Video Blog: New Venture Part 1

New Venture Part 1. If you are interested in obtaining your own authority, watch this clip outlining what you need to get started. Rob, an account manager for CNS, will give some pointers on what needs to be completed and in what order.

Part 2 will be with Ron Haws Northern Insurance Specialists agency director talking insurance for new ventures.

 

 

 

 

FMCSA Grants American Concrete Pumping Association HOS Exemption

The American Concrete Pumping Association has won a temporary exemption from select hours-of-service rules by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

According to a document published in the Federal Register on Nov. 1, the exemption relaxes the requirement that short haul drivers using the records-of-duty status exception return to their starting location within 12 hours of coming on duty.

FMCSA’s exemption will allow drivers operating concrete pumps to return to their starting point within 14 hours instead of 12. The exemption took effect Nov. 1 and expires Oct. 31, 2023.“FMCSA has analyzed the exemption application and the public comments and has determined that the exemption, subject to the terms and conditions imposed, will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption,” the FMCSA states.

The industry organization, which represents more than 600 companies and 7,000 workers, compared it’s work to that of ready-mixed-concrete drivers whose perishable products necessitate time-sensitive hauls.

The association also stated that concrete pump operators spend little time actually driving. The average concrete pump operator spends 25-32% of his or her shift driving, and daily trips usually are less than 25 miles. The association said that the majority of operators’ time is spent waiting on ready-mixed concrete for them to pump.

FMCSA Military Driver Programs

A Winning Strategy for Service Members, Veterans, the Transportation Industry and our Nation

Washington D.C- As we recognize our veterans on this holiday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proud to help experienced military drivers transition to commercial driving careers. These individuals offer a proven work ethic, personal discipline and invaluable training and skills. Leveraging their skills is a service to them and a gain for our nation’s commercial motor vehicle (CMV) industry.

We value the connection between service members and veterans’ capabilities, and their employment is at the heart of FMCSA programs for military drivers. To show appreciation of the training and experience gained by our military service men and women, below are FMCSA programs that make it easier, quicker and less expensive to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

  • The Military Skills Test Waiver Program exempts qualified military drivers from having to take the CDL skills test. More than 23,000 service members and veterans have taken advantage of this exemption.
  • The Even Exchange Program (or Knowledge Test Waiver) allows for qualified military drivers to be exempt from the knowledge test. When the exemption is used in conjunction with the Military Skills Test Waiver, this allows a qualified military driver to exchange his or her military license for a CDL.
  • The Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program will soon launch. This study research program will assess the safety impacts of allowing qualified military drivers younger than 21 to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
  • The Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant Program assists current or former members of the United States Armed Forces (including National Guard and reserve members) and their spouses in receiving training to transition to the motor carrier industry.

More information on these FMCSA military driver programs is available on FMCSA’S website.

Please help FMCSA support our country’s service members and veterans by spreading the word on these career transition programs.

Video Blog: Safety Rating Upgrade Frequently Asked Questions

Compliance Review, Conditional, Unsatisfactory, Notice of Claim

Frequently asked questions about the safety rating upgrade process at CNS! Chris, our VP of Business Development, interviews Hoyt Craver, our Safety Rating Upgrade Project Coordinator. We achieve incredible success with the FMCSA, learn more in this short clip.

 

2018 Brake Safety Week Results

Nearly 5,000 Commercial Motor Vehicles with Critical Brake Violations Removed from Roadways During Brake Safety Week

Greenbelt, Maryland (Nov. 6, 2018) – During Brake Safety Week, Sept. 16-22, 2018, enforcement personnel in 57 jurisdictions throughout Canada and the United States conducted 35,080 inspections on commercial motor vehicles and captured and reported data on brake violations. The majority of vehicles inspected did not have any brake-related out-of-service conditions; however, inspectors found critical vehicle inspection items in the brake systems of 4,955 (14.1 percent) of the vehicles inspected and placed those vehicles out of service until the condition(s) could be corrected.

