The US Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is a secure online database where employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement can access real-time information pertaining to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on CDL drivers drug and alcohol testing program.
Carriers will be required to report drug and alcohol violations and check their employees records if prohibited from performing certain functions, including operating a commercial vehicle, due to a program violation which a driver has not successfully completed the return-to-duty (RTD) process.
Canadian carriers who operate into the U.S. are required to register and comply with the new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Registration for the clearinghouse will open this fall and go into effect January 2020.
All records of drug and alcohol program violations will remain in the clearinghouse for five years or until the driver has completed the return-to-duty process.
The FMCSA released the HOS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The proposal is designed to increase safety and not increase driving time. The FMCSA believes these changes will save an estimated $274 million for the U.S. economy and American consumers.
Based on public comments the FMCSA proposed to revise the following rules:
30-Minute Rest Break
Required after 8 hours of driving time. Previously was 8 hours on duty.
The break will be allowed while on-duty, not driving. Previously had to be off-duty.
Split Sleeper Berth
7/3 hour splits are permissible. Previously drivers were required to split 10 hours off duty into two periods.
NPRM requests research on further splits
Adverse Driving Conditions
On-duty time can be extended to accommodate 2 additional hours of driving during adverse conditions.
Short haul CDL drivers can now operate within 150 air-mile radius and up to 14 hours. Previously 100 air-mile radius and 12 hours.
14 Hour Clock
Drivers will be allowed to “pause” their 14 hour on-duty clock once, for up to 3 hours during their duty day.
The FMCSA is currently seeking public feedback on the proposed revisions. If you’d like to leave a comment, click here.
The Police Department of Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania, has been authorized by the mayor to issue more citations to truck drivers for illegally driving on municipal roads.
The Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee at the Greater Susquehanna Valley, said truck drivers ignore the roads weight limits and often get stuck in neighborhoods, “and police officers have to stop traffic to help them navigate out of the community,” according to committee chair McGranaghan.
McGranaghan also suggested that officers “throw all you can”, implying to issue as many tickets and fines to truck drivers as they can, in hopes the area will gain a reputation they won’t tolerate such behavior.
McGranaghan and engineer Art Thomas for Monroe Township, who claimed township has similar issues, both warned they’ll be in contact with National Beef Packing Company, LLC., in regards to their drivers being majority of truckers getting stuck on municipal streets.
A Missouri based company, Prime Inc., sought help from their customers and social media page to find their missing truck. The vehicle was last seen on August 8th, in the Columbia, SC area. The company assured their customers in their Facebook post the driver is safe.
The company is offering a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the missing truck. The company also stated the truck may be missing decals to properly identify it.
Call Prime Inc, security department, at (417)521-3911 if you know any information that could lead them to retrieve their vehicle.
On May 15, an unannounced break-focused inspection blitz placed over 1,600 trucks out of service in the U.S and Canada, in a single day. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that the commercial vehicle inspectors conducted more than 10,358 inspections which placed 1,667 (16.1%) of those vehicles out of service.
Inspectors paid close attention to break hoses/tubing. According to the CVSA, 996 trucks were issued violations for chafed rubber hoses, 185 trucks were issued violations for chafed thermoplastic hoses. Totalling, 1,125 violations for chafed rubber hoses and 124 violations for damaged thermoplastic hoses.
CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson stated to the Arkansas Highway Police, “Brake hoses and tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible,” Thompson concluded, “because they are such an important part of the braking system, the failure of hoses or tubing can cause problems for the entire braking system.”
Top five brake-related violations are:
Clamp or roto type brake out of adjustment
CMV manufactured after Oct. 19, 1994, has an automatic brake adjustment system that fails to compensate for wear
Brake hose or tubing chafing and/or kinking
No or defective ABS malfunction indicator lamp for trailer manufactured after March 1, 1998
The CVSA will have another brake-focused inspection blitz next month, scheduled for September 15-21.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s FMCSA proposed a permanent crash preventability determination program to receive additional data for recognizing possible safety risks. The program will examine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of determining and displaying the preventability of specific types of accidents.
The FMCSA conducted a survey in August 2017, where they reviewed over 5,600 accidents involving semi-trucks and bus companies to determine if a crash was preventable. An estimated 94% of the crashes reviewed were found not to be preventable by the motor carrier or commercial driver.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, announced on March 29, during a Mid-American Trucking show the department plans to make the current program permanent. In addition, the agency has proposed to remove the “not preventable crashes” from the Safety Measurement System (SMS) Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Category (BASIC), a more extensive evaluation of crashes from eight to fifteen.
FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez, said the data received from the original program informed the industry to take action to expand and improve the program. Martinez stated, “Data drives our agency’s decisions…We’ve listened to carriers, drivers, and other commercial motor vehicle stakeholders throughout each step of this process, and strongly encourage all interested parties to submit comments on our proposed changes.”
The FMCSA is currently seeking public comment on the proposal, the comment period is open for 60 days ending on October 4, 2019.
On Tuesday July 31, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) increased fines for federal trucking violations. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act requires the FMCSA to adjust fines every year due to inflation. The final rule published on July 31 was effective immediately.
In order to adjust the fines adequately the DOT multiplies the penalty by the difference from October 2017 to October 2018. The percentage difference this year is 1.02522.
