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Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Work Zone Awareness



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Work Zone Awareness 


I am sure many of you saw the news recently of a fatality accident in New Jersey involving a semi-tractor trailer and an entertainer's limousine in a WORK ZONE.  Last week here in Chicago a semi-tractor trailer was involved in a work zone accident that resulted in five fatalities.  Now is the time to reinforce to your drivers the dangers that exist around Work Zones!


10 Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones


  • EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! (Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.)
  • SLOW DOWN and TURN ON YOUR FOUR WAY FLASHERS. (Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.)
  • DON'T TAILGATE! KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU. (The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision. So, don't tailgate.)
  • PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS! (The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely through the work zone. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says you've left the work zone.)
  • OBEY ROAD CREW FLAGGERS! (The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.)
  • STAY ALERT AND MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS! (Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving in a work zone.
  • KEEP UP WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW. (Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Don't drive right up to the lane closure and then try barge in.)
  • SCHEDULE ENOUGH TIME TO DRIVE SAFELY AND CHECK RADIO, TV AND WEBSITES FOR TRAFFIC INFORMATION. (Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time. Check the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse - - for information on work zone delays throughout the country.)
  • BE PATIENT AND STAY CALM. (Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.)





U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that Anne Ferro is resigning as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Ferro is reportedly leaving FMCSA in August to become President and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Ferro has served as FMCSA Administrator since 2009.  No replacement has been named. 




The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced enhancements to the motor carrier information available to the public on the agency's Safety Management System website under CSA. 79 Fed. Reg. 43117 (July 24, 2014).   The changes to the design of the SMS website do not alter the SMS methodology or affect a carrier's safety rating.  The enhancements will be implemented when SMS data is updated in August 2014. The changes are as follows: 

  1. Displaying a summary BASIC status to better clarify if a motor carrier's performance in the individual BASICs causes it to be prioritized for an intervention. Detailed data, such as the motor carrier's percentile ranking in each BASIC, has been moved to the individual drill down pages for each BASIC.
  2. Offering a new ''Take a Tour'' feature to highlight enhancements to the SMS display and show visitors how to locate and use the site.
  3. Allowing the Web site user to download the data for all of the carriers in the same safety event group used to rank a motor carrier's BASIC percentile. The SMS determines a BASIC percentile for each motor carrier within a BASIC based on how the individual carrier's BASIC ''measure'' ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes).
  4. Highlighting a motor carrier's individual performance measure in each BASIC to more clearly identify its performance trends over time. The measure is based on the results of the carrier's roadside inspections or crashes, and is not relative to other motor carriers in its safety event group.
  5. Reordering the display of the BASICs based on their association to crash rates, with the BASICs with the strongest associations at the left.
  6. Displaying any motor carrier safety rating from a compliance review (CR) issued in accordance with 49 CFR Part 385. Previously, users had to go to FMCSA's Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System Web site.
  7. Displaying current insurance and operating authority status. Previously, users had to access FMCSA's Licensing and Insurance (L&I) Online Web site.
  8. Providing a motor carrier's enforcement case history, including the date the case was closed, the applicable violations, and the associated fines.
  9. Enhancing the presentation of safety performance over time through a variety of displays and graphs users can customize.
  10. Displaying the total number of inspections as well as a breakdown of the number of inspections with violations used in the SMS in each carrier's detailed information.
  11. Clarifying terminology, such as the definitions of the terms ''0%'' and ''<3 inspections with violations,'' in a glossary called ''SMS Display Key Terms.''


The FMCSA National Training Center (NTC) will offer a webinar for public and industry partners on the final enhancements to the display of information on the Safety Measurement System (SMS) public website ( and outline changes to the agency's Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) being implemented to improve uniformity in inspection violation data.   The webinar will be offered three times in August.


  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Links to webinar registration can be found HERE.




August 1, 2014



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 Question of the Week


Our Company has just obtained new DOT operating authority and number.  I have heard that this will result in our company receiving an audit by the FMCSA.  What kind of audit is this and when will it happen?


 The FMCSA conducts two different types of audits of motor carriers.  All motor carriers who obtain new DOT operating authority will receive within the first 18 months a "new entrant" audit.  The FMCSA, local carrier enforcement or contractor will conduct the audit.  Currently, the program includes an onsite audit, which is a series of questions to determine if the new carrier is knowledgeable of the FMCSA regulation requirements.  Click on the following link to download an example of the new entrant audit form:  FMCSA Audit Example.





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