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Friday, January 8, 2016
Volume 7 --- Issue 1
UCRA Enforcement Postponed
The fees for 2016 payable by interstate motor carriers and other entities under the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement were due by the end of calendar 2015, and enforcement was due to begin, at least in many states, at the first of this year.

The UCR program, however, does not require those paying the fees to display any credential in or on motor vehicles; enforcement depends largely on the electronic records of carriers' payments shown in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's SAFER system. SAFER, however, has recently had problems receiving state updates on which carriers have paid UCR fees, so that state enforcement personnel at roadside may find no record of payment for a carrier that has complied with its obligations.

Some carriers have received tickets for operating without having paid their UCR fees when in fact they have been paid. Due to that fact, the UCRA Board recommended to the states that they postpone UCR enforcement until February 1, 2016, to allow time for FMCSA to resolve its system problems, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has also requested its member states' enforcement agencies to do likewise.

SOURCE:  ATA Daily Update
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FMCSA Withdraws Proposed Rule to Require Equipment Compliance Decals
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have required motor carriers operating in interstate commerce to have all vehicles display certification that all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in effect at the time the vehicles were manufactured were met.

FMCSA said it withdrew the NPRM "because commenters raised substantive issues which have led the agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal." The agency added that it determined it can ensure carriers maintain the safety equipment and features in the FMVSS by enforcing current regulations, making an additional regulation unnecessary.

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SOURCE:  CCJ
Virginia Tech to Lead FMCSA-Funded Flexible HOS Study
Virginia Tech, along with subcontractors from Washington State and SmartDrive, has been awarded a $2.5 million contract from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study a flexible hours-of-service safety provision that will allow long haul truck drivers to split their required sleeper berth time into shorter periods.

Commercial truck drivers are currently required to log at least 10 consecutive off-duty hours before returning to on-duty status.

The study hopes to include at least 200 long haul truck drivers from large, medium and small carriers as well as owner-operators, who regularly use their sleeper berths. 

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SOURCE:  Transport Topics
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FREE IMTA Webinar:  State of the Economy
IMTA welcomes Bob Costello, Chief Economist at the American Trucking Associations, to the IMTA member webinar series to share an update on the current economic situation as it relates to trucking.

You won't want to miss this webinar. The information will be of benefit to all trucking company personnel and should help you in making economic and operation decisions as they relate to your company, as well as give you an understanding of the current state of our country's economy.

For more webinar information, or to register online, visit www.iowamotortruck.com
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CVSA
CVSA Driver Excellence Award
Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recognizes the exceptional careers of professional commercial motor vehicle drivers and their commitment to public safety. CVSA officially acknowledges these individuals through the annual International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA).

This annual award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver, distinguishing themselves conspicuously and beyond the call of duty through the achievement of safe operation and compliance carried out with evident distinction for an extended period of time.


For more information on this award opportunity, visit www.iowamotortruck.com
Operation Safe Driver Week Results
Law enforcement officers conducted 19,480 roadside inspections on commercial drivers and vehicles during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's 2015 Operation Safe Driver.

The total number of inspections dropped from the 24,184 conducted in 2014's Safe Driver inspection blitz. The top five warnings and citations issued to commercial truck drivers were size and weight, speeding, failure to use a seatbelt, failure to obey a traffic control device and using a handheld phone.

In total, 13,807 commercial vehicles were inspected during the week. In all, 4,062 citations and 3,923 warnings were given to commercial vehicle drivers.

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SOURCE:  CCJ
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PHMSA Pulls Wetlines Rulemaking
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has withdrawn a decade-old rulemaking proposal that would have stopped flammable liquids from being transported in unprotected product piping (generally referred to as "wetlines") of new and existing cargo tankers.

The rule would have required the piping be protected against accident or bottom damages, or designed to be emptied of flammable liquid. PHMSA also issued this proposed requirement to fully address a long-standing National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Recommendation.

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SOURCE:  Fleet Owner
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