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Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Operation Safe Driver Week is October 19-25, 2014



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Operation Safe Driver Week is October 19-25, 2014 


During the week of October 19-25, 2014, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement

and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors
by both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers
and car drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week.


Each year, nearly 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 others are injured in large truck and bus crashes on our roadways. Many of those accidents are the direct result of the drivers-both truck and bus drivers, as well as the car drivers operating unsafely around them. CVSA's Operation Safe Driver program was created to help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars.


During Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; driver roadside inspections; and driver regulatory compliance.


In addition to enforcement, education is an important component of Operation Safe Driver Week. Law enforcement and transportation safety officials will offer educational and awareness safety programs to the motor carrier population and the motoring public.


Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and with support from industry and a number of other transportation safety organizations.



Question of the Week?


How do DOT drug and alcohol tests relate to non-DOT tests?

Answer:  Title 40.13


(a) DOT tests must be completely separate from non-DOT tests in all respects.

(b) DOT tests must take priority and must be conducted and completed before a non-DOT test is begun. For example, you must discard any excess urine left over from a DOT test and collect a separate void for the subsequent non-DOT test.

(c) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, you must not perform any tests on DOT urine or breath specimens other than those specifically authorized by this part or DOT agency regulations. For example, you may not test a DOT urine specimen for additional drugs, and a laboratory is prohibited from making a DOT urine specimen available for a DNA test or other types of specimen identity testing.


(d) The single exception to paragraph (c) of this section is when a DOT drug test collection is conducted as part of a physical examination required by DOT agency regulations. It is permissible to conduct required medical tests related to this physical examination (e.g., for glucose) on any urine remaining in the collection container after the drug test urine specimens have been sealed into the specimen bottles.


(e) No one is permitted to change or disregard the results of DOT tests based on the results of non-DOT tests. For example, as an employer you must not disregard a verified positive DOT drug test result because the employee presents a negative test result from a blood or urine specimen collected by the employee's physician or a DNA test result purporting to question the identity of the DOT specimen.


(f) As an employer, you must not use the CCF or the ATF in your non-DOT drug and alcohol testing programs. This prohibition includes the use of the DOT forms with references to DOT programs and agencies crossed out. You also must always use the CCF and ATF for all your DOT-mandated drug and alcohol tests.



House Bill Introduced to Remove CSA Scores From Public View


Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, has introduced a bill that would bar the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from making motor carrier's safety scores and rankings publicly available under the CSA program until the agency submits a report to Congress on its efforts to improve the CSA system.  


H.R. 5532, the Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2014, would ensure that covered motor carrier data is not made available to the public.  In addition, such data could not be admitted into evidence or otherwise used in any lawsuit or other civil action for damages resulting from an incident involving a motor carrier.  "Covered motor carrier data" is defined to mean data generated with respect to a motor carrier under CSA, including any ranking, rating, score, or other measurement.


The bill also requires the FMCSA to submit a study to Congress within one year on recommendations to improve CSA, including how the program: 

  1. utilizes and generates only safety data and scores, including Safety Measurement System scores, determined to be predictive of motor carrier accidents;
  2. appropriately addresses concerns relating to the age of utilized safety data, including violations;
  3. does not unfairly harm small motor carriers as a result of limited safety data availability;
  4. appropriately addresses differences between motor carriers transporting passengers and motor carriers transporting freight;
  5. generates safety data that allows individual motor carriers, including safety scores assigned to individual motor carriers, to be effectively compared; and,
  6. utilizes accurate safety data, including:
    • by appropriately addressing variations between State- and self-reported data;
    • by accounting for geographic disparities with respect to enforcement; and,
    • by utilizing only crash data from crashes with respect to which a motor carrier was at fault. 

NPTC recently joined some 20 trade associations in a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx asking to remove the CSA scores from public view, as the data is not sufficiently comprehensive or reliable, but is being used by shippers, insurers and the courts in a manner not intended by the FMCSA.  The industry has to date received no response from DOT.


Although H.R. 5532 is not likely to be enacted in this Congress, it sends a message to the FMCSA that Congress is concerned about the adequacy of the CSA scores.  The FMCSA intends to use the CSA scores as the basis for a new rulemaking on motor carrier safety fitness determinations; a proposed rule is expected sometime next year.



October 03, 2014



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 Fire Prevention Week

 Oct. 5-11, 2014



National Fire Prevention Week is coming and it is a good time to review with your drivers how to prevent fires and how to react to a fire that occurs in their commercial motor vehicle.

Fire extinguisher inspection is a vital part of a driver's daily vehicle inspection process. It amazes me how many times I will be looking at a truck and find the fire extinguisher has lost it pressure due to a leak or was used and returned to the truck without being recharged. The actions of a driver at the time of a fire are crucial in saving lives and controlling the amount of loss.





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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