the industry actively engage in the upcoming HOS rulemaking process. In the face of trucking’s remarkable safety progress since 2004, the Obama Administration will be proposing politically-motivated changes to the HOS rules that will in some way reduce driver and industry productivity. Details of the Obama Administration’s proposed changes will be uploaded on www.SafeDriverHours.com shortly after they become available – which should be in the next few weeks. The Obama Administration proposal might be made public just in time for the holiday – this Administration’s attempt to put some coal in the industry’s stockings.

I encourage you to check out www.SafeDriverHours.com, and bookmark it for future use. ATA will be leading the industry’s campaign to retain the current and safe HOS rules, and this new website will be one of ATA’s primary tools to support the campaign.  Stay tuned!

Dave O.

Dave Osiecki
ATA Sr VP of Policy & Regulatory Affairs


Print

FMCSA Aims to Publish Revised HOS Rule, EOBR Mandate Before Jan. 1, Ferro Says

on .

TRANSPORT TOPICS - December 6, 2010
By Sean McNally
Senior Reporter

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now aims to publish its revisions to the hours-of-service rule and a proposed expansion of its electronic data recorder requirement by the end of the year, the agency’s head said last week.

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said the HOS rule, which was expected to be published near the end of October but remains under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, is one of several agenda items the agency plans to complete before the end of 2010... Continue to read more... (subscription may required at TTnews.com)

Print

Group Encourages Women Truck Drivers

on .

River Falls Journal

Wisconsin News - A Wisconsin group is trying to get more women to pursue trucking as a career.

A Wisconsin group is trying to get more women to pursue trucking as a career. Ellen Voie of the Women in Trucking Association says females make up less than 5% of what she calls a very male-dominated environment on the road.

She says men also dominate other parts of the industry, including leadership and office roles. Voie’s group is based in Plover.

It works with manufacturers on ways that trucks could better accommodate women. And the group works with travel centers to understand the needs of female truck drivers.

Voie said the industry is becoming more female friendly, but it’s got a long way... Continue to read more on River Falls Journal...

Print

U.S. Xpress Enterprises Expands Footprint into Northeast with Opening of Shippensburg, PA Terminal

on .

10/30/2010

Up to 100 jobs to be created between maintenance and office personnel.

CHATTANOOGA, TN. – October 28, 2010 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, a leading provider of transportation services throughout North America, has opened its newest full-service terminal facility at 1069 Seibert Avenue in Shippensburg, PA.

The property is situated on over 50 acres and spans nearly 70,000 square feet. Features of the full-service facility include: drivers’ lounge with shower facilities and Internet access, convenience store, fuel islands, maintenance shop, ample parking for trailers and driver vehicles, administrative office space, orientation/training rooms, and 37,600 sq. ft. of warehouse space.

“Expanding into the Northeast with a major hub is a strategic move that we have been looking forward to taking for some time now as our customer base and volumes have grown in the region,” states Max Fuller, Co-Chairman and CEO. “Having a greater presence in this region enables us to continue to enhance our commitment to providing superior customer service.”

The new location for U.S. Xpress brings several jobs to the area, including 50 immediate full-time employees and up to 50 additional positions in the near future for maintenance and office personnel.

“We think Shippensburg is a great area, and the terminal location is perfectly positioned to fit our growth strategies within this region,” states Patrick Quinn, Co-Chairman and President. “One benefit of growth is creating employment opportunities within communities where we have a local presence. Participating in our local communities is a core value to U.S. Xpress, and we are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with everyone in the Shippensburg area.”

U.S. Xpress purchased the facility, which is located conveniently off Interstate 81, from Cressler Trucking, Inc. A complete energy-efficient lighting upgrade has been made throughout the facility, with plans for more sustainable initiatives, like materials recycling, in the near future.

U.S. Xpress recently launched a new website to better serve its customers, drivers and employees. For those looking for employment with U.S. Xpress, they may visit the site to sign up for job alerts. Please visit www.usxpress.com for more details. Current job listings can be found within the Careers section of the company’s new corporate website.

About U.S. Xpress Enterprises:

Founded in 1985, U.S. Xpress Enterprises is the nation’s third largest privately-owned truckload carrier, providing a wide variety of transportation solutions throughout North America. We are committed to being at the forefront of safety compliance, using comprehensive training for our staff and drivers and ensuring our trucks feature the latest safety innovations. With a dedication to minimizing our impact on the environment, U.S. Xpress is a SmartWay Transport Partner and was honored with a 2009 SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award. U.S. Xpress Enterprises’ affiliates include Arnold Transportation Services, Smith Transport, Total Transportation of Mississippi, and Xpress Internacional. For more information, please visit www.usxpress.com.


