Operation Safe Driver Week is October 19-25,
week of October 19-25, 2014, law enforcement agencies across North
America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement
education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors
by both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers
and car drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week.
year, nearly 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 others are injured
in large truck and bus crashes on our roadways. Many of those
accidents are the direct result of the drivers-both truck and bus
drivers, as well as the car drivers operating unsafely around them.
CVSA's Operation Safe Driver program was created to help to combat
the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks,
buses and cars.
Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across the
United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of increasing
commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement;
safety belt enforcement; driver roadside inspections; and driver
addition to enforcement, education is an important component of
Operation Safe Driver Week. Law enforcement and transportation
safety officials will offer educational and awareness safety
programs to the motor carrier population and the motoring public.
Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by the
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and with
support from industry and a number of other transportation safety
Question of the Week?
How do DOT drug and alcohol tests relate to non-DOT
Answer: Title 40.13
(a) DOT tests
must be completely separate from non-DOT tests in all respects.
(b) DOT tests
must take priority and must be conducted and completed before a
non-DOT test is begun. For example, you must discard any excess
urine left over from a DOT test and collect a separate void for the
subsequent non-DOT test.
(c) Except as
provided in paragraph (d) of this section, you must not perform any
tests on DOT urine or breath specimens other than those
specifically authorized by this part or DOT agency regulations. For
example, you may not test a DOT urine specimen for additional
drugs, and a laboratory is prohibited from making a DOT urine
specimen available for a DNA test or other types of specimen
(d) The single
exception to paragraph (c) of this section is when a DOT drug test
collection is conducted as part of a physical examination required
by DOT agency regulations. It is permissible to conduct required
medical tests related to this physical examination (e.g., for
glucose) on any urine remaining in the collection container after
the drug test urine specimens have been sealed into the specimen
(e) No one is
permitted to change or disregard the results of DOT tests based on
the results of non-DOT tests. For example, as an employer you must
not disregard a verified positive DOT drug test result because the
employee presents a negative test result from a blood or urine
specimen collected by the employee's physician or a DNA test result
purporting to question the identity of the DOT specimen.
(f) As an employer, you must not use the CCF or the ATF
in your non-DOT drug and alcohol testing programs. This prohibition
includes the use of the DOT forms with references to DOT programs
and agencies crossed out. You also must always use the CCF and ATF
for all your DOT-mandated drug and alcohol tests.
House Bill Introduced to Remove CSA Scores From
Lou Barletta (R-PA), a member of the Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, has
introduced a bill that would bar the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration from making motor carrier's safety scores and
rankings publicly available under the CSA program until the agency
submits a report to Congress on its efforts to improve the CSA
5532, the Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2014, would ensure that
covered motor carrier data is not made available to the
public. In addition, such data could not be admitted into
evidence or otherwise used in any lawsuit or other civil action for
damages resulting from an incident involving a motor carrier.
"Covered motor carrier data" is defined to mean data
generated with respect to a motor carrier under CSA, including any
ranking, rating, score, or other measurement.
bill also requires the FMCSA to submit a study to Congress within
one year on recommendations to improve CSA, including how the
- utilizes and generates only
safety data and scores, including Safety Measurement System
scores, determined to be predictive of motor carrier
- appropriately addresses concerns
relating to the age of utilized safety data, including
- does not unfairly harm small
motor carriers as a result of limited safety data
- appropriately addresses differences
between motor carriers transporting passengers and motor
carriers transporting freight;
- generates safety data that allows
individual motor carriers, including safety scores assigned to
individual motor carriers, to be effectively compared; and,
- utilizes accurate safety data,
- by appropriately
addressing variations between State- and self-reported data;
- by accounting for
geographic disparities with respect to enforcement; and,
- by utilizing only
crash data from crashes with respect to which a motor carrier
was at fault.
recently joined some 20 trade associations in a letter to DOT
Secretary Anthony Foxx asking to remove the CSA scores from public
view, as the data is not sufficiently comprehensive or reliable,
but is being used by shippers, insurers and the courts in a manner
not intended by the FMCSA. The industry has to date received
no response from DOT.
Although H.R. 5532 is not likely to be enacted in this
Congress, it sends a message to the FMCSA that Congress is
concerned about the adequacy of the CSA scores. The FMCSA
intends to use the CSA scores as the basis for a new rulemaking on
motor carrier safety fitness determinations; a proposed rule is
expected sometime next year.
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Oct. 5-11, 2014
Fire Prevention Week is coming and it is a good time to review with
your drivers how to prevent fires and how to react to a fire that
occurs in their commercial motor vehicle.
Fire extinguisher inspection is a vital part of a driver's daily
vehicle inspection process. It amazes me how many times I will be
looking at a truck and find the fire extinguisher has lost it
pressure due to a leak or was used and returned to the truck
without being recharged. The actions of a driver at the time of a
fire are crucial in saving lives and controlling the amount of
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