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How to Prepare Truck Drivers for the 2019 International Roadcheck

Posted on April 03, 2019

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Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) holds an International Roadcheck event to inspect common areas of safety violations in trucking. This year, the event will run from June 4-6 and will focus on steering and suspension. These two components are critical to the safe operation of a commercial vehicle as they help ensure a truck can support heavy loads while maintaining stability while driving.

What to Expect During an Inspection

During International Roadchecks, CVSA sends certified inspectors to perform a Level I Inspection (North American Standard), although he or she may opt to conduct a different type of inspection depending on his or her initial evaluation. A Level I Inspection is the most common type of inspection and drivers should be prepared to provide several documents including:

  • Their commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Their medical certification and card/waiver if appropriate
  • Their logs for the previous eight on-duty days to confirm their hours of service (HOS)

The inspection includes 37 steps and takes around 45 minutes to an hour to complete. In addition to the above documents, the inspector will check for drugs or alcohol as well as inspect several aspects of the vehicle such as the seat belts, exhaust system, brake system, various lights, and more.

Is an International Roadcheck Different from Standard Inspections?

While drivers may feel some trepidation going into a CVSA inspection, it is no different from the usual inspections they experience at any other time of the year. The only notable difference is that CVSA will issue an official decal for display upon completing a successful inspection. While there will be more inspections than usual, the inspections themselves are the same as always.

The intent of highlighting steering and suspension safety is to increase drivers’ awareness of those critical elements of operating a truck. CVSA announces the dates of the increased inspections to allow drivers to ensure they’re safe and compliant well in advance. It’s also to remind drivers that maximum safety is something they should strive for year-round.

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Regulatory Questions Left Unanswered in 2014

Posted on December 22, 2014

The strengthening economy in 2014 boosted rates and profits in trucking, but this all took place amid ongoing legislative and regulatory uncertainty. Below are a few of the issues recently announced or left to resolve in 2015:

  • Expiration of Terrorism program (TRIA) – Congress failed to act on a bill that was already approved by the Senate, the current program expires on December 31, 2014
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new No-Defect DVIR Rule means that truck drivers whose pre-trip and post-trip inspections turn up no equipment issues or safety concerns no longer need to file a report.
  • FMCSA Announces Intention to Establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Drivers
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in the process of gathering comments from public, liability insurance providers, motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders on the safety and financial impacts of revising minimum levels of financial responsibility
  • FMCSA’s requirement that drivers take off two consecutive periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. during a 34-hour restart is suspended through Sept. 30, when the funding law is set to expire. The law also requires FMCSA to provide Congress a report about the restart rule’s health claims.

Our posts in the new year will provide detailed information on each of these ongoing issues and other important trucking industry topics. We continue to serve this industry, as we have done since 1936, and wish everyone happy holidays and safe travels in the new year!

Professional Drivers Urge Motorists Not to Drive Like Turkeys This Thanksgiving

Posted on November 26, 2014

The American Trucking Associations is asking the estimated 46.3 million motorists that are expected to take to the highways this Thanksgiving to drive safely and follow several simple tips in order to keep this a safe and joyous holiday season.

“The only turkeys we want to see are on the table, not on the highway,” said Share the Road Professional Driver, Byron Bramwell with YRC Freight. “The roads will be especially busy with people visiting family for Thanksgiving or starting their holiday shopping. Leave yourself a little extra time and space, slow down and be attentive while you’re driving.”

Among the tips Bramwell and his fellow Share the Road professionals offer to motorists are:

· Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.

· Slow Down: With the extra highway congestion due to Holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.

· Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance before you leave your home can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.

For more safety tips, click here: http://www.pmta.org/news/news.asp?id=204510

 

 

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POODLE – Keep Safe With Current Browsers And Updates

Posted on October 30, 2014

Computer viruses, malware and Trojan horses are cause for concern with any business. One of the most recent is something called “POODLE”, a seeming innocent name for a potentially problematic issue. POODLE is a man-in-the-middle attack protocol. Before we delve into it, let’s review the best way to stop it. Make sure you’re using a current browser, for example Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome 38, Firefox 33 or Safari 7. That said, some users don’t want to be on the “leading edge” version of a browser. In that case, you might choose IE 9 or 10 (with all updates), but not IE 6, 7 or 8 which are extremely dated. And see below how you can turn off SSL3 in your browser.

Old browsers are often more susceptible to attack. Browser developers also recommend that you set your browser default to automatic updates, ensuring you have the most recent patches designed to thwart attacks. Here are three links to download newer versions of your browser:

So what is “POODLE”. According to Mozilla, in late September a team at Google discovered a serious vulnerability in SSL 3.0 that can be exploited to steal certain confidential information, such as cookies. This vulnerability, known as “POODLE”, is similar to the BEAST attack. By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker can gain access to things like passwords and cookies, enabling him to access a user’s private account data on a website. They recommend that browsers and websites should turn off SSLv3 and use more modern security protocols as soon as possible, in order to avoid compromising users’ private information.

Stay current, make sure your browsers are updated and to turn off SSL3 in your browser, go to your advanced settings, or visit your browser support site for additional information. For example: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95572?hl=en.

Today is the Last Day for the NJ Tax Compliance Program

Posted on August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014

 

The New Jersey Treasury, Division of Taxation is offering a voluntary compliance program that will end Aug. 28, so it’s time to come forward to register your business and file appropriate taxes in New Jersey. If you are an out-of-state motor carrier company (common carrier) conducting pickups or deliveries in New Jersey, you are required to register with the Division of Taxation and possibly file and pay selected taxes. The New Jersey Division of Taxation is conducting canvass activities at weigh stations and other locations to identify foreign business entities conducting business in New Jersey. If you aren’t properly registered with the Division of Taxation or owe taxes, you could be subject to enforcement action.

