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Buckle Up Phones Down

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Third Annual Buckle Up Phones Down Challenge

The third annual Buckle Up Phone Down Day is Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019!

We encourage you to join the movement and encourage your family, friends and coworkers to accept the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge! 


The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Turn it off if you have to. Every trip, every time!

Chain Up

Truck tire chains

Time To Chain Up

Most U.S. States have laws regarding the usage of tire chains or snow tires. Those legal guidelines dictate when you may, must or should be implementing the use of chains. In addition to regulations on when chains are not allowed. Some states will post signage or claim a "snow emergency' to indicate to motorist they need to chain up, other states simply imply that chains may be used if conditions warrant. Check out the State-by-State chain laws set forth in the US, click on the state link for additional information.

On the Rise

Halloween Shipping

Halloween Spending on the rise in 2019

This year consumers are expected to spend $8.8 billion on Halloween-related purchases, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, 172 million people plan to celebrate Halloween this year. The top items consumers plan to purchase include candy (95%), decorations (72%) and costumes (67%)

ATA

American trucking association

Trucking and the Legalization of Marijuana

 “An employee in certain states can use marijuana on the weekend and come to work and take a random drug test and lose his employment and a way to make a living,” Harold Sumerford, CEO of J&M Tank Lines and co-chair of the controlled substance and driver health and wellness working group told attendees at an Oct. 7 session during ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition. “Whether that’s right or wrong in people’s minds, it’s got to be addressed because the problem is coming our way.”

Informational Links

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IN THE NEWS

Electronic Logging Devices

ELD deadline timeline

The new implemented  ELD Rules apply motor carriers and drivers who are required to maintain records of  duty status (RODS). This rule applies to commercial trucks as well as buses. Unless they qualify for one of the exceptions to the ELD rule. 

Women In Trucking

Women in trucking

2019 marks just the 2nd year the WIT has compiled the “Top Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation” list. The list is made up of motor carriers, third party logistics companies, and equipment manufacturers.

NTSB says "no evidence"

NTSB HOS Regulations

“Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that the modifications to the HOS regulations discussed in the ANPRM will improve safety. Before proposing any changes to the HOS regulations, the FMCSA should determine how such changes would affect the amount of sleep obtained by CMV drivers, how they might affect circadian cycles, and, ultimately, how they would affect the safety of those drivers and the motoring public.”

Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

FMCSA Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse will be a secure online database that will allow FMCSA, CMV employers, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and law enforcement officials to identify – in real-time – CDL drivers who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements, and thereby improve safety on our nation’s roads. 

CPH says scales are required

California Highway Patrol

"We are getting lots of questions about the legality of bypassing the scales because traffic is backed up onto the freeway. We do our best to monitor traffic and shut down the scales when traffic is backed up, However there is NO provision in the CA vehicle code that allows the driver to make the decision to bypass the scales because of traffic. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE SCALES regardless of traffic conditions. I know many of you strongly disagree with this. If you bypass the scales you could be cited for 2813 VC which is a misdemeanor".

News update on e I-81 rest area closure

PENNDOT

October 16 2019, both N-Bound and S-Bound e I-81 rest areas, near mile marker 79  will be closed down do to construction.  Tentatively scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2021, so unfortunately drivers who frequent the I-81 corridor will have to put up with an 18 month closure.