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PSP MCMIS Data Update Hire Safer Drivers

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FMCSA studied PSP’s impact on safety and the results showed that companies using PSP to screen new hires lowered their crash rates by 8% and driver out-of-service rates by 17%, on average!

The FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) Website has been updated with the December 29, 2017 snapshot from the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS).  The term “snapshot” refers to data captured from the MCMIS database as it appears on a particular date.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

Account holders must use the new driver disclosure and authorization form before requesting a PSP record. Have you purchased your PSP record in the last five days? Access it again here for no charge.

DRIVERS, ACCESS YOUR PSP RECORD TODAY

Your PSP record includes your five-year crash and three-year inspection history from FMCSA’s MCMIS database and costs $10. Review your PSP record today! GET YOUR PSP RECORD

 

The program helps carriers make more informed hiring decisions by providing secure, electronic access to a commercial driver’s five-year crash and three-year inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). PSP records are available for commercial drivers and companies conducting pre-employment screening for the carrier industry.

The PSP customer service team is available Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 6 PM ET, and on Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM ET.  You can email them at PSPhelp@egov.com or call them toll-free at 1-877-642-9499.

PSP records contain descriptions of any FMCSA-reportable crashes that occurred in the last five years, or roadside inspections that happened in the last three years. The record will show any crashes or inspections with which you were involved, without indicating that these incidents were your fault. View a sample PSP record.

PSP AND MVR: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) PSP report and a state motor vehicle record (MVR) offer different
information. Both are important sources of data to consider when hiring a commercial driver. Let’s look at the differences.

WHAT’S IN A PSP REPORT?
• Crash and roadside inspection data are submitted to FMCSA and stored in the Motor Carrier Management Information
System (MCMIS). PSP reports consist of commercial motor vehicle driver information from the federal MCMIS database.
• A PSP report displays a driver’s 5-year crash history and 3-year roadside inspection history. This includes all serious safety
violations that are cited during an inspection. Conviction information is not included on the PSP report.
• When requesting a PSP record, motor carriers should submit each CDL number a driver has held in the last 5 years.

WHAT’S IN AN MVR?
• States maintain records of drivers’ motor vehicle convictions known as MVRs. Conviction data is posted
periodically to an MVR, depending on each state’s unique process.
• An MVR includes information related only to the driver’s license issued by a particular state and includes data for
any type of vehicle, including passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial trucks, and buses.
• An MVR displays only a driver’s conviction data, which typically remains on an MVR for 3-5 years, but this varies by state.

WHY ARE THE REPORTS DIFFERENT?
• An MVR shows what a driver has been convicted of by a state court.
• Citations, warnings, and tickets yet to be settled in the courts will not appear on an MVR.
• A PSP report includes violations collected at the roadside inspection or crash, which is sent to MCMIS. The PSP
report does not include citations, warnings, or tickets.
• Violations from a roadside inspection, or a crash, will not appear on an MVR. Convictions resulting from a
violation will appear on an MVR. These violations, however, will remain on the driver’s PSP report.
• A PSP report and MVR may not match, because a citation, warning, or ticket can be reduced by a state court.
• MVR records and PSP records are maintained by different sources. State agencies are responsible for MVRs.
FMCSA is responsible for the PSP report. The two records are not linked.
Motor carriers can access a driver’s MVR by contacting the motor vehicle division in the license-issuing state.

All records state where and when a crash or inspection occurred.  Crash records also note any fatalities, injuries, or towaways, and inspection records display any co-driver involvement and out-of-service status when applicable. The PSP record does not assign a score or point values.

The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) earned a Gold MarCom Award in the Promotion/Marketing Materials category for its redesigned program fact sheets. MarCom Awards recognize outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design, and production of marketing and communications materials and programs. FMCSA and NIC Federal dedicate creative resources to encouraging PSP adoption.

MarCom is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization, founded in 1995, consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital and web professionals.

 

Ford recalls 73,000 Transit vans, 30,000 F-150 pickups

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The reference number for this recall is 17S34.

