FMCSA Commences Annual Motor Carriers' Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey
FMCSA Commences Annual Motor Carriers’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in accordance with 49 CFR § 382.403, has commenced notifying selected truck and bus companies to submit their annual DOT drug and alcohol testing program results to FMCSA.
The notification is being sent to randomly selected motor carriers via electronic mail. Those selected are responsible for ensuring the completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of their data submission. Instructions on how to respond and qualifying exemptions are included in the notification.
The selected motor carriers must submit their calendar year 2014 results by May 15, 2015.
We have had a few calls to the Association office regarding the sale of B-10 in Minnesota. On April 30, 2014 Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that modified the biodiesel mandate chapter 239.77. The following should help you understand the changes and what actions you will need to take to sell biodiesel at retail…
• On April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015, considered warm months, the biodiesel content must be at least 10% biodiesel fuel by volume going forward.
• During the cold weather months, October 1 through March 31, the biodiesel mandate reverts back to at least 5% biodiesel fuel by volume.
• On April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 the biodiesel mandate moves to 20% biodiesel fuel by volume.
• #2 Biodiesel Exemptions include…
• Motors located at an electric generating plant regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
• Railroad locomotives.
• Off-road taconite and copper mining equipment and machinery.
• Off-road logging equipment and machinery.
• Vessels of the United States Coast Guard and vessels subject to inspection under United States Code, title 46, section 3301.
• Generators tested and validated by an entity that designs and manufactures the generators for use in jurisdictions where biodiesel use is not required.
• The exemptions listed above do not have a sunset date.
• Number 1 diesel fuel is exempt year round until May 21, 2020.
• The Federal Trade Commission sticker (see below) is required at the point-of-sale on all retail diesel fuel pumps.
Spring Load Restrictions
The ENDING DATE for Spring Load Restrictions in the CENTRAL FROST ZONE will be Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:01 AM.
The ENDING DATE for Spring Load Restrictions in the NORTH-CENTRAL and NORTH FROST ZONES will be Friday, May 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM.
Spring Load Restrictions have ended in the SOUTH, SOUTHEAST and METRO FROST ZONES.
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Exception under Minnesota Statute: 169.87 SEASONAL LOAD RESTRICTION; ROUTE DESIGNATION.
Subd. 7.Cargo tank vehicles. (a) Weight restrictions imposed by the commissioner under subdivisions 1 and 2 do not apply to cargo tank vehicles with two or three permanent axles when delivering propane for heating or dyed fuel oil on seasonally weight-restricted roads if the vehicle is loaded at no more than 50 percent capacity of the cargo tank.
(b) To be exempt from weight restrictions under paragraph (a), a cargo tank vehicle used for propane must have an operating gauge on the cargo tank that shows the amount of propane as a percent of capacity of the cargo tank. Documentation of the capacity of the cargo tank must be available on the cargo tank or in the cab of the vehicle. For purposes of this subdivision, propane weighs 4.2 pounds per gallon.
(c) To be exempt from weight restrictions under paragraph (a), a cargo tank vehicle used for dyed fuel oil must utilize the forward two tank compartments and must carry documentation of the empty weight of the cargo tank vehicle from a certified scale in the cab of the vehicle. For purposes of this subdivision, dyed fuel oil weighs seven pounds per gallon.
(d) To the extent practicable, cargo tank vehicles that are exempt from weight restrictions under paragraph (a) shall complete deliveries on seasonally weight-restricted roads by 12:00 p.m. and before the last week of April.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a Vital Signs report focused on truck driver safety. This is a critical public health issue because motor vehicle crashes are by far the leading cause of on-the-job deaths for truck drivers in the United States, and truck crashes affect others with whom truckers share the road. In 2012, an estimated 317,000 motor vehicle crashes involving a large truck were reported to police. During the same year, crashes of large trucks and buses cost the U.S. economy about $99 billion.
Though the CDC is using 2012 data in its report the facts have not changed in 2015, if you where your seat belt you can save your life.
Key points in the report include:
• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for truck and bus drivers: In 2012, 65% of on-the-job deaths of truck drivers were due to a motor vehicle crash. Approximately 700 truck drivers or their passengers died in crashes and 26,000 truck drivers or their passengers were injured.
• Wearing a seat belt matters: More than 1 in 3 truck drivers who died in crashes in 2012 were not wearing a seat belt. Buckling up could have prevented up to 40% of these deaths. Using a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent crash injuries and deaths, yet 1 in 6 truck drivers doesn’t use a seat belt.
• Employers play a pivotal role in trucker safety: Employers can help prevent truck crashes, injuries, and deaths by establishing driver safety programs that include a requirement that everyone in the truck buckle up, as well as policies to reduce crash risks such as drowsy and distracted driving.
CDC MMWR REPORT FACT SHEET - TRUCK SAFETY CDC PRESS RELEASE
Minnesota's MINIMUM WAGE
Minnesota's minimum-wage increases August 1, 2014…
Minnesota's minimum-wage rates rise up to $8 an hour beginning August 1, 2014. In the coming two years, the new law will move wage rates higher in August 2015 and again in August 2016 when the top rate goes to $9.50 an hour. In January 2018, the rate will be indexed to inflation based on economic conditions…
DOT Medical Professionals
More Than 30,000 Medical Professionals Now Listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers. Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for gaining their certification. All interstate commercial truck and bus drivers must pass a USDOT medical examination at least once every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate and maintain their commercial driver’s license (CDL). As required by federal regulation, effective May 21, 2014, all new USDOT medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers (both CDL and non-CDL drivers) are required to be performed by a medical examiner who has completed the required training and passed a certification test. The USDOT medical examination looks at a range of conditions to assess a driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision, and hearing. To meet the needs of professional drivers throughout the country, there are certified examiners in every state, and dozens or hundreds in most cities that can be located by visiting http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/.