The voluntary compliance program will help you with registration and filing returns. The benefit of taking part in this program is that the taxpayer will be eligible for the favorable terms that are offered under the Voluntary Disclosure Program. These include relief from the late filing and lay payment penalties as well as a general look-back period of four years (three prior years and the current year.) The program also provides that no enforcement action will be taken by the NJ investigators should the taxpayer be uncovered while conducting compliance initiatives at weigh stations or checkpoints.

The general guidelines to be eligible for the Voluntary Disclosure Program are as follows:

  • No previous contact with the taxpayer by the division or any of its agents;
  • Taxpayer is not registered for the taxes they wish to come forward on;
  • Taxpayer is not currently under any criminal investigation;
  • Taxpayer must be willing to pay outstanding tax liabilities and file the prior year returns within a reasonable period.

NJ Division of Taxation details the simple steps you will have to take to become part of the program in this document.

To participate in this program, the business or its authorized representative must apply by emailing the Division of Taxation at taxrevops@treas.nj.gov. The email could include the following:

  • Applicant’s complete name FID#, address and phone number.
  • Point of contact for the request. Include a power of attorney if you want to appoint a representative.
  • The years your company has been conducting pickups or deliveries in New Jersey.

All you need to do is send an email so NJ Division of Taxation sees you want to comply; they will contact you to work out particulars. It all starts with an email. If you have questions, please contact PMTA at 717-761-7122.

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NJ Treasury Division of Taxation is Offering an Outreach Program to the Motor Carrier Industry

Posted on August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014

 

The New Jersey Treasury, Division of Taxation is offering a voluntary compliance program that will end Aug. 28, so it’s time to come forward to register your business and file appropriate taxes in New Jersey. If you are an out-of-state motor carrier company (common carrier) conducting pickups or deliveries in New Jersey, you are required to register with the Division of Taxation and possibly file and pay selected taxes. The New Jersey Division of Taxation is conducting canvass activities at weigh stations and other locations to identify foreign business entities conducting business in New Jersey. If you aren’t properly registered with the Division of Taxation or owe taxes, you could be subject to enforcement action.

The voluntary compliance program will help you with registration and filing returns. The benefit of taking part in this program is that the taxpayer will be eligible for the favorable terms that are offered under the Voluntary Disclosure Program. These include relief from the late filing and lay payment penalties as well as a general look-back period of four years (three prior years and the current year.) The program also provides that no enforcement action will be taken by the NJ investigators should the taxpayer be uncovered while conducting compliance initiatives at weigh stations or checkpoints.

The general guidelines to be eligible for the Voluntary Disclosure Program are as follows:

– No previous contact with the taxpayer by the division or any of its agents;

– Taxpayer is not registered for the taxes they wish to come forward on;

– Taxpayer is not currently under any criminal investigation;

– Taxpayer must be willing to pay outstanding tax liabilities and file the prior year returns within a reasonable period.

For details about the simple steps you must take to participate in the program, click here:

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.pmta.org/resource/resmgr/Files/Common_Carrier_Outreach_Web_.pdf

 

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NJ Department of Treasury Increases Enforcement of Out-of-State Carriers

Posted on July 10, 2014

July 10, 2014

 

 

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The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association and the NJ Division of Taxation negotiated a voluntary compliance initiative starting on July 14, 2014. The program will run to August 28, 2014 and offers PMTA members the opportunity to voluntary come forward to register their business and file appropriate taxes in New Jersey. The benefit of taking part in this program is that the taxpayer will be eligible for the favorable terms that are offered under the Voluntary Disclosure Program. These include relief from the late filing and lay payment penalties as well as a general look-back period of four years (three prior years and the current year.) The program also provides that no enforcement action will be taken by the NJ investigators should the taxpayer be uncovered while conducting compliance initiatives at weigh stations or checkpoints.

The general guidelines to be eligible for the Voluntary Disclosure Program are as follows:

  • No previous contact with the taxpayer by the division or any of its agents;
  • Taxpayer is not registered for the taxes they wish to come forward on
  • Taxpayer is not currently under any criminal investigation
  • Taxpayer must be willing to pay outstanding tax liabilities and file the prior year returns within a reasonable period.

To read more about this program, click here:  NJ Division of Taxation details the simple steps you will have to take to become part of the program in this document.

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PMTA Adds ‘Career Center’ Feature to Website

Posted on June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014

 

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The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA) announced the addition of a new feature to their website, “Career Center”. This feature will help PMTA members who are looking for a new job, as well as those who are looking for candidates to fill job openings.

 

To learn more about the new Career Center, please visit the PMTA website: http://www.pmta.org/networking/

 

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CVSA’s Annual “Roadcheck” to Take Place June 3 – 5

Posted on May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014

 

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual “Roadcheck” event will take place from June 3 – 5.

Roadcheck is an annual roadside inspection event where roadside inspectors from across North America perform truck and bus inspections, hold safety events to educate the industry and the public on the importance of safe operations and the roadside inspection program, and give out educational materials.

For more information on this year’s Roadcheck, click here: http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.php

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New Medical Exam Law for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

Posted on April 10, 2014

April 10, 2013

 

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Effective May 21, 2014, all intersate commercial motor vehicle drivers will be subject to a new regulation, which will require them to have medical examinations performed by a

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Certified Medical Examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

To read more about the new law, click here: http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/FactSheetCMVDrivers.pdf

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