Affected vehicles include 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from Feb. 3, 2014 to Aug. 2, 2017.The recall involves about 65,000 U.S. vehicles and some 8,000 in Canada.

Specifically, these affect 2015-2017 Transits and certain 2017 and 2018 F-150 pickups, with the Transit vans representing by far the largest number of vehicles being recalled.

I. 2015-2017 Ford Transit vehicles equipped with trailer tow module

Ford is recalling approximately 73,000 2015-2017 Ford Transit vans with trailer tow modules. Water can get into the module and connector, Ford said, potentially corroding wiring and damaging the module.

The reference number for this recall is 17S35.

II. 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles with 3.3L engine, 6-speed automatic transmission and column-mounted shift lever

Ford is recalling about 15,000 2018 Ford F-150 trucks with 3.3L engines, six-speed transmissions and column-mounted shift lever due to inaccurate gear selection that could result in unintended vehicle movement.

In affected vehicles, moving the transmission shifter from park to drive rapidly may cause loss of the “PRNDL” gear indication in the instrument cluster and momentary engagement of reverse before the vehicle moves forward. Read the entire article.

 

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Interstate or Intrastate what is the difference

What is the difference between interstate commerce and intrastate commerce?

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Interstate commerce is trade, traffic, or transportation involving the crossing of a State boundary.

Either the vehicle, its passengers, or cargo must cross a State boundary, or there must be the intent to cross a State boundary to be considered an interstate carrier.

Intrastate commerce is trade, traffic, or transportation within a single State.

If your operations include interstate commerce, you must comply with the applicable Federal safety regulations and Operating Authority rules, in addition to State and local requirements. You must notify the State in which you plan to register your vehicle(s) of your intentions to operate in interstate commerce to ensure that the vehicle is properly registered for purposes of the International Registration Plan (IRP), and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). The base State will help you by collecting the appropriate fees and distributing a portion of those fees to the other States in which you operate commercial motor vehicles.

If you operate exclusively in intrastate commerce , you must comply with applicable State and local regulations. The only Federal regulations that are applicable to intrastate operations are: the commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirement, for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles as defined in 49 CFR 383.5; controlled substances and alcohol testing for all persons required to possess a CDL; and minimum levels of financial responsibility for the intrastate transportation of certain quantities of hazardous materials and substances.

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What does it cost for obtaining my authority

What is the cost for obtaining a Big Rig Trucking Operating Authority?

What is the cost for obtaining an Operating Authority? We explain it here

Each individual Operating Authority is $300. Separate filing fees must be submitted with the application at the time of processing for each Authority sought. For instance, requests for Common Carrier of Property Motor Carrier and Contract Property Motor Carrier Authority will require two $300 fees ($600). Payments can be combined. FILING FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

1. You can file for the following operating authorities with the OP-1 Application For Motor Property Carrier and Broker Authority:

Motor Common Carrier of Property except Household Goods;
Motor Contract Carrier of Property except Household Goods;
Motor Common Carrier of Household Goods,
Motor Contract Carrier of Household Goods,
Broker of Property except Household Goods,
Broker of Household Goods,
United States Based Enterprise Owned or Controlled By Persons of Mexico Providing Truck Services For The Transportation of International Cargo (Except Household Goods);
United States Based Enterprise Owned or Controlled By Persons of Mexico Providing Truck Services For The Transportation of International Household Goods

2. OP-1(FF) – Application for Freight Forwarder Authority
3. OP-1(P) – Application for Motor Passenger Carrier Authority
4. OP-1(MX) – Application to Register Mexico-based Carriers for Motor Carrier Authority to Operate Beyond U.S. Municipalities and Commercial Zones on the U.S.-Mexico Border
5. OP-2 – Application for Mexican Certificate of Registration for Foreign Motor Carriers and Foreign Motor Private Carriers Under 49 U.S.C. 1302.

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FMCSA Update: ELD Information for Big Rig Truckers

The electronic logging device (ELD) rule – congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.

