Spring Transportation Summit
April 21-23, 2014
Crowne Plaza Union Station * Indianapolis, IN
Program/Registration and Sponsorship Now Available
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
Fleet Safety Awards,
Safety Professional of the Year &
Maintenance Professional of the Year
There's no better way to get your company and/or safety professional recognized for their accomplishments than nominating them for the Fleet Safety Awards, the Safety Professional of the Year or the Maintenance Professional of the Year. This year's awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday April 22nd during the IMTA Transportation Summit. The deadline is quickly approaching and all must be in by the end of day Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
The Safety Professional of the Year is based upon professional achievements, success in advancing highway and industrial safety in the fleet, relationship and cooperation with government officials, and methods of meeting and solving safety problems facing the nominee's fleet. Work and leadership in the safety activities of state trucking associations, and other organizations of safety professionals are of high importance.
The Maintenance Professional of the Year is designed to promote the high standards in the maintenance profession. The individual who has excelled in the field of fleet and commercial motor vehicle maintenance as well as professional qualification and performance in maintaining the highest degree of safety and operating efficiency of the fleet.
The Fleet Safety Awards are based on the company's overall accident frequency within the state of Indiana. The frequency is expressed in terms of the number of accidents per one million miles as determined by the following formula:
Frequency = Number of Indiana DOT Reportable Accidents x 1,000,000
Vehicle Miles Driven in Indiana
The definition of an accident in this contest is the one contained in the FMCSR, 49CFR Part 390.5.
Get those nomination forms in, "Time is running out"!
CDL Certification Alert:
In January 2013, CDL holders received a letter from the BMV requesting certification of intention of operation. This letter was confusing for some IMTA members, so we hosted a conference call with the BMV and IMTA members to help clear up any misunderstandings of the form and how to fill it out. CDL holders who HAVE NOT certified will be receiving a second letter within the next two-three weeks. Please ensure your drivers have completed this no later than January 30, 2014 in order to remain compliant.
Click Here for the link to the Federal web site for drivers to find a medical professional certified by FMCSA to perform CDL medical examinations.
Here is the drafted content of the letter:
In compliance with federal regulations, all Indiana Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders must certify to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) whether they operate, or intend to operate, a commercial motor vehicle within the State of Indiana (intrastate) or in multiple states (interstate).
You must certify to the BMV by no later than January 30, 2014 that you operate or intend to operate as:
• Interstate non-excepted: You are an Interstate non-excepted driver and must meet the Federal Department of Transportation medical certification requirements.
• Intrastate non-excepted: You are an Intrastate driver and must meet the Indiana medical certification requirements.
CDL holders may certify this information by doing the following:
1. Visit the myBMV.com website and self-certify from your personal myBMV account, or
2. Certify when renewing, amending, or applying for a replacement CDL at any BMV license branch.
Additional information about the certification requirements is available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ .
**IMPORTANT - Drivers must still self certify by 1/30/14 through BMV as stated above**
FMCSA Announces One-Year Extension of Paper Medical Certificate Requirement for Commercial Bus and Truck Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) announced Friday that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver's license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner's certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors. In Dec. 2008, FMCSA issued a Final Rule modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying recordkeeping obligations for drivers, carriers and state governments by requiring that a driver's medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs. States received support from FMCSA to implement the necessary IT system upgrades and merge the records into one, online database - the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS). FMCSA announced the one-year extension today to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new system.Click Here for a copy of the Federal Register announcement.
A lack of readiness by some states, however, led to the delay in the date to which drivers must carry paper copies.