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Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars - Online registration is now open!



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Registration is now open online for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars!


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 on the following link:



FMCSA issues final ruling that trims truck inspection paperwork requirement

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on Tuesday that effective Dec. 18, 2014, professional truck drivers will no longer have to comply with a burdensome daily paperwork requirement, saving the trucking industry an estimated $1.7 billion annually without compromising safety.


"We delivered big on President Obama's call to cut red tape and waste," said Secretary Foxx. "America's truckers should be able to focus more on getting their goods safely to store shelves, constructions sites or wherever they need to be instead of spending countless hours on unnecessary paperwork that costs the industry nearly $2 billion each year. This is a far better way to do business."


Commercial truck drivers are required to conduct pre- and post-trip inspections of their vehicles to identify any safety defects or maintenance concerns. The final rule announced today removes the requirement that drivers file a report for approximately 95 percent of inspections when equipment problems or safety concerns are not identified.


The amount of savings is disputed by the industry as many carriers will still require that there drivers complete a DVIR by company regulation documenting that the Pre/Post inspection was actually completed.


The savings also did not account for the fact that many carriers have now switched to electronic DVIR's.



Here is a FMCSA regulation that has slipped

by most Carriers!!!


Since January 2014, carriers have been required to obtain the CDLIS MVR from a CDL driver's licensing state, verifying the driver is medically qualified to drive, and to place the MVR in the driver's DQ file.  49 CFR 391.23(m)(2). The MVR must include the type of operation the driver self-certified he will perform and that the driver was certified by a medical examiner listed in the National Registry.  The motor carrier has 15 days to obtain the MVR from the date stamped on the medical examination certificate.  The medical examiner's certificate or a copy must be placed in the DQ file for the 15 day period (or until the CDLIS MVR is put there).  Without either the MVR or the medical examiner's certificate (for the 15 day period), the motor carrier may not let the driver operate a CMV.


This requirement was adopted in 2008 (73 Fed. Reg. 73096 Dec. 1, 2008) and was supposed to take effect on Jan. 30, 2012, but FMCSA put it off for two years because states complained they could not input medical certification information into the CDLIS driver records fast enough (76 Fed. Reg. 70663 Nov. 15, 2011).  The FMCSA dismissed comments that the rule would add costs to motor carriers. It acknowledged that carriers might incur additional costs to obtain an additional MVR at the beginning of employment (i.e., obtaining an initial MVR and then getting a second one 15 days later) but said carriers could just wait until the 15 day period was almost up to get the MVR.  They also noted that carriers might have to obtain an additional MVR if a driver's medical certificate expired before the carrier's required annual check, but simply stated that it took those costs into account when drafting the rule.  The FMCSA did not discuss drivers who might need more frequent medical certifications.


Finally, under a proposed rule issued May 10, 2013, the 15 day grace period would eventually be removed.  (78 Fed. Reg. 27349.)  If the proposed rule is adopted without change, carriers would be required to obtain the CDLIS MVR before letting the driver drive, and would not be able to rely on putting the medical examiner's certificate in the DQ file.  The rule would require medical examiners to submit the results of their medical examinations on the same day as the examination, and for states to update their CDLIS MVR information within a day.  Because there would be no delay in the information being put in the CDLIS, there would be no need for a delay in carriers obtaining the information.



December 12, 2014



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2015 Idealease Safety Seminar Schedule:


March 4

Portland, OR

March 5

Seattle, WA

March 17

Chattanooga, TN

 March 18

Atlanta, GA

March 19

Nashville, TN

March 24

Houston, TX

March 25

Lafayette, LA

March 26

Mobile, AL

March 31

Kansas City, MO

April 1

St. Louis, MO

April 2

Memphis, TN

April 7

Cincinnati, OH

April 8

Columbus, OH

April 9

Elkhart, IN

April 14

Linden, NJ

April 14

Phoenix, AZ

April 15

San Leandro, CA

April 16

Lodi, CA

April 21

Santa Fe Springs, CA

April 21

Harrisburg, PA

April 22

Ventura, CA

April 22

Landover, MD

April 23

Baltimore, MD

April 28

Oklahoma City, OK

April 30

Milwaukee, WI

May 5

Kelowna, BC

May 6

Lexington, KY

May 7

Denver, CO

May 12

Tampa, FL

June 25

Santa Rosa, CA

October 22

San Martin, CA





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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