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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Volume 7 --- Issue 9
FMCSA Extends Safety-Fitness Rulemaking Comment Period
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public comment period for its proposed rule on safety fitness determinations for motor carriers.

The deadline for comments is now May 23, 2016. Reply comments will be due on or before June 23, 2016. 

FMCSA said that stakeholder requests led to the comment extension.  
The requests for extending the comment period reflects the controversy that the SFD rulemaking stirred up- even before it was officially released.

We would encourage our members to submit comments on this proposed rulemaking.  For a copy of suggested talking points, or a copy of a sample comment letter, please contact Don Egli, at 515-244-5193, or via email at [email protected].

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FMCSA Commisions Study on CSA
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it had commissioned a study of its safety performance scoring system.
Under the 2015 FAST Act highway law, the agency is required to review its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has been commissioned to carry out the review of CSA.
The focus of the review will be on CSA's safety methodology as well as safety indicators for motor carriers.

Key trucking executives have criticized the accuracy of CSA scores.

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DOT Seeking Sleep Apena Input
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration jointly announced that the agencies are seeking public comment during the next 90 days on the impacts of screening, evaluating, and treating CMV drivers and rail workers for obstructive sleep apnea.

The agencies said their Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a.k.a. a "pre-rule," is "the first step" in considering whether to propose specific requirements around OSA. 

The pre-rule, 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."

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FREE IMTA Webinar Taking Place March 31 @ 10am

Join IMTA President, Brenda Neville, for an informative update on the association's 2016 priorities, as well as an update on legislative activities and priorities on both the state and national level.  Attendees will learn what your association staff is doing to protect and represent your interests.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the association and ensure that you are getting the most out of your membership dollars.  Additionally, if you have a specific question or topic you would like covered, please contact the IMTA office and it will be added to the agenda!

To register for this completely FREE webinar, please visit

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Proposed Rule to Ease Transition of Military Truck Drivers
FMCSA will issue a proposed rule to amend commercial driver license regulations that would ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry.
The proposal would extend the time period for applying for a skills test waiver to one year after leaving a military position that requires operation of a commercial vehicle. 
It also would allow states to accept applications and administer the written and skills tests for a commercial learner permit or CDL from active-duty military personnel who are stationed in that state.
States that choose to accept such applications would be required to transmit the test results electronically to the state of domicile of the military driver, and would be required to issue the CDL or CLP on the basis of the results, the agency said. 

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SOURCE:  Transport Topics
ATRI Soliciting Trucking Industry Crash Cost Data for New Research
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry's not-for-profit research organization, today launched a new data collection initiative to create a database of motor carrier crash costs by crash type and severity. This data collection will populate ATRI research designed to enable carriers to make better informed Onboard Safety System (OSS) deployment decisions.
This request for data is targeted toward motor carriers.  ATRI is also working with its insurance industry partners to complete the crash cost database. 

This research was identified as a top priority by ATRI's Research Advisory Committee and will update a number of Onboard Safety System cost-benefit analyses that ATRI has published over the past decade. 

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IMTA Safety Professionals Conference April 20 & 21

Staying current on the safety trends of the industry is a continual, uphill challenge.  Because of this, the Iowa Council of Safety Management has created the Safety Professionals Conference as an opportunity for attendees to network and learn valuable information and ideas about how to stay current and improve safety in your company.  This two-day conference will provide the education and a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among attendees.

For more information, including a schedule of events, please visit --- and while you're there you may also register online to attend!
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Brenda Neville, President  [email protected]
Jon Dill, Membership Manager  [email protected]
Don Egli, Director of Safety  [email protected]
DeAnn Moody, Office Manager  [email protected]
Janelle Stevens, Director of Communications, Education & Events [email protected]
Whitney Tapia, Marketing & Public Relations Manager [email protected]