Posted by: Dee | September 20, 2018

Ch-ch-ch-changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering changing the hours of service regulations and wants your input on these four aspects:

  • the short-haul HOS limit
  • the HOS exception for adverse driving conditions
  • the 30-minute rest break provision
  • and the sleeper berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth.

You can get involved in several ways:

A listening session will be in Reno, Nevada on September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. It will be held at:
National Automobile Museum
10 South Lake Street
Reno, NV 89501


The four specific areas under consideration for revision and two petitions include:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.
  • Petitions received from the Owner Operators and Independent Drivers Association and TruckerNation.

Please follow this link to RSVP for this event, and find further information.

(The Reno, Nevada listening session will be webcast for the benefit of those not able to attend in person, but still want to participate. This session will allow interested persons to present comments, views, and relevant research on topics mentioned above. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the rulemaking docket for the FMCSA’s consideration.

For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Bill Cunnane at william.cunnane@dot.gov or 202-366-0055.)

FMCSA has also extended the comment period for its August 23, 2018, ANPRM concerning hours of service for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)  from September 24, 2018, to October 10, 2018. The comment period for the ANPRM published August 23, 2018 at 83 FR 42631 is extended. Comments on the ANPRM must be received on or before October 10, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Docket Number FMCSA-
2018-0248 using any one of the following methods:

  • Federal Rulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Submissions Containing Confidential Business Information (CBI): Mr. Brian Dahlin, Chief, Regulatory Evaluation Division, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590.

To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods.
See the “Public Participation and Request for Comments” heading under
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions regarding
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tom Yager, Chief, Driver and
Carrier Operations Division, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, at (202) 366-4325, or via email at mcpsd@dot.gov.

If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.

Posted by: Dee | December 15, 2016

Vote for “Detour” and you could be the winner

Have you enjoyed meeting Archie Harlanson, trucking’s newest hero, in Detour, A Big Rig Thriller?
This novel tells the tale of a truck driver who starts out planning to meet his girlfriend’s parents and stumbles upon a plot to harm the president of the United States. Those in the trucking industry will appreciate seeing a CMV driver portrayed in a positive light. Readers will get an idea of what a working truck driver’s job and life are like.

Detour has received five star reviews and has been voted one of ten thrillers for 50 Best Indie Books of 2016. Your vote will name it Number One. Plus, just for voting, you become eligible to win an amazon gift card. So please cast your vote for Detour by Devorah Fox in the Mystery/Thriller genre. Voting ends Friday, December 16, 2016. Just click on this link: http://www.readfree.ly/vote-50-best-indie-books-2016-mysterythriller

Posted by: Dee | October 26, 2016

And now for something completely new and different

Detour, A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah Fox

Something brand new from Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc.: a novel!

Since 1988, we have helped to launch hundreds of thousands of truck driving careers.

First there was Bumper to Bumper, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations, then and now the premier truck-driving textbook.

Bumper to Bumper, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations

We translated Bumper to Bumper into Spanish and released a guide for diesel mechanics students working on tractor-trailers.

Our Instructor Guides assist trainers in their job of teaching new drivers, and El Glosario, the Bumper to Bumper® Spanish/English Glossary of Trucking Terms lists alphabetically hundreds of terms used in the trucking industry, along with their Spanish translation and definition.

For those preparing on their own to take the CDL tests we wrote CDL Truck Driver’s Testa self-guided study book, for Barron’s Education Series, Inc. and created the Easy CDL smartphone-friendly CDL-prep apps.

Our latest production, Easy CDL, is an online training and tracking system that meets all proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandatory training standards. This innovative technology allows students and teaching staff to access training anywhere, anytime. Train and track progress all from your computer anywhere, anytime.

Now there’s Detour, A Big Rig Thriller, a novel about a truck driver who starts out planning to meet his girlfriend’s parents and stumbles upon a plot to harm the president of the United States. Those in the trucking industry will appreciate seeing a CMV driver portrayed in a positive light. Readers will get an idea of what a working truck driver’s job and life are like.

Detour has already received a five star review. It will be available in print and Kindle editions on Nov. 4 but you can claim your Kindle copy now at a special price of 99¢. Then the book will be in your Kindle the minute it launches. Be the first to meet America’s newest hero, truck driver Archie Harlanson.

Posted by: Dee | September 7, 2016

Speed limiter proposed

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are proposing regulations that would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device initially set to a speed no greater than a speed to be specified in a final rule and would require motor carriers operating such vehicles in interstate commerce to maintain functional speed limiting devices set to a speed no greater than a speed to be specified in the final rule for the service life of the vehicle.

Specifically, NHTSA is proposing to establish a new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) requiring that each new multipurpose passenger vehicle, truck, bus and school bus with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) be equipped with a speed limiting device.

The proposed FMVSS would also require each vehicle, as manufactured and sold, to have its device set to a speed not greater than a specified speed and to be equipped with means of reading the vehicle’s current speed setting and the two previous speed settings (including the time and date the settings were changed) through its On-Board Diagnostic connection.

FMCSA is proposing a complementary Federal motor carrier safety regulation (FMCSR) requiring each commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a GVWR of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) to be equipped with a speed limiting device meeting the requirements of the proposed FMVSS applicable to the vehicle at the time of manufacture, including the requirement that the device be set to a speed not greater than a specified speed. Motor carriers operating such vehicles in interstate commerce would be required to maintain the speed limiting devices for the service life of the vehicle. Based on the agencies’ review of the available data, limiting the speed of these heavy vehicles would reduce the severity of crashes involving these vehicles and reduce the resulting fatalities and injuries. We expect that, as a result of this joint rulemaking, virtually all of these vehicles would be limited to that speed.

