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Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - New National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner Regualtion starts next Thursday



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New National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner Regulation starts next Thursday!



Attention Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers and Carriers:

Did you know an important law affecting you goes into effect May 21, 2014?

To keep America's interstate CMV drivers healthy and our roads safer, all interstate CMV drivers will soon be required to have their medical examinations performed by a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

If you're an interstate CMV driver, you already need a valid medical certificate signed by a medical examiner. The only change is that after May 21, 2014, you'll need to go to a certified medical examiner for your medical certificate. If you've already had an exam and have a current certificate that certificate will be valid until its regular expiration date.  

You can find certified medical examiners in your area-or anywhere in the country-easily by following

1.       Visit the National Registry Web site and search by Zip Code, State, or examiner name.

2.       Choose a certified medical examiner from the list and call to make an appointment.

3.       If your preferred health care professional isn't on the list, simply refer him or her to the Certified Medical Examiners page to learn more about getting certified.

Please spread the word and encourage your fellow CMV drivers to find a Certified Medical Examiner by May 21st. They can find more information in the Fact Sheet for Drivers or by going to the National Registry Web site, so pass it along!

Thank you for keeping America moving and for your commitment to safer roadways.



Roadcheck America is coming June 3-5, 2014....

Driving the Point Home!


Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being 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 at 1,500 locations across North America perform the truck and bus inspections. CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico). Roadcheck is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.


Since its inception in 1988, the roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1 Million, resulting in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided. It has also provided for the distribution of countless pieces of educational literature and safety events to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.


Question of the Week:


My driver has gone through a roadside inspection, how long do I have to keep this documentation on file?


Answer: Copies of all roadside inspections are to be kept by the motor carrier for 12 months. The driver is required to turn in the inspection to the motor carrier within 24 hours. If they are not going to return to the terminal they are to mail in the inspection. If the inspection resulted in violations they are to be corrected or repaired and the inspection form is to be signed and certified that the repairs were completed and sent back to the state of inspection within 15 days.


Best Practice Guidelines for Roadside Inspections:


Train drivers how to complete good quality pre-trip inspection to reduce possibility of violations.


Reviews CSA monthly at and enter your DOT number or name. Review the vehicle and driver basics with the associated inspections and cross reference the inspections you have on file with the inspections turned in by your drivers. Question drivers who did not submit inspection reports. Also review the History tab directly below the crash basic to determine if the number of inspections you are having is on the rise or decline.


Review vehicle inspections and violations with your maintenance provider to reduce violations.


Maintain copies, along with any repair orders attached if there were violations, in tractor and trailer file.


Use the roadside inspection information, such as date, time and locations to cross reference with the drivers hours of service documentation for falsification violations.


Train drivers how to successfully pass a roadside inspections and how to conduct themselves.


Keep your vehicles clean and well maintained as not to be targeted for inspection.


Advise drivers that moving violations will generate inspections.

Consider providing an incentive to drivers who successfully pass an inspection.




May 16, 2014



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Did You Know?


Level One CVSA roadside inspections without violations can by regulation be substituted for the DOT annual





June is National Safety Month



The 2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction - a key pillar in the Journey to Safety Excellence. A successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and removing or controlling them before harm is done. Use this June to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk in your workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent tragedy tomorrow.







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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