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Friday, May 13, 2016
Volume 7 --- Issue 14
IMTA Leadership Class Successfully Completes 2016 Class
The 2016 IMTA Leadership Class held their last two sessions this week at the IMTA Office.  The group successfully completed the final two-days of in-depth training focusing on personal development where attendees dedicated their time to personal growth in communications, ethical decision making and leadership skills in general.  

Previously in April, the group spent time focusing on learning more about IMTA's advocacy efforts and its important role in the legislative process on both the state and national level.  During their time at the Capitol, IMTA Leadership Class members spent time with key lawmakers as well as the Governor.  In addition, the class also learned about other valuable aspects of the association and it's roles and responsibilities to the membership and the industry.

IMTA has one of the longest running leadership programs in the nation and the continued support by the membership is a testament to the value of the program and its efforts.  First held in 1994, this four day event features interactive sessions that enable the association to keep the next generation involved and enthusiastic.  And speaking of the next generation of leaders, mark you calendars!  The annual LEAD IMTA Conference is slated for November 2 & 3 at the IMTA Office.  Information will be made available in the coming months!
2016 IMTA Leadership Class Graduates

Mitch Amhof
Amhof Trucking, Inc.
Kyle Trusty
BTI Special Commodities, Inc.
Jason Ross
Cross Dillon Tire
Brenda McNealey
Decker Truck Line, Inc.
Jim Walstrom
Des Moines Truck Brokers
Melinda Anderson
Ennis Corp.
Jen Priest
Great West Casualty Company
Grace Jensen
Hanifen Co. Inc.
Michael Jelinske
Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc.
Nick Finkenauer
McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith
Scott Ferris
MHC Kenworth
Jim Anderson
Midwest Wheel Companies
Dustin Adams
Niece Trucking
Ken Groetsch
O'Halloran International, Inc.
Devin Cipperly
Panama Transfer
Josh Schmitz
Panama Transfer
Ryan Frederiksen
Ruan Transportation
Allison Meiners
Ruan Transportation

Corey Vesely
Warren Transport
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ATRI Seeking For-Hire Carrier Data
The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking data from for-hire carriers for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report. 

The brief online questionnaire covers information such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to provide cost-per-mile and cost-per-hour data for 2015.
 
The results of the data collection, combined with previous reports, will yield trucking cost information from 2008 to 2015 derived directly from fleet operations.

Read more about this article at www.iowamotortruck.com

SOURCE:  Transport Topics
FMCSA Deactivating Carriers for Not Updating Their MCS-150 Form
In their on-going quest to keep unsafe trucks and drivers off of the road, FMCSA has been deactivating carriers who fail to update their MCS-150 Operating Authority form. As you know, this form must be updated at a minimum of every two years.

The deactivation can happen even if it has been less than two years since it was last updated. The rationale behind this is that some carriers must update their MCS-150 on even years and some carriers update on odd years. If you are an "even-year" carrier, and update on an odd year, the authority could be deactivated the following year if you fail to update on the year to which you are assigned.


Read more about this article at www.iowamotortruck.com
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Truck PAC Iowa Golf Outing --- Two Weeks Away!
There is still time to register for the annual Truck PAC Iowa Golf Outing taking place on Thursday, May 26 at the beautiful Legacy Golf Course in Norwalk, Iowa.

This event brings together folks from Iowa's trucking industry all for a good cause, fundraising for IMTA's Political Action Committee.  Rain or shine, this outing always proves to be the largest fundraiser for Truck PAC Iowa!

Single golfers, or groups of golfers are all welcome to register! 

More information on the event, including sponsorship opportunities, can be found at www.iowamotortruck.com
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Coalition Tells FMCSA to Shelve New CSA-Based Carrier Scoring Rule
A group from the U.S. House have sent a letter to FMCSA's top dog, Acting Administrator Scott Darling, urging him and his agency to halt work on its new Safety Fitness Determination carrier rating system pending the FAST Act-required reforms to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.
 
The letter is not the first sent by lawmakers regarding the agency's January-published Safety Fitness Determination rule. It also comes in a long line of letters or statements from industry groups raising concerns over the agency's procession with the SFD rule, despite Congressional direction in the December-passed FAST Act. The SFD rule proposes, in short, to change the agency's three-tier rating system (Satisfactory, Conditional, Unsatisfactory) to a two-tier system: Fit or Unfit. The rule would also more heavily tie that safety fitness determination to data derived from roadside inspections and violations, like CSA's Safety Measurement System rankings.

Read more about this article at www.iowamotortruck.com

SOURCE:  CCJ
Truck Fleets:  Examine FMCSA's New Medical Exam Form for Errors
As of last month, all certified medical examiners are required to use new medical certification forms for commercial motor vehicle drivers. These new forms are part of the FMCSA's final rule on medical certification that must now used on any CDL-related examinations.
 
Proper form usage by the physician is the first step in remaining compliant with these new regulations. As we know, all physicians performing FMCSA medical exams must be trained, tested and certified, which is a requirement that you must document in your driver files each time a driver is issued a new medical card. This can be verified using the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Assigned formal forms are required using a standardized layout. You need to make sure the physician is using MEC: MCSA - 5876 for the medical card, or MER: MCSA - 5875 for the long form. 

What should you look for on the new 5876 Medical Card?  Find out at www.iowamotortruck.com

SOURCE:  HNI Blog
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Last Regulatory Updates Seminar on Tuesday
This is your last chance to register to attend a Regulatory Updates Seminar, taking place in Sioux City on Tuesday, May 17 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

IMTA's Director of Safety, Don Egli will discuss the ever-changing regulations making an impact on the trucking industry now and going forward.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues on their missing of new, updated rule-making and this seminar will assist you and your company stay aware and to stay ahead of the game.

If you cannot personally attend, consider sending a coworker in your place!  To register online, or review the seminar details, visit www.iowamotortruck.com
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Safety-Fitness Rulemaking Comment Period Ending May 23
The public comment period for FMCSA's proposed rule on safety fitness determinations for motor carriers will end on May 23, 2016. IMTA is encouraging our members to submit your comments before the deadline.
 
On January 21, the agency published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the current methodology for issuing safety fitness determinations. The proposed rule would change the industry as we know it.

The proposed SFD rule would replace the current three-tier federal rating system of "satisfactory-conditional-unsatisfactory," which has been in place since 1982, with a single determination of "unfit." A carrier that is determined to be unfit would be required to either improve its operations or cease operations. 
 
Read more about how to file comments, or suggestions on what to include, at www.iowamotortruck.com
Trucking Alliance Opposes HOS Fix in Senate Bill
As of last month, all certified medical examiners are required to use new medical certification forms for commercial motor vehicle drivers. These new forms are part of the FMCSA's final rule on medical certification that must now used on any CDL-related examinations.
 
Proper form usage by the physician is the first step in remaining compliant with these new regulations. As we know, all physicians performing FMCSA medical exams must be trained, tested and certified, which is a requirement that you must document in your driver files each time a driver is issued a new medical card. This can be verified using the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Assigned formal forms are required using a standardized layout. You need to make sure the physician is using MEC: MCSA - 5876 for the medical card, or MER: MCSA - 5875 for the long form. 

Read more about this article at www.iowamotortruck.com

SOURCE:  Heavy Duty Trucking
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