The ELD final rule does not change any of the basic hours-of-service rules or exceptions. For more information regarding hours-of-service.
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The FMCSA ELD Rule:
•Specifies who is covered by the rule and exceptions to it.
•Provides for ELDS to be self-certified and registered with FMCSA.
•Includes technical specifications to ensure ELDs are standardized and compliant.
•Includes a phased implementation timeline to give drivers and carriers time to comply.
•Includes provisions to help prevent data tampering and harassment of drivers.
•Creates standard data displays and data transfer processes, making it easier to demonstrate compliance and faster to share RODS with safety officials.

 

The ELD Rule applies to most all of the motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). The rule applies to commercial buses as well as trucks. Canada- and Mexico-domiciled drivers are included, unless they qualify for one of the exceptions to the ELD rule.

ELD Rule Exceptions

The following are not required to use ELDs (but carriers may choose to use ELDs even if they are not required):

  • Drivers who use paper logs no more than 8 days during any 30-day period.
  • Driveaway-towaway drivers (were the vehicle driven is the commodity) or the vehicle being transported is a motor home or a recreation vehicle trailer (at least one set of wheels of the vehicle being transported must be on the surface while being transported)
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000.

Read more at the Official FMCSA website.

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FMCSA Establishes National Drug – Alcohol Testing FMCSA Drug Testing Truck Drivers

FMCSA Drug Testing Truck Drivers. This is a major safety win for the general public and the entire commercial motor vehicle industry
This is a major safety win for the general public and the entire commercial motor vehicle industry.

December 2, 2016

FMCSA Drug Testing Truck Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers. The clearinghouse database will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.

“An overwhelming majority of the nation’s freight travels by truck, and millions of passengers reach their destinations by bus, so creating a central, comprehensive, and searchable database of commercial motor vehicle drivers who violate federal drug and alcohol testing requirements has been a departmental priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This system will be a new technological tool that will make our roads safer.”

Once the clearinghouse is established, motor carrier employers will be required to query the system for information concerning current or prospective employees who have unresolved violations of the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations that prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). It also requires employers and medical review officers to report drug and alcohol testing program violations.

The drug and alcohol clearinghouse final rule annual net benefits are an estimated $42 million, with crash reductions resulting from annual and pre-employment queries by FMCSA-regulated motor carriers.

“This is a major safety win for the general public and the entire commercial motor vehicle industry,” said FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling. “The clearinghouse will allow carriers across the country to identify current and prospective drivers who have tested positive for drugs or alcohol, and employ those who drive drug- and alcohol-free. Drivers who test positive for drugs or alcohol will no longer be able to conceal those test results from employers and continue to drive while posing a safety risk to the driving public.”

The final rule requires motor carriers, medical review officers, third-party administrators, and substance abuse professionals to report information about drivers who:
•Test positive for drugs or alcohol;
•Refuse drug and alcohol testing; and
•Undergo the return-to-duty drug and alcohol rehabilitation process.

Additionally, motor carriers will be required to annually search the clearinghouse for current employees, and during the pre-employment process for prospective employees, to determine whether a driver violated drug or alcohol testing requirements with a different employer that would prohibit them from operating a CMV.

Learn more at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/fmcsa-establishes-national-drug-and-alcohol-testing-clearinghouse-commercial-truck-and-bus

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Common ” Big Rig Quote” or Box Trucks or Straight Truck operations and Coverages

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Primary Liability: Mandated truck insurance coverage which protects from injury or damage to others as a result of a truck accident.

Physical Damage: Protection covering the repair or replacement of the truck or trailer.

Motor Truck Cargo: Protection for the transporter for his responsibility in the event of damaged or lost freight.

Trailer Interchange: Coverage for the legal liability of truckers for damage or loss to non-owned trailers and equipment which insured’s possess under a written trailer interchange agreement.

Non-Trucking Liability: Provides limited liability truck insurance for owner operators who are leased permanently to an ICC regulated carrier.