Print

Team Driving is the Fastest Way to Excellent Earnings For Recent Truck Driving School Graduates.

on .

Team Driving is the Fastest Way to Excellent Earnings For Recent Truck Driving School Graduates.

Ask your truck driving students if they’d like to double their income potential, and you can guess the answer.  But, if you asked them how to do it, they probably wouldn’t realize how easy it can be.

A quick look at industry-wide salaries indicates that simply teaming up with another driver could fill their wallets about twice as fast!  On average, new solo drivers make $30,000 - $35,000 per year.  But, that figure jumps to up to $58,000 for HAZMAT endorsed team drivers at U.S. Xpress. Plus, U.S. Xpress is also currently offering HME team drivers a $2,500 bonus each, which brings that total over $60,000 each!  When you add in benefits, such as U.S. Xpress’ low-cost insurance plus a 401k program, entry level drivers quickly begin to realize just how much team driving pays off.

Industry experts point out that one of the best places to find a teammate is in driving school.

Russ Moore, Vice-President of Recruiting at U.S. Xpress says, “We encourage students to team up while in school , because it positions them to earn more almost immediately after they graduate.  Plus, it lets them choose a partner that they’ve already spent time with, so they know they’ll enjoy traveling together.”

If a new driver feels more comfortable sharing a cab with a more experienced teammate, U.S. Xpress will make the process easy by providing a unique driver matching program.

Mr. Moore says, “We ask a lot of questions to get a feel for who they are, what they like, and what they don’t like.  It goes a lot deeper than simply not matching up smokers and non-smokers.  We want to create teams that enjoy driving a lot of miles together and, hopefully, will stay together for a lot of years.”

Another benefit of team driving is the comfort and security of having a driver companion to help with unforeseen situations that you may be confronted with.

Jackie Riddly, a U.S. Xpress team driver agrees.  “At U.S. Xpress, I have a side-tracker camera to cover my blind spot and truck-specific GPS directions, so I already feel confident.  But when you add a partner to help keep an eye on things, I don’t think I could feel more safe.”

So if students are eager to make more money, feel more confident, and even have more fun on the road, they should consider team driving.
Print

The Terrorism Threat to America Is Real - First Observer CVTA

on .

Why is it important for CVTA member schools to train their students to become a First Observer™'?  The terrorism threat to America is real. Here is an example of terrorist activity over the last 45 days:


September 24, 2010 - Lebanese man in Chicago man was arrested and charged with an unusual terrorism plot; Sami Samir Hassoun was recorded by the FBI discussing plans to; poison Lake Michigan, bomb the Sears Tower building, and assassinate Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.


September 28, 2010 - US and European officials detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States similar to what happened in Mumbai India in 2008.

Print

Instructor Certification Program Back Online! - Sept. 16, 2010

on .

It's a GREAT day in the CVTA!

We are pleased to announce that the CVTA Instructor Certification Program has been successfully updated, and is now available on the web. The changes that were made should greatly improve the ease with which instructors can access the testing site, and the accuracy of our record keeping.

USING THE NEW ICP WEBSITE
  • User Name: first and last name without anything between them, i.e. JohnDoe, JaneDoe, etc.
  • Password: 123456 -- We strongly suggest you change this password after you log in.
  • My Profile: The button shows at the top-right corner after you log-in. Please provide with your information. This is where you change your password. We will also ask your email during the user information change. Other fields are optional.

HOW TO TAKE THE TEST

  • Log-in.
  • Click "My Learning Path" to see "My Courses."
  • Click the course you want to take.
  • Click Grade Exam when you are done. Exit Exam will cancel your exam.

All of your previously taken tests have been moved from the old system to the new system.

  • Click My Transcript to see the test you have taken previously.
Print

Our Fingers Have Been Flying!

on .

Here at Mike Byrnes & Assoc., Inc., we've been pounding the keyboard these last few months.

We just finished writing an app for the iPhone. "CDL Review" recaps all the topics that applicants must study to pass the Commercial Driver's License Test and offers over 400 practice multiple-choice test questions. The answers to the test questions are included in the app as are explanations as to why those answers are correct.

The app is currently going through a review and approval process and will then be available in the iPhone App store. We're anticipating a December launch.