All fines increased as seen below:
New Penalty Value
Former Penalty Value
Failure to respond to Agency subpoena to appear and testify or produce records (minimum)
Failure to respond to Agency subpoena to appear and testify or produce records (maximum)
Out-of-service order: Operation of CMV by driver
Out-of-service order: Requiring or permitting operation of CMV by driver
Out-of-service order: Operation by driver of CMV or intermodal equipment that was placed out-of-service
Out-of-service order: Requiring or permitting operation of CMV or intermodal equipment that was placed out-of-service
Out-of-service order: Failure to return written certification or correction
Out-of-service order: Failure to cease operations as ordered
Out-of-service order: Operating in violation of order
Out-of-service order: Conducting operations during suspension or revocation for failure to pay penalties
Out-of-service order: Conducting operations during suspension or revocation
Record-keeping: Maximum penalty per day
Record-keeping: Maximum total penalty
New Penalty Value
Former Penalty Value
Knowing falsification of records
Non-recordkeeping violations by drivers
Alcohol prohibition violations (first offense)
Alcohol prohibition violations (second or subsequent conviction)
Commercial driver’s license violations
Special penalties pertaining to violation of OOS orders (first conviction)
Special penalties pertaining to violation of OOS orders (second or subsequent conviction)
Knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of OOS order (minimum)
Knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of OOS order (maximum)
Special penalties pertaining to railroad-highway grade crossing violations
Financial responsibility violations
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Safety Permitting Regulations (transportation or shipment of hazmat)
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Safety Permitting Regulations (training) (minimum penalty)
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Safety Permitting Regulations (training) (maximum penalty)
New Penalty Value
Former Penalty Value
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Safety Permitting Regulations (packaging or container)
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Safety Permitting Regulations (compliance with FMCSRs)
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Safety Permitting Regulations (death, serious illness, severe injury to persons; destruction of property)
Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating (generally)
Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating (hazmat maximum penalty)
Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating – hazardous materials (maximum penalty if death, serious illness, severe injury to persons; destruction of property)
Violations of the commercial regulations, property carriers
Violations of the CRs, brokers
Violations of the CRs, passenger carriers
Violation of the CRs, foreign carriers, foreign motor private carriers
New Penalty Value
Former Penalty Value
Violations of the CRs, foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers before implementation of North America Free Trade Agreement land transportation provisions (maximum penalties for intentional violation)
Violations of the CRs, foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers before implementation of North America Free Trade Agreement land transportation provisions (maximum penalties for a pattern of international violations)
Violations of the CRs, motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes (minimum)
Violations of the CRs, motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes (maximum)
Violations of the CRs, household goods carrier or freight forwarder, or their receiver or trustee
Violation of the CRs, weight of HHG shipment, charging for services (minimum or first violation)
Violation of the CRs, weight of HHG shipment, charging for services (subsequent violations)
Additional tariff violations, rebates or concessions (first violation)
Additional tariff violations, rebates or concessions (subsequent violations)
Tariff violations, freight forwarders (max penalty for first violation)
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The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) wrote to each provincial transportation minister, urgently requesting them to endorse the ELD mandate for provincially-regulated carriers.
In remembrance of the Humboldt Bronco bus crash on April 6, 2018 when sixteen people were killed and thirteen people injured due to a semi truck traveling 60 MPH who failed to yield at a flashing stop sign. In support with Transport Canada’s announcement last month regarding the rules covering federal regulated carriers. The CTA is requesting that all jurisdictions in Canada have ELD rules set for provincial carriers as well so that both federal and provincial carriers transition from paper-based compliance to an electronic one.
In the letter to each provincial transportation minister, the CTA wrote, “Non-compliant behaviour that leads to road safety risks knows no boundaries and certainly does not distinguish between provincially and federally regulated carriers when it comes to hours of service regulations,” the letter continues to say, “the events and timeframes in the days prior to the Humboldt collision would have been much more transparent under an ELD regime. We must end the opportunities for this egregious and unsafe behaviour regardless of whether the trucking company crosses provincial/territorial boundaries or offers services within a jurisdiction.”
The CTA president Stephen Laskowski stated that now is the time to make the compliance regulations more efficient and improve overall safety. Carriers should be in compliance no matter what territory they’re in or traveling to.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans on administering a survey to better understand the harassment and assault of minority and female truck drivers. The agency stated it needs to better understand the, “prevalence, seriousness, and nature of the problem of harassment and assaults against minority and female truckers.” As well as why these crimes are underreported.
The FMCSA currently doesn’t provide training to truckers on how to protect themselves from being stalked, harassed, assaulted or robbed. Before any preventative solution can be established the FMCSA must analyze all aspects of these crimes and ways drivers can protect themselves.
The proposed study will require a maximum 440 female truck drivers and 440 minority truck drivers. The study will conduct a combination of in-person interviews and online surveys. Eligible participants must be a female or minority professional truck driver in the past two years. Eligible respondents who complete both the interview and survey will receive a $25 incentive.
President of Women in Trucking, Ellen Voie, said her members have been working with the FMCSA for the past 18 months. Voie told Transport topics, “You see lawsuits popping up every once in while, especially with trainers and trainees,” Voie added, “We want to know where is it happening, how often is it happening and what can we do to stop it.” Voie explained that because there’s a shortage of truck drivers by addressing these issues head on, could draw more truck drivers from these groups to alleviate the shortage.
The FMCSA is currently seeking public comment ending on September 23.