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Sent:                               Friday, April 10, 2015 3:27 PM


Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Tire Safety and Fuel Savings



Idealease Safety Bulletin






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Tire Safety and Fuel Savings!!!

May 24-30 is National Tire Safety Week and now is a good time to review

with your drivers the benefits of conducting thorough tire inspections during daily pre- and post-trip inspections.  Even with fuel prices at five year lows the benefits of a good tire inspection not only pertains to safe vehicle operations but also means fuel savings to for each and every unit operated. Tires are designed to run at a given load and inflation pressure. Running 18 tires 30% under inflated will cost you 5% in actual vehicle fuel economy. 10% under inflation will be a ONE 1% penalty in fuel and 20% under inflation will be over 2% loss in fuel economy. 

Commercial motor vehicles that are used daily should have tire pressures

checked daily.  In addition the tires on the commercial vehicle should

be considered as an asset of the company that needs to be managed for optimal utilization and performance.  Depending on the size and configuration of the commercial vehicle it is common to have between $3,000 and $6,000 of tires invested in each vehicle.  During an inspection drivers should check air pressures with a calibrated Gauge.  The practice of striking a tire with an object is not recommended and is inaccurate in determining inflation pressure. If the tire is under inflated only bad things will result. Irregular wear will develop, fuel economy will get worse, retread ability will be reduced, and tires will not reach their target removal miles. Drivers need to look for any signs of irregular wear which is an early warning sign for under inflation and/or vehicle alignment issues. The tire tread should be wearing smoothly. If not, a technician is needed to check out the vehicle.  Drivers should rub their hand over the tire tread and sidewall looking for any signs of punctures or damage.  Drivers have an enormous impact on maximizing tire mileage.


Is there a way I can tell the age of a tire?


Each tire has a US DOT Identification number.  This number begins with the letters "DOT" and indicates that the tire meets all federal standards. The next two numbers or letters are the plant code where it was manufactured, and the last four numbers represent the week and year the tire was built. For example, the numbers 3197 means the 31st week of 1997. The other numbers are marketing codes used at the manufacturer's discretion. This information is used to contact consumers if a tire defect requires a recall.


When is a tire placed out of service?



FMCSA regulations appendix G addresses tire out of service conditions on each commercial motor vehicle as follows:


Any tire on any steering axle of a power unit.

  1. With less than 4/32-inch tread when measured at any point on a major tread groove.
  2. Has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall.
  3. Has any tread or sidewall separation.
  4. Has a cut where the ply or belt material is exposed.
  5. Labeled "Not for Highway Use" or displaying other marking which would exclude use on steering axle.
  6. A tube-type radial tire without radial tube stems markings. These markings include a red band around the tube stem, the word "radial" embossed in metal stems, or the word "radial" molded in rubber stems.
  7. Mixing bias and radial tires on the same axle.
  8. Tire flap protrudes through valve slot in rim and touches stem.
  9. Regrooved tire except motor vehicles used solely in urban or suburban service (see exception in §393.75(e)).
  10. Boot, blowout patch or other ply repair.
  11. Weight carried exceeds tire load limit. This includes overloaded tire resulting from low air pressure.
  12. Tire is flat or has noticeable (e.g., can be heard or felt) leak.
  13. Any bus equipped with recapped or retreaded tire(s).
  14. So mounted or inflated that it comes in contact with any part of the vehicle.

All tires other than those found on the steering axle of a power unit:

  1. Weight carried exceeds tire load limit. This includes overloaded tire resulting from low air pressure.
  2. Tire is flat or has noticeable (e.g., can be heard or felt) leak.
  3. Has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall.
  4. Has any tread or sidewall separation.
  5. Has a cut where ply or belt material is exposed.
  6. So mounted or inflated that it comes in contact with any part of the vehicle. (This includes a tire that contacts its mate.)
  7. Is marked "Not for highway use" or otherwise marked and having like meaning.
  8. With less than 2/32-inch tread when measured at any point on a major tread groove



CDL and Medical Examination Merger Information by State


Here is a link to a website that provides state by state DMV information on what an individual state requires, fax, email, etc. regarding the merger of the CDL and medical examination.  The website indicates what format they accept the medical certification information in as well as contact information including names, emails and phone numbers to contact the individual responsible in each state. 



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.



April 10, 2015



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FMCSA Increases Fine Amounts


Every few years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA) adjusts the civil penalty amounts assessed to those that violate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs).


The Agency recently amended the fine amounts in 49 CFR Parts 383, 385, 386, and 387 to account for inflation. Most of the civil penalties were last adjusted for inflation in 2007, and some have not been changed since 2003. Other changes to the civil penalties were mandated by Congress in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).


This most recent final rule ensures that FMCSA's civil penalties are consistent with the applicable statutes.


The revisions will be effective June 2, 2015. To view all the changes click here.



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.




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 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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