Brake violations were the top vehicle out-of-service violation during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck 72-hour enforcement initiative in June 2018. And according to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) data (snapshot as of Sept. 28, 2018), out of 2.38 million inspections, there were 1,045,335 brake-related violations in federal fiscal 2018, with a portion of those accounting for seven of the top 20 vehicle violations. In an effort to address brake system violations, jurisdictions throughout North America participated in this year’s Brake Safety Week.

The goal of this week-long brake safety enforcement and outreach initiative is to reduce the number of crashes involving brake-related problems by raising awareness throughout the motor carrier community of the importance of properly functioning brake systems and by conducting roadside inspections to identify and remove vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways.

Brake Safety Week data also captured antilock braking systems (ABS) violations, indicating how well ABS are maintained in accordance with federal regulations. ABS help the vehicle to stop in the shortest possible distance under many conditions and to maintain steering control in situations when tires may slip. Many participating jurisdictions surveyed ABS compliance. ABS violations were counted when the malfunction lamp did not illuminate or stayed on, indicating an issue of some kind. The findings are as follows:

  • 26,143 air-braked power units required ABS; 8.3 percent (2,176) had ABS violations.
  • 17,857 trailers required ABS; 12.5 percent (2,224) had ABS violations.
  • 5,354 hydraulic-braked trucks required ABS; 4.4 percent (234) had ABS violations.
  • 651 motorcoaches/buses required ABS; 2 percent (13) had ABS violations.

Brake Safety Week deployed several strategies to help make our roadways safer:

  • Prevention – Since the dates of Brake Safety Week are announced well in advance, it gives motor carriers and drivers ample opportunity to ensure their vehicles are proactively checked and properly maintained and any issues found are corrected. Everyone wants the vehicles that are inspected to pass inspection. A vehicle that passes inspection increases overall safety.
  • Education – Brake Safety Week is an opportunity for law enforcement personnel to educate drivers and motor carriers on the inspection procedure with a focus on the vehicle’s mechanical components, especially the brake systems. Education and awareness are key in prompting preventative action to ensure each commercial motor vehicle is safe and roadworthy.
  • Action – Inspectors who identified commercial motor vehicles with critical brake issues during the inspection process were able to remove those dangerous vehicles from our roadways. If a vehicle has brake-related critical inspection items, it’s law enforcement’s duty and responsibility to place that vehicle out of service, safeguarding the public.

“Whether you’re driving a commercial motor vehicle or inspecting one, we all know the importance of properly functioning brakes,” said CVSA President Lt. Scott Carnegie with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “It is essential that we – law enforcement, drivers and motor carriers – do all that we can through prevention, education, outreach and action to ensure only the safest commercial motor vehicles are being operated by professional drivers on our roadways.”

Brake Safety Week is part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program in partnership with FMCSA and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

IFTA UPDATE: IFTA Credential Grace Period

IFTA Credential Grace Period

This Memorandum is being issued by IFTA (International Fuel Tax Association) in an effort to clarify the grace period. The IFTA Articles of Agreement, Section R655 provides:

R655 GRACE PERIOD

.100 Carriers from new member jurisdictions shall be allowed a two-month grace period from the date of the new member’s IFTA program implementation to display the IFTA license and decals. However, carriers must maintain the proper credentials for traveling in member jurisdictions until they display the valid IFTA license and decals.

.200 Carriers renewing their IFTA license and decals have a two-month grace period (January and February) to display the renewal IFTA license and decals. To operate in IFTA jurisdictions during this grace period, carriers must display either valid current or prior year IFTA license and decals from the jurisdiction in which they were operating or a valid single-trip permit from the IFTA jurisdiction in which they are operating.

Because there are no new member jurisdictions implementing the IFTA in 2018, R655.200 above is the applicable language for the grace period in 2019.

Carriers must display one or more of the following to travel through IFTA member jurisdictions for the first two months of 2019.

1) A valid 2019 IFTA license and two IFTA decals issued by an IFTA member jurisdiction.

2) A valid 2018 IFTA license and two IFTA decals from an IFTA member jurisdiction (if a renewal application has been filed for 2019); or

3) A valid trip permit issued by the IFTA member jurisdiction through which they are operating.