We are also now writing short "how to" and "about" pieces for publication on various Web sites. Our first piece, "How to Climb into a Truck Cab" was just posted on www.ehow.com and you can follow this link to check it out: http://www.ehow.com/how_7451115_climb-truck-cab.html ... We'll be doing more stories like this in the future.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the above, don't hesitate to call us at 361-749-4007 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Check our Web site www.bumper2bumpertruckbook.com, or our blog at www.cdlbookblog.com. Just go to the Free Stuff page and click on the orange-and-white RSS Feed logo to subscribe. You can leave comments or suggestions there, too. And, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/redwritertx for updates.

 
Print

FMCSA Publishes Driver’s Q&A About CSA2010

on .

DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
Week of November 1, 2010
Foley Services Your Single Source for DOT Compliance

This special issue of Fast-Fax reprints in full the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s official response to questions that have been posed by drivers about CSA2010.

What is the DSMS?
The Safety Measurement System (SMS) assesses a carrier’s safety performance based on its roadside violations and crashes. The DSMS is a tool within the SMS used by enforcement staff only. Its primary purpose is to help enforcement staff assess driver safety as part of motor carrier investigations. The DSMS does this by identifying which of a motor carrier’s drivers to examine during that carrier’s compliance review. This enforcement tool uses a subset of violations to evaluate an individual driver’s safety performance across employers. Appendix A in the SMS Methodology Report shows the violations used in the DSMS.

Who Can See the DSMS?
Only enforcement staff will have access to the DSMS for use during motor carrier safety investigations. Neither drivers nor employing motor carriers will have access to the DSMS. While some third-party vendors are developing and marketing CSA2010 driver scorecards, these companies do not have access to full driver violation histories in FMCSA databases. FMCSA has not and will not validate any vendors’ scorecards or data.

What is the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) and How Does it Impact CSA2010?
PSP is a new, voluntary FMCSA program mandated by Congress that is designed to assist the motor carrier industry in assessing individual drivers’ safety performance as part of the hiring process. PSP is a completely separate program from CSA2010. Additionally, PSP does not provide a rating, score or formal assessment of any kind. Drivers are encouraged to obtain and review their PSP report before applying for new jobs, and request a review of any potentially inaccurate data through FMCSA’s DataQs program. While the PSP is not part of CSA2010, the safety data accessible through PSP is the same data that the DSMS and enforcement staff use during motor carrier investigations.

Will FMCSA Use CSA2010 to Remove CMV Drivers From Their Jobs?
No. CSA2010 does not give FMCSA new authority to remove drivers from their jobs and cannot be used to publicly rate or assess drivers’ safety performance in the way carriers are rated or assessed today.Other important facts related to driver employment are outlined below.

  • Carriers will not inherit any of a newly hired driver’s past violations. Only those inspections and crashes that a driver is involved in while operating under a carrier’s authority can be applied to a carrier’s SMS.
  • Similar to today’s SafeStat, tickets or warnings that drivers receive while operating their personal vehicles do not count in the new SMS.
  • Neither FMCSA nor CSA2010 restricts drivers based on BMI, weight or neck size.
  • Drivers should ask current and potential motor carrier employers about their safety performance as measured under CSA2010. Drivers and carriers with strong safety performance histories stand to benefit from the new compliance and enforcement program.


Can FMCSA use CSA2010 to Revoke a Driver’s CDL?
No. CSA2010 does not give FMCSA the authority to revoke a CDL. Only state agencies responsible for issuing CDLs have the authority to suspend or revoke them.

  • The CDL Program is completely separate from CSA2010. FMCSA has developed and issued standards for the testing and licensing of CDL holders. These standards require states to issue CDLs only after the driver has passed knowledge and skills tests related to the type of vehicle the driver expects to operate.
  • The data kept by a state (i.e. tickets, citations, written warnings, convictions) and the data that are kept by the Federal government and used in the DSMS (i.e. violations from roadside inspections and crash reports) are separate. Drivers may review the data kept by the Federal Government through the PSP program referenced above and may request a review of the Federal data through FMCSA’s DataQs system.


How Does CSA2010 Affect a Motor Carriers’ Employment of CMV Drivers?
Under CSA2010, FMCSA continues to hold motor carriers responsible for the safety performance of the drivers they employ. This is a long-standing FMCSA position and is not unique to CSA2010. All inspections and crashes that a driver receives while under the authority of a carrier will remain part of the carrier’s SMS data for two years unless overturned through the DataQs system, even if the carrier terminates the driver.

Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • www.FoleyServices.com • Vol. 110, No. 661 • © Foley Services, Inc. 2010