ICC Authority: Interstate Operating Authority is permission that is granted by the federal government to transport freight that regulated across state lines.

Big Rig Insurance Programs do not require minimum driving or business experience to get a trucking insurance policy. We provide insurance to everyone from seasoned OTR veterans to route delivery rookies. We even insure drivers who just got their CDL (Commercial Drivers License) or, depending on your vehicle, those who don’t have a CDL at all can get commercial trucking insurance at a great rate. Veteran drivers and businesses may be able to benefit from our experienced CDL business discounts.

Common “Big Rig Truck Insurance Quote” Box Trucks or Straight Truck operations Coverage’s offered.

Liability Coverages:

    • Primary Liability—up to $2,000,000 combined single limit (depending on carrier)
    • Non-trucking Liability
      • $300,000
      • $500,000
      • $750,000
      • $1,000,000
    • Hired Auto
    • Non-owned Auto
    • Excess and/or umbrella up to $5,000,000
    • Medical Payments (PIP Benefits) (where applicable)
    • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist
    • Blanket Lessee
    • Pollution Buyback

    Physical Damage:

    • Collision, Comprehensive or Specified perils
    • Aggregate and combined deductibles
    • Rental reimbursement
    • Gap coverage
    • Personal effects for drivers
    • Towing coverage

    Big “Rig Quote” Form Coverages available:

    All Risk & Broad Form Policies

    • Refer breakdown
    • Wetness and dampness
    • Loading and Unloading
    • Debris removal
    • Pollution clean up
    • Aggregate deductibles
    • Earned freight charges
    • High valued commodities

    Other Big “Rig Quote” Products

    • General Liability: $1,000,000 Occurrence; possibly up to $2,000,000 Aggregate
    • Commercial Property-Surety Bonds
    • Workers’ Compensation
    • Occupational Accident Coverage

Typical Types of Big Rig commodities hauled.

Agricultural

  • Fertilizer
  • Livestock
  • Grain
  • Dry Van: General commodities including
    • Groceries
    • Paper products
    • Auto parts
    • Electronics, etc

    Dump Truck Types

    • Sand
    • Gravel
    • Aggregates of all kinds

    Flatbed

    • Building Materials
    • Steel
    • Heavy equipment
    • Machinery

    Refrigerated

    • Boxed meat
    • Produce
    • Seafood
    • Other Frozen foods

    Specialized carriers

    • Pneumatics
    • Autos
    • Mail
    • OSOD

    Tankers

    • Milk
    • Water
    • Dry Bulk
    • Fuel Haulers
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US government proposes new speed limits for big rig vehicles

FMCSA is proposing a complementary Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) requiring multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses and school buses with a GVWR of more than 11,793.4 kilograms (26,000 pounds) operating in interstate commerce to be equipped with a speed limiting device meeting the requirements of the proposed FMVSS applicable to the vehicle at the time of manufacture, including the requirement that the device be set to a speed not greater than the specified speed.

Motor carriers operating such vehicles in interstate commerce would be required to maintain the speed limiting devices for the service life of the vehicle.

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NHTSA is proposing that speed limiting device requirements apply to all multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses with a GVWR of more than 11,793.4 kg (26,000 pounds). NHTSA considered several factors in determining the GVWR threshold for the proposed FMVSS. These vehicles carry the heaviest loads, and small increases in their speed have larger effects on the force of impact in a crash. Additionally, many of these vehicles are regulated by FMCSA and its State partners, permitting the establishment of an FMCSR to ensure the enforcement of the speed limiting requirements throughout the life of the vehicles.

The agencies estimate that limiting the speed of heavy vehicles to 60 mph would save 162 to 498 lives annually, limiting the speed of heavy vehicles to 65 mph would save 63 to 214 lives annually, and limiting the speed of heavy vehicles to 68 mph would save 27 to 96 lives annually.

Although they believe that the 60 mph alternative would result in additional safety benefits, we are not able to quantify the 60 mph alternative with the same confidence as the 65 mph and 68 mph alternatives.