Please be advised that IFTA License Renewals for 2019 MUST BE FILED WITH YOUR BASE JURISDICTION BEFORE THE END OF 2018. The two-month grace period is for display of renewal credentials, not to file your renewal application for those credentials (See R655.200 above).

In order to have a seamless operation into the new calendar year, we encourage you to file your renewal
application with your base jurisdiction well before December 31, 2018.

R630 of the IFTA Articles of Agreement provides:

Carriers renewing credentials may operate with the IFTA decals and license two months prior to the effective date shown on the credentials. However, those carriers are responsible for filing a fourth quarter report for the year preceding the effective date of the new credentials, including all operations for that quarter.

If you need help obtaining your IFTA sticker Contact Us Today!

IRP Update: Kentucky Updated Fee Schedule

Kentucky Updated Fee Schedule, Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, IRP Changes

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released a memo stating that Kentucky ad valorem fee conversion factor will change effective January 1, 2019.

Conversion Factor Table and Fee Calculation Example

 

KY Fee Table

Example Fee Calculation:

Ad Valorem Fee – Purchase Price ($100,000.00) X Year of Purchase Factor (.00608) = $608.00 X Kentucky Mileage Percentage (.50) = $304.00

Weight Fee – 80,000 Pound Weight Fee ($1,410.00) X Kentucky Mileage Percentage (.50) = $705.00

Total Fee – $304.00+ $705.00 = $1009.00

Note: The ad valorem fee is not applicable to any current year purchase and is not prorated.

IRP Update: Utah Decal

IRP Update: Utah Decal

Utah State Tax Commission has announced Effective January 1, 2019 Utah DMV Motor Carrier Services will no longer issue month or year decals for apportioned license plates. Utah Code 41-1a-301 (6)(d)(iii)(B) reads,
“A registrant of an apportioned vehicle is not required to display month or year decals.” Owners are still required to maintain current registration for all apportioned vehicles, and present cab cards to law enforcement when requested.

For questions please contact Motor Carrier Services 801-297-6800.

Progressive Smart Haul Program | Northern Insurance Specialists

Progressive Smart Haul Program

Northern Insurance Specialists (NIS) is proud to offer Progressive Smart Haul® Program. The Smart Haul® program is a usage-based insurance program. The Smart Haul® program will save drivers a minimum of 3 percent on their initial Progressive 12-month policy that has primary liability coverage. Progressive will assess the data at each renewal to determine the savings.

‘At NIS we are always looking for ways to help our commercial truck and auto customers save money. Now NIS and Progressive Commercial have teamed up to bring truckers a powerful new way to save money on their commercial truck insurance. Whether you’re a new venture or seasoned owner operator, the Progressive Smart Haul Program is fast, easy and can save you substantial dollars on your commercial truck insurance’ says Ron Haws Agency Director of Northern Insurance Specialists.

If eligible, you can choose to participate in Smart Haul® when getting your quote. If you do you’ll get an instant 3% savings just for granting access to your driving data. Then Progressive will work with your ELD vendor to see if you’re eligible for additional savings up to a total of 18%. The amount is determined by reviewing your recent driving data, which can include information about your vehicle, driving behavior, location and other diagnostics. Your savings depends on how safe your driving is compared to truckers who do similar work. As long as you stay a Progressive customer and choose to participate in the program, Progressive will automatically adjust your premium at each renewal to reflect your most recent driving data.

Smart Haul is available in most states. To qualify you must have an ELD, a USDOT number and Primary Liability coverage on you Progressive for-hire truck policy.

Progressive is the #1 truck insurer and NIS is a top agency performer for Progressive Truck Insurance. Northern Insurance Specialists LLC currently writes commercial auto insurance in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas.

Talk to a Trucking Insurance Specialists

Northern Insurance Specialists can help further explain the process as well as communicate the savings you will receive. Give one of our specialists a call to get the process started and to experience how quick you can see the savings apply to your Premium. The savings will only get better over time, so why not START now!
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