December 21, 2015:  MCM Weekly Newsletter

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Dec 25            MCM Office Closed Christmas Day

Jan 1               MCM Office Closed New Years Day

Jan 4               Share The Road
                       Senior High School, Billings

Jan 5               Share The Road
                       Skyview High School, Billings

Jan 6               Share The Road
                       Billings West High School

Jan 12             Board of Directors Meeting, Helena
                        Location & Time TBD

                       Safety Council Meeting, Helena
                       Location & Time TBD

Jan 13             Billings Chapter Safety Meeting
                       Meeting Info TBA

Jan 21             Missoula Chapter Safety Meeting
                       Meeting Info TBA
MDT News
MAR 18-157 (MCS) Notice of Proposed Amendment

MDT is proposing to amend its administrative rules pertaining to Motor Carrier Services.

The proposed amendments are necessary to update the Code of Federal Regulations citations to the most current versions; to bring Montana in compliance with the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) harmonization efforts; to address safety concerns regarding overweight vehicle bridge crossings; and to clean up duplicative language. MDT is accepting written comments through 5:00 p.m., January 21, 2016, as stated in the attached Proposed Rule Notice.
For more information see 20151218-181157.pdf
Restrictions on Use of HOS Restart to Remain Suspended
The Consolidated Omnibus appropriations bill signed by the President on Friday will most likely extend the suspension of enforcement of the two restrictions on the use of the 34-hour restart (must include two 1 a.m. - 5 a.m. periods and can only be used once every 168 hours) that were originally effective July 1, 2013.  Enforcement was initially suspended on December 16, 2014 with enactment of the omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2015, which directed FMCSA to study two groups of drivers - those operating under the rules with the restart restrictions and those operating under the HOS rules without the restart restrictions - and issue a report determining whether the restrictions provided net safety benefits.  Although that report has yet to be submitted, the new law raises the bar by requiring both the Secretary and the Inspector General of the USDOT to certify that the final report meets all the requirements of the 2015 law and also that the report demonstrates drivers operating under the restrictions "demonstrates statistically significant improvement in all outcomes related to safety, operator fatigue, driver health and longevity, and work schedules" compared to drivers who operated without the restrictions.
DOT Wants Sleep-Apnea Data
A Department of Transportation data-collection request on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among truck drivers and other transportation workers - as well as the potential impact of any future OSA-related regulatory actions - has been filed with the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Issued jointly by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration as an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a.k.a. a "pre-rule," the request could be the first step toward federal regulation of the testing and treatment of truck drivers and others for the sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is often viewed as a safety concern because it can cause general fatigue and result in drowsy driving.

The pre-rule (RIN 2126-AB88), titled "Evaluation of Safety Sensitive Personnel for OSA," specifically seeks "data and information concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in rail and highway transportation."

The agencies are also requesting information about the potential economic impact and safety benefits associated with "regulatory actions that would result in transportation workers in these positions, who exhibit multiple risk factors for OSA, undergoing evaluation by a healthcare professional with expertise in sleep disorders, and subsequent treatment."

This is not the first time FMCSA has commented on OSA. The agency's own Medical Review Board began issuing recommendations back in 2000 on the screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of truckers afflicted with sleep apnea.

The current pre-rule activity is
in line with legislation passed by Congress in 2013 that instructs FMCSA on the regulatory approach it must take regarding OSA.  

That law does not require the agency to issue any sleep-apnea policy or regulation. Rather, the bill states that no policy can be issued without the agency first conducting a thorough analysis of the prevalence of OSA among commercial drivers; the range of possible actions to address the problem; and the costs and benefits that may result.
Share The Road
We are in need of volunteers for Share The Road in Billings January 4, 5 & 6 from 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day.
A reminder for those volunteering equipment, please remember that we need your equipment at the location by 3:35 p.m. before the class starts. 

Each piece of equipment needs 2 people (driver and helper) and we also require
 additional cars/pick-ups to go in the no zones.

Any help you can provide in these areas would be appreciated. 
 For questions please contact Frank Molodecki at

Senior High
Driver/Truck 1
Driver/Truck 2
Instructor 1
Driver/Truck 1
 Ankrum Trucking - Brian Ankrum
Driver/Truck 2
Instructor 1
Motor Carriers of Montana - Kevin DeWitt 
West High
Driver/Truck 1
SAGE Technical Services - Bill Carr Jr.
Driver/Truck 2
Ankrum Trucking - Brian Ankrum 
Instructor 1
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