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 Truck Driver Appreciation
Week September 15-21st!

Next month we will recognize those drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles for the hard work they perform in a challenging environment.  There are over 3.5 million professional truck drivers nationwide - delivering the goods U.S. consumers need every day of the year. Logging over 432 billion miles per year, trucks delivered over 11 billion tons of freight in 2012, or 70 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage. Professional truck drivers are more essential to the national economy than ever before, and they're delivering their loads safely and professionally. 

Driver Recognition Awards

 

Now is the time to review the driver recognition awards program that you have in place and recognize your drivers who operated safely in 2012-2013. It is important that we recognize those drivers who have performed in a safe and compliant manner. 

 

Recognition awards are best used for safe driving. A recognition award should be an award that the driver or employee cannot get anywhere else. It is best if these awards are personalized. Benefits of a recognition award are that they are non-monetary and will have a longer lasting effect. A driver should not be able to go and buy this award on their own. The only way to receive the award and recognition is to meet the requirements for receiving the award. These awards can be further enhanced by presenting award group presentations with peers (i.e. meetings, banquets, etc.).

 

As a motor carrier, there are a number of state and nationwide association award programs that you can enroll your drivers in. I would recommend that you contact your state trucking association for a listing of the awards programs that are available. There are a variety of awards programs available for your drivers through organizations such as the American Trucking Association (http://www.truckline.com/) and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). 

 

The NPTC has the Driver Hall of Fame and National Driver All-Stars driver's awards programs that are available to NPTC members. Go to: http://www.nptc.org/ to enroll your driver.

 



DID YOU KNOW? 

 

You can download a sample CDL test from the state of California at:  

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/interactive/tdrive/exam.htm

 

You can register with the State of Louisina and have them send you an electronic report via e-mail when your commercial motor vehicle, with a US DOT number, undergoes a roadside inspection in the state of Louisiana.  You do not need to be a Louisiana based carrier to receive the reports.

http://www.lsp.org/pdf/mcsignup.doc 

Is the Medical Examiner you use to qualify your drivers certified with the FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners?

 

Effective on May 21st, 2014 drivers can only be physically qualified by a medical examiner who is registered and certified.  Drivers who have had a physical examination prior to May 21st 2014 do not need to be re-qualified until medical certificate expiration. 

How do I know if the medical examiner I am using is registered?

Go to: http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/  and this website will tell you if they are registered.

What does a medical examiner have to complete to be registered and certified?

Under the new rule, all medical examiners who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers meet the following criteria:

  • complete certain training concerning FMCSA's physical qualification standards;
  • pass a test to verify an understanding of those standards; and,
  • maintain and demonstrate competence through periodic training and testing

The FMCSA has also published a list of FAQs regarding the NRCME requirements.

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What do the FMCSA regulations say about my driver who has a current medical certificate, but has developed a medical condition that would make the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) questionable and possibly unsafe?

 

FMCSA regulations prohibit a driver from beginning or continuing to drive if their ability and/or alertness is impaired by: fatigue, illness, or any cause that makes it unsafe to begin (continue) to drive a commercial vehicle.

 

Even if a driver currently has a valid medical certificate, the driver is prohibited from driving a CMV with any medical condition that would be disqualifying or may interfere with the safe operation of a CMV. Once a disqualifying medical condition is resolved, and before resuming operation of CMV, a driver i

s responsible for obtaining re-certification from a Medical Examiner. 

FMCSA CFR 391.45

 

 


August 23rd, 2013

Driver Incentive Awards:

 

Incentive monetary awards are best used to motivate a driver to perform.  These types of incentive programs are successful in motivating the driver to achieve a specific goal such a certain fuel mileage or a clean roadside inspection. 









What do the FMCSA regulations say about my driver who has a current medical certificate but has developed a medical condition that would make the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) questionable and possibly unsafe?

 

FMCSA regulations prohibit a driver from beginning or continuing to drive if their ability and/or alertness is impaired by: fatigue, illness, or any cause that makes it unsafe to begin (continue) to drive a commercial vehicle.

 

Even if a driver currently has a valid medical certificate, the driver is prohibited from driving a CMV with any medical condition that would be disqualifying or may interfere with the safe operation of a CMV. Once a disqualifying medical condition is resolved, and before resuming operation of CMV, a driver is responsible for obtaining re-certification from a Medical Examiner. FMCSA CFR 391.45

 
















National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:  

Sept. 15-21, 2013

 

Make plans now to recognize your drivers!

 

CVSA Brake Safety Week:

Sept. 8-14, 2013










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