You’re invited to comment. Submit your comments early enough to ensure that the docket receives them not later than November 7, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by one or both of the docket numbers in the heading of this document, by any of the following
methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.

Refer to Docket FR Doc. 2016-20934.

Posted by: Dee | August 30, 2016

Federal regulatory developments

A federal regulatory proposal and an amendment could effect you.

As required by section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposes a pilot program to allow a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce if they have received specified heavy-vehicle driver training while in military service and are sponsored by a participating motor carrier.

During the 3-year pilot program, the safety records of these younger drivers (the study group) would be compared to the records of a control group of comparable size, comprised of drivers who are 21 years of age or older and who have comparable training and experience in driving vehicles requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The control group would consist of volunteer drivers who meet specified criteria and are employed by a participating carrier. The comparison of the two groups’ performance would help to determine whether age is a critical safety factor. FMCSA also proposes criteria for a working group to consult with the Agency in conducting, monitoring, and evaluating the pilot program. Further, the Agency outlines procedural steps and a data collection plan, and requests comments on these elements.

You’re invited to comment on this proposal. Comments must be received on or before September 21, 2016. You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket ID FMCSA-2016-0069 using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Fax: 1-202-493-2251

Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this notice. Reference Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0069 in your comments.

In other news, the FMCSA amends its pre-trip safety guidance recommending that the motorcoach industry encourage passengers to use lap/shoulder seat belts. This amended guidance is provided in response to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Final Rule published on November 25, 2013 [78 FR 70416] titled, “Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Occupant Crash Protection.”

For further information about this, contact Mr. Gregory Nahmens, Commercial
Passenger Carrier Safety Division (MC-ECP), greg.nahmens@dot.gov, 202-
366-5054. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., E.T., Monday
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Posted by: Dee | July 22, 2016

Inspect that vehicle

You know you should inspect your vehicle before, during, and after a trip, and to conduct annual inspections. Not only is this required by law, it’s important for your safety and the safety of those with whom you share the road.

Note that today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration amended some previously-published guidance regarding the periodic inspection of commercial motor
vehicles (CMVs). Elsewhere in today’s issue of the Federal Register,
FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to,
among other things, eliminate the option for a motor carrier to satisfy
the periodic (annual) inspection requirement through a violation-free
roadside inspection. As a result of this amendment to the FMCSRs,
certain regulatory guidance is amended to ensure consistency between
the FMCSRs and the published guidance. For more information about this visit the FMCSA Web site and refer to Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0176

Wear Bars Signifying Major Tread Groove

Wear Bars Signifying Major Tread Groove

And while we’re on the subject of vehicle inspection, the FMCSA has amended the FMCSR with regard to what is a “major tread groove” in a tire. You’ll find a definition and an illustration.

In addition, several other changes were made. The final rule:

  • revises the rear license plate lamp requirement
  • eliminates the requirement for an operable rear license plate lamp on vehicles when there is no rear license plate present
  • amends the regulations regarding tires to prohibit the operation of a vehicle with speed-restricted tires at speeds that exceed the rated limit of the tire
  • provides specific requirements regarding when violations or defects noted on an inspection report must be corrected
  • amends two appendixes to the FMCSRs to include provisions for the inspection of antilock braking systems (ABS) and automatic brake adjusters, speed-restricted tires, and motorcoach passenger seat mounting anchorages

For details about these changes, visit the FMCSA Web site and refer to Docket 
No. FMCSA-2015-0176.

Posted by: Dee | July 6, 2016

Buckle up for safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a correction to an error in its June 7, 2016, final rule “Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat Belts.” The amendatory language in the final rule inadvertently limited the applicability of the requirement for drivers to use their seat belts to operators of property-carrying vehicles. Today’s correction fixes the error such that drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles will continue to be required to wear their seat belts. The correction is effective August 8, 2016. For more information, visit the FMCSA Web site and refer to
Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0396.

Be safe out there. Whether you haul people or property, buckle up.

Posted by: Dee | June 23, 2015

New!

We are proud to announce (drum roll, please) that Bumper to Bumper, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations, is now available on Kindle.

The Bumper to Bumper Kindle edition is a “print replica” so it looks just like the book you’re familiar with, including all the illustrations, charts and test questions. It was an immediate hit on release and ranks #1 in the Kindle store in its category.

Not only that, you can download free apps from Kindle so you can read the  Bumper to Bumper Kindle edition on all these devices:

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Kindle Fire(1st Generation)
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Free Kindle Reading Apps

Kindle for Android Phones
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Kindle for iPhone
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Just download the free app from the Kindle store to read the Bumper to Bumper Kindle edition on phones, tablets and computers. You’ll find a link to those reading apps on the amazon.com page where the print and Kindle editions are sold. Just click on this link.

Schools can distribute the Bumper to Bumper Kindle edition to their students. Just purchase a license for the number of copies you want, then share them wirelessly using Whispercast.

Posted by: Dee | June 2, 2015

ELDTAC Achieves Consensus – CVTA

At last, and now we can move forward. ELDTAC Achieves Consensus – CVTA.

FMCSA set to increase fines for some safety reg violations | Overdrive – Owner Operators Trucking Magazine.

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