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FMCSA to Enforce MCS-150 Requirement
Motor carriers and other entities that are required to have a U.S. DOT number are also required to file a Form MCS-150 with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at least every two years to update their identifying, contact, and operational information. This has been the law for a long time, but FMCSA has never strictly enforced it. However, the agency now plans to do so, under a regulation that was part of its recently issued Unified Registration System rule. (See the SLN of 8/30/2013. And once again, the URS has nothing to do with the UCRA!) FMCSA has now indicated how they’ll go about this enforcement. Starting next month, the agency will send a letter to carriers that are due to update their information in January 2014 reminding them to do so. In February, the FMCSA will check its system to see if those carriers complied. If a carrier did not, its DOT number will be deactivated on April 1. FMCSA will adhere to a similar schedule in each succeeding month for carriers whose two-year window expires in the months following January. Although information from the MCS-150s filed by carriers and other entities is critical for FMCSA’s master database, the Motor Carrier Management Information System, MCMIS, much of the enforcement of the filing requirement has in effect been left up to the states that participate in the federal PRISM program. Under PRISM, a state participating in the program may not renew the International Registration Plan registration of a carrier unless it has updated its MCS-150 information within the preceding twelve months. And most states participate in PRISM.
2013 Annual Leadership Conference another huge success!
Terrific weather, compelling speakers, some very interesting entertainment helped make this year’s annual conference another success. Thanks to all those who attended, contributed and, in so many ways, made this conference another fantastic year. Most of all, a huge thank you goes to the 55 companies that sponsored the conference this year. You will find them listed on our website under Leadership Conference in the Events & Seminars drop-down menu, and we urge you to let them quote your business first before looking elsewhere! And if you missed the conference—NOW is the time to plan to attend next year at the JW Marriott Star Pass in Tucson Oct. 23-25, 2014. If you attended the conference please take a moment and complete this brief survey about your experience.
CCJ Fall Symposium
The Arizona Trucking Association invites you to the CCJ Fall Symposium, featuring compelling speakers, expert analysis of industry issues and the opportunity to network with industry's top suppliers and your peers.
• Keynote Speaker: Laura Ingraham, #1 woman in political radio and Fox News contributor
• Understanding the Myths and Realities of CSA
• Luncheon Speaker: Phil Byrd Sr. Incoming ATA chairman
• Navigating the Rough Waters of Today's Regulatory Environment
• Fleet Panel: Driver Recruitment and Retention
• 2014 Economic Outlook: Eric Starks, president, FTR Associates
Register today to reserve your space!
Your registration includes all sessions, hotel accommodations, meals, and social activities.
"Symposium provides a great opportunity to validate my ideas by networking with other fleet executives and hearing topical speakers. Some of things I've learned I can implement directly into my business." Pete Hill, Hill Brothers Transportation
FMCSA clarifies that both types of short haul drivers are not subject to rest break requirement
Following an [American Trucking Association] meeting with Administrator Ferro on Tuesday, August 6, FMCSA this morning released a new enforcement policy clarifying that, effective August 2, 2013, the hours of service 30-minute rest break requirement does NOT apply to either of the two categories of short haul drivers. The recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision which vacated the rest break requirements for short-haul drivers created some confusion by only speaking specifically to one of the two categories of short haul drivers – non-CDL holders who operate within a 150 mile radius of their work reporting location. FMCSA’s new enforcement policy states that the Agency and its state enforcement partners will immediately cease enforcement of the 30-minute rest break provision of the HOS rule against all short-haul operations.This includes the aforementioned non-CDL holders using the exemption under 395.1(e)(2) AND drivers of any CMV (both CDL and non-CDL) operating within a 100 air-mile radius and using the exemption under or 395.1(e)(1). Also, FMCSA will also be initiating a rulemaking to include text in the HOS regulations specifically noting that the 30 minute break provisions do not apply to short haul drivers.
HOS Visor Cards for Truck Drivers
The FMCSA has provided a “cheat sheet” for the HOS changes for drivers to put in their visors. ATA has made it so you can download this quick and easy HOS reference guide by clicking here. Additionally, ATA has printed HOS cards at our office. Please feel free to stop by and pick up a few for your drivers.Note to view all the HOS regulations you can do so on the FMCSA website here.
Celebrate My Drive®
Do you or your co-workers have teen age drivers? ATA has partnered up with State Farm to help promote a great program called Celebrate My Drive®. Celebrate My Drive was created by State Farm® in 2012 to share the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment from the start. Since last year, thousands of students, family, friends and high school staff members have joined the party.With good reason – auto crashes are the number one cause of death among teens in North America. But Celebrate My Drive isn’t about scare tactics or negativity. It’s about emphasizing the positives of safe driving. If we can reinforce habits like remembering to think “2N2™” whenever teens drive – keeping 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel – we’ll save lives together. For more information on how your Teen and his/her school can become involved go to http://www.celebratemydrive.com/About.aspx. Also watch for events ATA will be participating in to help promote this event.
ATA Endorsed Programs
December 6: ATA All Holiday Party, Ewing Residence, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
December 6: Escort Vehicle Certification Training, ATA 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
December 13: Safety & Maintenance Council Meeting, 10:00 AM - Noon
2014 ATA Conference - Mark your calendars: Next year, we be at the JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson Oct. 23-25, 2014.
Events posted here are described in detail deeper on the website. Click on the event for details.
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Need Assistance with Safety or Compliance Questions?
ATA's Safety Consultant is just a phone call or email away (members only, please). Contact Bernie Gazdzik at 602.370.4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATA Offers Vehicle Registration and Compliance Services
ATA's Vehicle Registration Department is your one-stop shop to title and license everything from trucks to ATVs. Call 602.850.6007 for title and registration service. ATA members - be sure to ask for your discount on service fees!