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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper tells about driver fatigue

Senior Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Oaks says that every year more than thousands of trucks are being get caught for violating rules on Utah roads.

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He pulled over a truck while our camera was rolling for a mismarked bumper, but ultimately twelve violations were found including brake problems.

"This trailer could roll down the road and into oncoming traffic it could just go until inertia causes it to stop."

Brake issues are the second most common problem spotted by Utah troopers when trucks are pulled over for inspection. The most common violation is driver fatigue.

"Fatigue is an impairment the same as someone might be impaired by alcohol or drugs. We just don't respond properly."

The new regulations under consideration by the Federal Government would further limit the number of hours drivers can be behind the wheel.

If passed, the daily total would be reduced from eleven to ten. There will also be mandatory thirty minute breaks after seven hours of driving.

Drivers we spoke with were not in favor of the changes. The trucking industry says the additional hours lost on the road will amount a billion dollars in losses.

They point out and Trooper Rick Oaks agrees, a vast majority of truckers are safe, responsible and professional.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Transponders in Washington highways

Trucking lawyers in Washington should make a note on the new automated License Plate readers also called as Transponders to help officers find out the commercial drivers who are violating the Hours Of Service (HOS) rules.

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Instead of waiting in line to get checked at a weight station the same check can be done on the highway using transponder.

Trucks passing through the weigh stations in Washington will be automatically screened by this technology for their size, weight, registration, and safety record.

In addition to this, the technology also helps trucking enforcement officers to check for the active hours of the truck. The State Patrol’s new software helps them to
¤ Ensure the accuracy in driver logbooks

¤ Check whether the drivers are maintaining their Hours Of Service (HOS) time limits.
Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Washington State Patrol (WSP) has already launched more than 12 automated license plate readers throughout the state major weigh stations and entry points.

License plates and truck images are recorded every time a truck passes one of those 12 points, this makes WSP to note down the location the truck passes and also to cross-check that with the trucker’s logbook.

Recently, WSP has identified a minimum of 8 crashes where fatigued drivers had erroneous logbooks to lengthen their hours of service.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Notice to Carriers from FMCSA

Recently Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have received numerous inquiries regarding the companies who use aggressive marketing tactics to sell supervisor training to employers may be subject to the FMCSA's drug and alcohol testing requirements.

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Before entering into such training remember that FMCSA is not familiar with the companies as well as the training they offer.

According to 49 CFR §382.603 supervisors of CDL drivers should take
¤ 60 minutes of training on the symptoms of alcohol abuse

¤ Another 60 minutes of training on the symptoms of controlled usage of substances.

Employers should take the whole responsibility for meeting the training requirement of 49 CFR §382.603 ensuring that the training company from which they purchase training is providing training in the physical, behavioral, speech and performance indicators of probable alcohol misuse and use of controlled substances.

The employer should select the training he should attend by considering the above mentioned guidelines.

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