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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

Did you know your brain can miss seeing up to 50% of your driving environment when you talk on a cell phone? And, that according to research, drivers talking on cell phones had slower reaction times than drivers with a .08 blood alcohol content. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and is the perfect time for motor carriers to reinforce to their drivers the dangers of distracted driving and the rules and regulations being enforced by the FMCSA.


According to these regulations, Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers are prohibited from texting or using hand-held mobile phones while operating their vehicles. Violations can result in fines and/or disqualifications and will impact a motor carrier's and/or driver's Safety Management System (SMS) results. Texting means manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device. The rules also restrict a CMV driver from reaching for or holding a mobile phone to conduct a voice communication, as well as dialing by pressing more than a single button. CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only operate a hands-free phone located in close proximity. In short, the rule prohibits unsafely reaching for a device, holding a mobile phone, or pressing multiple buttons.


The rules impose sanctions for driver offenses, including civil penalties up to $2,750 and disqualification for multiple offenses. Motor carriers are also prohibited from requiring or allowing their drivers to text or use a hand-held mobile phone while driving and may be subject to civil penalties up to $11,000. Violations will impact SMS results.


This month reinforce to CMV drivers the dangers of distracted driving. The National Safety Council offers tips for all drivers on staying safe all month:


It's very easy to comply with the rules:



Banning Distracted Driving: An Employer's Guide to Protect Employees and Liability

  • Implement a clear policy indicating that the employer does not require employees to answer calls while they are on the road. This includes the employer placing calls to employees while they are driving.
  • Encourage your employees to plan their trips to include stops so they can safely return calls and emails.
  • Establish company policy that makes it unnecessary for employees to text while driving to fulfill their job duties.
  • Eliminate any incentives that may encourage employees to text/talk while operating a vehicle.
  • Communicate your state's regulations and associated fines to employees.
  • Encourage employees to sign an anti-distracted driving pledge.
  • Designate company vehicles as "distraction-free zones."



FMCSA Commences Annual Motor Carriers' Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey


The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in accordance with 49 CFR § 382.403, has commenced notifying selected truck and bus companies to submit their annual DOT drug and alcohol testing program results to FMCSA. 


The notification is being sent to randomly selected motor carriers via electronic mail. Those selected are responsible for ensuring the completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of their data submission. Instructions on how to respond and qualifying exemptions are included in the notification. 


The selected motor carriers must submit their calendar year 2014 results by May 15, 2015.



ATA continues to question use of all DOT crashes in CSA SMS


The American Trucking Associations (ATA) filed comments with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on March 25, 2015, asking the agency to make changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) Methodology. Specifically, ATA urges the agency to remove accidents in which motor carriers and their drivers did not have cause. 


Currently, the SMS uses all "accidents" meeting the definition in 49 CFR 390.5. These crashes are the same safety events that would appear on a motor carrier's accident register in accordance with §390.15. The definition in §390.5 does not take into consideration fault or preventability. This is left to an investigator in the event the motor carrier is selected for an audit of its records.


FMCSA removes crashes that are not caused by the driver and motor carrier from consideration as it assigns safety ratings to motor carriers following a compliance review. A similar process is not reflected in the current CSA Crash Indicator BASIC scores and the information publicly available in the CSA SMS website.


According to the filing, "ATA identified the inclusion of all crashes, regardless of responsibility, as a serious shortcoming of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability system over five years ago." ATA also states, "It is illogical, and a poor use of scarce enforcement resources, to label carriers as unsafe based on crashes they did not cause."


"Merely being struck by another motorist does not make one more likely to strike others," ATA contends, adding that the goal of the enforcement program should be "to identify the predictive value of crashes in the same way the agency does with violations. Crashes that a commercial motor vehicle driver did not cause are not indicative of the motor carrier's propensity to cause a future crash.".



International Roadcheck 2015 will take place on June 2-4, 2015



Roadcheck, now in its 28th year, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in every jurisdiction across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.


International Roadcheck Checklist for Drivers



April 3, 2015



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QCMobile App


QCMobile is a new smartphone app that will allow for more convenient access to currently available online safety performance information for interstate truck and bus companies.  


The app is expected to be a particularly valuable tool for state and federal law enforcement personnel, as well as insurers, brokers, freight-forwarders, and others interested in reviewing the USDOT registra

tion and safety performance information of motor carriers. The app, which requires no log-in, immediately reveals whether the federal operating status of the carrier is authorized while helping to expedite an "inspect/pass" decision by a certified commercial vehicle safety inspector.


The QCMobile app is available for free on both Android and iOS devices. Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play to download QCMobile.



Register Now for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars!



Idealease, its members and the National Private Truck Council NPTC will again be hosting safety seminars in 2015. The one day seminars this year will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA.  The seminars and will be provided to all Idealease customers, potential customers and NPTC members at no charge.  The seminar provides important information applicable for both the novice and experienced transportation professionals.


To register for an upcoming seminar in 2015 CLICK HERE.



2015 Idealease Safety Seminar Schedule:


April 7

Cincinnati, OH

April 8

Columbus, OH

April 9

Elkhart, IN

April 14

Linden, NJ

April 14

Phoenix, AZ

April 15

San Leandro, CA

April 16

Lodi, CA

April 21

Santa Fe Springs, CA

April 21

Harrisburg, PA

April 22

Ventura, CA

April 22

Landover, MD

April 23

Baltimore, MD

April 28

Oklahoma City, OK

April 30

Milwaukee, WI

May 5

Kelowna, BC

May 6

Lexington, KY

May 7

Denver, CO

May 12

Tampa, FL

May 12

Detroit, MI

May 14

Minneapolis, MN

May 20

Altoona, IA

June 25

Santa Rosa, CA

October 13

Toledo, OH

October 14

Grand Rapids, MI

October 20

Las Vegas, NV

October 22

San Martin, CA





The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.



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