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OPERATION SAFE DRIVER: October 20-26, 2013
Alert your drivers that the CVSA will be stepping up enforcement and roadside inspections coming weeks. CVSA is an association of state, provincial, and federal officials responsible for the administration and enforcement of motor carrier safety laws in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

-Increasing driver performance through enforcement and education.
-Increase commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity.
-Increase non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity.
-Increase safety belt enforcement activity.
-Increase driver roadside inspections.
-Increase driver regulatory compliance.
-Implement commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population.
-Increase the awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.

FMCSA Encouraging Carriers to Update Their Registration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding carriers to update their registration information with the agency.

It notes that all companies under FMCSA jurisdiction are required to perform the update every two years as part of the new Unified Registration System, even if nothing has changed, the company no longer is involved in interstate operations or is no longer in business, but has yet to notify the agency.

Failure to complete an update can result in the deactivation of a U.S. DOT number and a civil penalty of up to a $1,000 per day, but not to exceed $10,000.
You can get more information on updating your company's registration, find out how to register my mail, sign up for training webinar on how to register or get other registration information by logging on to the FMCSA website.

By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 3095, the House bill to require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to address sleep apnea and other sleep disorders with a formal rule making rather than guidance. The House has already passed the bill, which now will go to the President's desk for signing into law.

The FMCSA has said that it will begin a rule making on sleep disorders and driver qualifications. A rule making affords the regulated industry an opportunity to file comments, requires the FMCSA to justify the rule on a cost-benefit basis, and provides court review of any final agency action.

Do Any of Your Drivers Have Sleep Apnea?
The awareness of sleep apnea has increased in our society over the last two years. A commercial driver with sleep apnea increases a motor carrier's chance of having an accident significantly.

Managers of drivers need to be aware of this disease and communicate with their examining medical physicians the importance of detecting sleep apnea during a medical examination. You also need to provide education to your drivers so they are aware of the symptoms of sleep apnea.

-Frequent silences during sleep due to breaks in breathing (apnea)
-Choking or gasping during sleep to get air into the lungs
-Loud snoring
-Sudden awakenings to restart breathing or waking up in a sweat
-Daytime sleepiness and feeling unrefreshed by a night's sleep, including falling asleep at inappropriate times

Primary causes and risk factors of obstructive sleep apnea:
-Being overweight or obese (although 50% of people with sleep apnea are not obese)
-Large tonsils or adenoids
-Other distinctive physical attributes (deviated septum, shape of head and neck, receding chin, enlarged tongue)
-Nasal congestion or blockage (from cold, sinusitis, allergies, smoking, etc.)
-Throat muscles and tongue relax more than normal during sleep (possibly due to alchohol or sedatives or age)

What does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Currently say regarding Sleep Apnea?
Individuals with suspected or untreated sleep apnea should be considered medically unqualified to operate a commercial vehicle until the diagnosis has been dispelled or the condition has been treated successfully. In addition, as a condition of continuing qualification, commercial drivers who are being treated for sleep apnea should agree to continue uninterrupted therapy as long as they continue to operate a CMV. Sleep apnea should not interfere with safe driving practices; therefore, it is recommended that drivers diagnosed with sleep apnea perform testing on an annual basis for certification. 

Any of the following tests can be performed for annual certification these include: Polysomnography, Multiple sleep latency, and maintenance of wakefulness test. Ultimately, it is the medical examiner that determines certification and at their discretion, they determine what follow up recommendations and/or testing should be made based on their assessment.

October 11th, 2013
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The National Training Center (NTC) has developed the following training webinars to help you through the Biennial

Update process:

Wed, Oct. 9, 2013
10-11:30 a.m. EST

*Click to Register


Wed, Oct. 9, 2013
2-3:30 p.m. EST 

*Click to Register

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
10-11:30 a.m. EST 

*Click to Register

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
2-3:30 p.m. EST

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When should you update?


Your Biennial Update filing schedule is determined by your specific USDOT number.


*To find your filing                schedule, 




Biennial Update Questions?


*Find answers to common  Biennial Update questions  here:

What are the Odds?
The following four driving behaviors significantly increase the odds that you will be involved in an accident while operating a vehicle.

1. Speeding - Driving at inappropriate speeds is associated with nearly tripling the odds of being involved in a crash or near-crash, relative to driving at appropriate speeds.

2. Driving while drowsy - Driving while drowsy is also associated with nearly tripling the odds of being involved in a crash or near-crash, relative to driving while not drowsy.

3. Aggressive driving - The odds of a
 crash or near-crash more than double when a driver is exhibiting aggressive driving behaviors.

4. Taking your eyes off the road for more than two seconds - When a driver's eyes are off the forward roadway for greater than two seconds, the odds of a crash or near-crash occurring are nearly double those when the driver is paying attention to the forward roadway.



October 20-26: 

CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. is a national, non-profit safety education group whose goal is to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights of way. Operation Lifesaver has programs in all 50 states, with trained and certified presenters who provide free safety talks to community groups, school bus drivers, truck drivers and student drivers to raise awareness around railroad tracks and trains. 
For more information, and to request a free safety presentation, visit 

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.