FMCSA Tightens CDL Documentation, Testing Rules

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By CCJ Staff
Published May, 05 2011

Click here for the actual final rule.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday, May 5, issued its final rule amending the commercial driver’s license knowledge and skills testing standards and establishing new minimum federal standards for states to issue a commercial learner’s permit. FMCSA said the final rule will enhance safety by ensuring that only qualified drivers are allowed to operate CMVs.

“These new requirements we are announcing today will help ensure that carriers and drivers are in full compliance with federal safety regulations,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said at a press conference while standing beside motorcoach buses parked at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., to highlight how the rule also will improve passenger bus safety.

The final rule requires that a CLP holder meet virtually the same requirements as those for a CDL holder, meaning that a driver holding a CLP will be subject to the same driver disqualification penalties that apply to a CDL holder. The rule also specifically prohibits a motor carrier from using a driver who does not hold a current and appropriate CLP or CDL to operate a commercial motor vehicle and from using a driver to operate a vehicle in violation of the restrictions on the CLP or CDL.

“These measures will help us to better identify and swiftly weed out unsafe and irresponsible operators,” FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said at the press conference.

Scammer Alert! 5/4/2011

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From Todd Hyland
Placement Director
Smith and Solomon

I wanted to forward some information to you.  I took a call at our Cherry Hill, NJ school today from a Danny Ford who said he was with US Xpress.  He said he needed to fill 6 opening for US Xpress right away and just kept asking if I had anyone who I could forward to him.  He said his phone number was 702-384-9047

I didn't have a great feeling about this guy so I called US Xpress recruiting to verify whether or not he was their employee.  They stated they had no recruiter by that name.

I just received an email from our Bordentown, NJ campus and they stated that a Danny Ford called them only this time he was with Schneider.

This is obviously a scam.  Our Caller ID showed his number as Spring Valley Hospital.

Just wanted to get this info out to you.

Quick Guide To Foley’s New Phone System

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DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
Week of April 18, 2011
Foley Services Your Single Source for DOT Compliance

In order to better serve our clients, we have recently introduced a new phone system. This special edition of Fast-Fax is your handy guide to quickly getting the service that you need. Please note that our extensions have changed from a 3- to 4-digit format and that our old extensions will no longer work.


Our toll free number has not changed. However, upon dialing, you will be greeted with a new menu. You will hear the following options:

1 -- Spanish Language Assistance
For Spanish language assistance, please dial 1. Para assistencia en Español oprima el numbero 1(uno).

-- Emergency Testing Situations
For emergency testing situations including Post-Accident and Reasonable-Suspicion testing, please dial 2.

-- Sales
To speak with a Sales representative, please dial 3.

4-- Audit Support
If you are calling because you have received notice of a DOT audit or if you are currently undergoing a DOT audit, please dial 4.

-- Drug and Alcohol Testing
If you are calling about Drug and Alcohol Testing Services, please dial 5.

-- Driver and Carrier Compliance
If you are calling about Driver or Carrier Compliance Services, please dial 6.

-- Billing
If you are calling about a billing issue, please dial 7.

-- Collection Sites
If you are calling from a Collection Site, please dial 8.

-- Directory
To use the company directory to reach a specific individual, please dial #. Please note that our extensions have changed from a 3- to 4-digit format and that our old extensions will no longer work. Follow the directions to find your party.

Transportation Ticker

FMCSA Grants Two-Year Exemption from Certain Metal Coil Securement Rules. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently granted a two-year exemption from certain metal coil securement rules. As a result of the exemption, all carriers will now be able to use FMCSA’s pre-January 1, 2004 cargo securement procedures for transporting groups of metal coils with eyes crosswise. The limited exemption is effective from April 14, 2011 to April 14, 2013.

Ford F150 Recall. One of the workhorses of the agricultural, construction and light-truck fleets, the Ford F150, is subject to a recall. Ford announced the need to recall 1.2 million F150s because of issues with the airbags. This follows a much smaller recall for a similar issue issued in February.

Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • • Vol. 111, No. 683 • © Foley Carrier Services, LLC. 2011


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Published April, 21 2011

To commemorate Earth Day, Werner Enterprises will showcase its green initiatives on Friday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include an in-depth look at Werner Enterprises’ “green” truck and trailer, educational booths from the company and OPPD, and tips from horticulture, gardening and energy conservation experts. At 11:30 a.m., Derek Leathers chief operating officer of Werner Enterprises and president of Werner Global Logistics, and Steve Phillips, senior vice president of operations, will discuss the company’s sustainability initiatives.

In an effort to further reinforce Earth Day’s message, the company will raffle off trees and distribute seed packs to associates during the event. In addition, the new Werner-developed SmartWay-certified advanced trailer skirt (estimated fuel savings 5 percent) will be on display. The skirt is designed to minimize aerodynamic drag and maintain smoother air flow by reducing the wind under the trailer. The name of the trailer skirt, which will be listed on the SmartWay website for verified technologies, also will be unveiled during this time.

“Werner Enterprises recognizes the important environmental role that the transportation industry has in creating a cleaner, greener environment for the future, and we take this leadership role very seriously,” Phillips says. “As we showcase our new proprietary trailer skirt, as well as... Continue reading.

CVTA Member NTTS Turns 40

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April 21,  2011

With one "Old  TruckB" Model 1961 Mack tractor and a lot of determination, NTTS was founded 40 years ago by Harry Kowalchyk and William Mocarski.  National Tractor Trailer School's first students began training in May of 1971. Originally established in Newburgh, New York, NTTS opened a Syracuse campus in January of 1972. Syracuse proved to be more conducive to its mode of operation. Therefore in December of 1972, the schools merged into one campus located in Syracuse. In November of 1977, NTTS moved to its present location in Liverpool, New York and purchased the facility in May of 1981.

NTTS received its initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (formerly the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools), in October of 1984, and subsequently became an eligible institution for Title IV funding in March of 1985.

In May of 1989, the school established a branch location in Blasdell, New York. In May of 1990, the Blasdell facility was moved to its current location at 175 Katherine Street, Buffalo, New York.
In October 1990, the Buffalo location was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges as a branch location. Program offerings in Buffalo are essentially the same as Old  Trucks 2at the Liverpool facility. Receiving its Commercial Drivers Course certification in July of 1998 from the Professional Truck Driver Institute, NTTS became part of a unique group of Professional Driver Training Schools in the United States and Canada. In 2010, NTTS signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U.) with Fort Drum to offer training to active duty military personnel and other qualified individuals. This M.O.U allows participants to enhance their military and/or transition to civilian careers with a marketable skill that's in demand nationwide.

Highway Hostages

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By Brad Bentley

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,
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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