School is Out...Watch for Kids!
last week of school is an exciting time for children and they
may become preoccupied and forget the rules of the road. Use
extra caution when driving through school zones.
those last few days of school, be aware that kids may be
arriving or leaving school at different times throughout the
that playground speed limits remain in effect year round.
Observe carefully when driving around playgrounds and parks.
Small children are less predictable and harder to see than
for clues, a hockey net or ball in the road or on the sidewalk
can mean kids are playing nearby. Pay attention and always
anticipate the unexpected.
watch for small children as you're backing up. Walk around
your vehicle to make sure no kids or pets are behind it.
Time for Spring Cleaning
When is the last time you
looked inside the cab, body or trailer of the trucks that your
drivers are operating?
Over the years of
inspecting and looking inside of commercial motor vehicles for the
companies I have worked for I have seen the following items inside
trucks that present unique dangerous situations to the driver and
unnecessary liability exposure to the company:
Armadillos, dogs, cats,
snakes, a folding chair, television on the dash, milk crates,
garbage, windows tinted beyond federal regulations, stuffed animals
in the windshield, alcohol, drugs, firearms, radar detectors and
Some of these items are
strictly prohibited by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
and others are restricted by regulations. Regardless of the
regulations each of these items should be addressed by your company
safety policy and procedures manual to insure safe operations of
your commercial motor vehicles.
Please review the following Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Regulations with your drivers at it pertains to:
in the windshield, garbage and clutter inside the cab
Driving of motor vehicles.
Interference with driver.
No motor vehicle shall be driven when any object obscures his/her
view ahead, or to the right or left sides, or to the rear, or
interferes with the free movement of his/her arms or legs, or
prevents his/her free and ready access to the accessories required
for emergencies, or prevents the free and ready exit of any person
from the cab or driver's compartment.
obstructions to the driver's field of view-(1) Devices mounted at
the top of the windshield. Antennas, transponders, and similar
devices must not be mounted more than 152 mm (6 inches) below the
upper edge of the windshield. These devices must be located outside
the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver's
sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals.
Decals and stickers mounted on the windshield. Commercial Vehicle
Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection decals, and stickers and/or
decals required under Federal or State laws may be placed at the
bottom or sides of the windshield provided such decals or stickers
do not extend more than 115 mm (4½ inches) from the bottom of the
windshield and are located outside the area swept by the windshield
wipers, and outside the driver's sight lines to the road and
highway signs or signals.
House Passes Bill Affecting Enforcement of 34-hour
The U.S. House of
Representatives has passed a budget bill that would further delay
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) ability
to enforce its 34-hour restart provision.
Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Appropriations Act,
2016 (H.R. 2577), which passed the House on June 9, 2015, would
fund the FMCSA through September 30, 2016.
Section 132 of the bill
continues to prohibit the FMCSA from spending federal dollars to
enforce restrictions that were placed on when and how often
commercial truck drivers may restart their 60/70-hour work cycles.
Enforcement of the "1 a.m. to 5 a.m." and 168-hour
restrictions in sections 395.3(c) and (d) has already been
suspended since December due to an earlier budget bill that is due
to expire on September 30, 2015.
The new bill would keep
that suspension in place until the FMCSA is able to complete a
study showing that the restart restrictions lead to
"statistically significant improvement in all outcomes related
to safety, operator fatigue, driver health and longevity, and work
schedules, in comparison to commercial motor vehicle drivers who
operated under the restart provisions in effect on June 30,
Under current enforcement
practices, truck drivers may restart their weekly cycle by getting
any 34 consecutive hours of rest, at any time.
The new funding bill faces an uphill battle - it first must pass
the Senate and overcome a potential veto from the Obama
administration before becoming law.
Among other safety-related
provisions, the House bill would also:
the FMCSA from increasing insurance minimum for motor
investment into wireless roadside inspection technology, and
wider use of 33-foot double trailers.
FMCSA Adopts Procedures Enhancing Safeguards for
Voluntarily Submitted Confidential Business Information
WASHINNGTON -- The Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established
procedures to further protect from public disclosure certain
confidential commercial or financial information voluntarily
submitted to the agency.
published in the Federal Register on June 10, 2015, as a procedural
rule, does not make any substantive changes to the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and therefore was not subject
to notice and comment under the Administrative Procedure Act.
The rule does not change
the standard under which confidential business information is
protected from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) and it does not impose any additional regulatory
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Is it against the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to transport a passenger who is
not authorized by a motor carrier?
YES, 392.60 Unauthorized persons not to be
Unless specifically authorized in writing to do so
by the motor carrier under whose authority the commercial motor
vehicle is being operated, no driver shall transport any person or
permit any person to be transported on any commercial motor vehicle
other than a bus. When such authorization is issued, it shall state
the name of the person to be transported, the points where the
transportation is to begin and end, and the date upon which such
authority expires. No written authorization, however, shall be
necessary for the transportation of:
(1) Employees or other
persons assigned to a commercial motor vehicle by a motor carrier;
(2) Any person
transported when aid is being rendered in case of an accident or
(3) An attendant
delegated to care for livestock.
Does your company have a policy in place regarding
and Participate in National Safety Month
Everyone has something
they live to see or experience. No matter what your passion is, we
engage in safe behaviors so we can live for what matters to us.
This June, the National
Safety Council (NSC) is celebrating your passions with the theme of
"What I Live
For". By sharing your stories and
providing you with resources such as posters, tip sheets, safety
checklists and an infographic.
This year, the NSC will
be focusing on the important topics of prescription painkiller
abuse, transportation safety, ergonomics, emergency preparedness
and slips, trips and falls. Be on the lookout as we get closer to
June for materials you can use to engage your employees,
co-workers, family and friends in safety.
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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or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or
governing body, or industry standards.