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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Mike Byrnes & Assoc - News and Alerts: Spring 2011 News

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Like Us on Facebook
Mike Byrnes & Assoc., Inc. now has its own Facebook page. The observant among you may think that this is not news and that we've had a Facebook page for some time. And we did... undid some bumbler (i.e. the Boss) accidentally deleted it! But we've restored it and now we invite you to Like us on Facebook.

How to...
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.

Easy CDL
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.

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." ' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy24878 + '\'>'+addy_text24878+'<\/a>'; //--> . Check our Web site, or our blog at Just go to the Free Stuff page on our blog 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
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Free HOS Training Available at Foley Website

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DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax™
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 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
The free training is suitable for drivers, safety managers, and anyone else who is interested in motor carrier safety and operations.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What’s Next?

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.

Editor: Roxanne Swidrak, Vice President, Operations • 1-800-253-5506 • • Vol. 111, No. 682 • © Foley Carrier Services, LLC. 2011