Roadcheck 2015 is Drawing Near
the upcoming RoadCheck 2015 occurring June 2nd - 4th, what training
can I provide my drivers to prevent brake adjustment violations?
automatic slack adjusters on almost all commercial motor vehicles
today, a portion of these violations can be attributed to the
technical working of the automatic slack adjuster. Professional
drivers will maintain a
space cushion between them and the vehicles in front of them. When
applying the brakes they will usually apply the brakes with 15% to
25% air application. Only in a defensive action will a driver apply
the brakes with greater than 60% air application. These braking
incidents are referred to as "Panic Stops" or "Rapid
De-acceleration Occurrences". Analysis reflects that most professional
drivers will require less than six of this type of brake
application per 1,000 miles driven. Most International trucks are
equipped with a "Stroke Sensitive" automatic adjuster.
This type of slack adjuster adjusts the brakes on the return
stroke. This adjustment occurs only when the application is greater
than 60%. The better the driver the less opportunity there is for
automatic brake adjustment. To ensure that the brakes are always in
adjustment, we recommend the following:
your pre-trip inspection, complete 10 full brake applications
while the unit is parked. A slack adjuster will adjust
approximately ½ inch with every 10 full brake applications. By
including this procedure as part of your pre-trip inspection,
it will ensure that your brakes are always in adjustment. In
the event of a roadside inspection, repeat this process prior
to the inspection process. This will ensure that the automatic
slack adjuster have the adjusted the brakes to compliance.
the Pre-Trip inspection, a driver is required by DOT to check
the low air pressure-warning device.
This should be audible at
60 psi. To check this device the air pressure must be lowered to 60
psi. If while accomplishing this portion of the inspection, a
driver would fully apply and release, the air pressure should drop
approximately 4 psi with each application.
Squeaking Brakes - Another
condition attributed to "feathering or low psi" brake
applications is noisy brakes when stopping. Many times this is
created by crystallized lining, which occurs when the brakes are
repeatedly applied with low psi applications. This can be minimized
with four or five firm brake applications or rapid deacceleration
stops. If your brakes are noisy, try bringing the vehicle to a stop
with four or five firm brake applications each week. Always check
to see that there are no vehicles following you when you perform
For a complete set of
Pre-trip and Post-trip instructions, refer to the cover of the IL
-700 booklet in each Idealease vehicle. Safe driving includes a
good pre-trip inspection before beginning each day's work. Make
sure your brakes are always in top operating condition and inspect
them often. Any defects or deficiencies to the brake
system should be
documented on the IL-700 DVIR and be reported to your superior or
maintenance provider. The unit cannot be placed back into service
until the defect or deficiency has been corrected or found to be
unnecessary. The technician is then required to certify in writing
on all copies of the IL -700 form that the repair or deficiency has
CVSA Releases Revised Medical-Card Enforcement Bulletin
The Commercial Vehicle
Safety Alliance (CVSA) has issued revised guidance concerning the
enforcement of medical-card requirements on drivers who hold a
commercial driver's license (CDL).
The guidance says that if
a driver's CDL is valid but his or her electronic driving record
does not contain medical information, the inspector should accept a
paper medical certificate if it was issued within the past 60 days.
Previously the CVSA's limit was 30 days.
If the certificate was
issued 61 or more days ago, the driver can be cited for failing to
provide the medical certificate to the state licensing agency, a
violation of 49 CFR 383.71(h).
The new guidance affects
enforcement only; the federal safety regulations themselves have
not changed. The rules say CDL drivers only have to carry their
medical cards for up to 15 days.
The revised guidance
should help drivers licensed in states that fail to meet the 10-day
deadline to update the driving records of CDL drivers who have
provided their medical cards to the state licensing agency.
The guidance appears in the CVSA's inspection bulletin
titled Enforcement of Medical Examiner's Certificate Integration
with the Commercial Driver's License, which was revised on April
16, 2015. The bulletin guides law enforcement on how to enforce the
rules regarding the use of medical cards as proof of medical
When a driver's electronic
driving record shows that his or her CDL or learner's permit is not
valid (canceled, suspended, revoked, etc.), the driver should be
placed out of service (OOS) even if within the 60-day period, the
Drivers with a valid CDL but not carrying a valid
medical card will be cited for violating 391.41(a)(1) if their electronic
driving record shows no medical information on file with the state
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DOT Inspector General to Review FMSCA Practices for
At the request of Sen.
Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Department of Transportation Office of the
Inspector General has begun an audit of how the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration identifies and reviews high-risk
motor carriers for enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
According to the DOT
Inspector General, in 2014, a motor carrier known to FMCSA as
high-risk was involved in a fatal crash in Illinois. Despite the
carrier's risk status, FMSCA did not conduct an investigation. Following
this crash, Senator Durbin requested that the Inspector General
audit FMCSA's investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.
The 2015 DOT appropriations legislation also directed the IG Office
to review FMCSA's compliance review process.
The audit objective is to assess FMCSA's processes
for ensuring that reviews of motor carriers flagged for
investigation are timely and adequate.
Register Now for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety
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:
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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.