CDL Drivers Must Continue to Carry Medical Certificates Until 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors.

In Dec. 2008, FMCSA issued a Final Rule modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying recordkeeping obligations for drivers, carriers and state governments by requiring that a driver’s medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs. States received support from FMCSA to implement the necessary IT system upgrades and merge the records into one, online database – the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS). FMCSA announced the one-year extension today to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new system.

For a copy of the Federal Register announcement, click here.



The Safety Management Council of the American Trucking Associations has asked us to pass along the following important message:

“The Wisconsin State Patrol has asked us to alert our membership to an issue they are experiencing.   Trucks are coming up from the south without winter fuel.  They have had several stall on the interstate already today and with temps falling this weekend it will be a real issue next week”

Please be mindful of the winter weather temperatures and make sure you and the carrier you are operating for have taken the proper steps to winterize trucks for the frigid temperatures the Northern United States are experiencing.

Stay warm and BE SAFE out there!

30 Minute Break Requirment for Short Haul Drivers

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has recently announced that the FMCSA has published Regulatory Guidance on the 30-minute rest break requirement for drivers who become ineligible for the “Short-Haul” exception during the duty day:

“This regulatory guidance addresses application of the 30-minute break rule to interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) who begin their duty days as ‘‘short haul’’ drivers exempt from the break rule, but who occasionally exceed the short haul distance or time limits. Such drivers are then subject to the break requirement and must prepare a record-of-duty- status (RODS) for the day. The intent of the break rule would be satisfied if drivers in these situations take a break at the earliest safe opportunity after exceeding the short haul limits and explain in a RODS annotation why the rest break was not taken within the required 8 hours of the last off-duty break of at least 30 minutes.”

The effective date for this guidance issued by the FMCSA is December 19, 2013.

This information has been provided by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance .


Top 50 Logistics Companies

Just released … Transport Topics Top 50, an annual survey of the largest logistics companies. Sponsored by TransForce, Inc. To view, click here: Top 50 Logistics Companies.


In the Safety Zone™ Newsletter – Vol. 6, Issue 8

Ice-and-Snow-Take-it-SlowCheck out our latest issue of In the Safety Zone ™ featuring topics on preparing for safe winter driving, avoiding slips, trips and falls, how to ward off colds and flu, and a year in review safety quiz. In the Safety Zone Newsletter – Volume 6, Issue 8 (November 2013)

FTR State of Freight: Steady Growth, Capacity Tightening

Regulatory shocks such as the recent change in hours of service regulations are tough on trucking, but they do tend to lead to the ability of fleets to raise rates. If the Federal Motor Carrier Administration actually promulgates the kind of regulations they say they want to, the industry can expect more shocks, perhaps a batch of them by the end of 2014.

That was a key point made by Noel Perry, managing director and senior consultant with FTR, in the company’s “State of Freight” conference call last week. “Additional hires are going to be required by FMCSA changes,” he said. “If federal agencies do what they say they’re going to do, by the third quarter of 2015, we will need to hire another 160,000 drivers.” Read the full article at

Top 10 Trucking Industry Concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its top ten list of trucking industry concerns this week. Go to to read more.

In the Safety Zone™ Newsletter – Vol. 6, Issue 7

Deer crossing sign in Idaho.Check out our latest issue of In the Safety Zone ™ featuring topics on time changes mean increased road risks, handle landing gear with care, safety tips for drivers when deer on the road, and are you using the “right” GPS. In the Safety Zone Newsletter – Volume 6, Issue 7 (October 2013)

Operation Safe Driver October 20-26, 2013

CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), state, provincial and local law enforcement and industry launched the campaign in 2007 to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles. The FMCSA reports that 3,675 persons lost their lives in 2010 in truck involved traffic crashes. Driver distraction/inattention has been identified as one of the top five causation factors in large truck and bus crashes.

Operation Safe Driver will hold activities across the United States, Canada and Mexico that aim to increase commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; driver roadside inspections; driver regulatory compliance; implementation of commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; and, awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.

To learn more, go to

In the Safety Zone™ Newsletter – Vol. 6, Issue 6

3 point contactCheck out our latest issue of In the Safety Zone ™ featuring topics on National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, using 3-points of contact when entering/exiting truck cab, shoulders and injury prevention, and pre- and post-trip inspections. In the Safety Zone Newsletter – Volume 6, Issue 6 (September 2013)