Summer is in full swing, and families across the nation have been hitting the road for vacations. Whether driving cross-country, or taking shorter weekend jaunts, American families will be logging the miles this July and August as they do every year.
FMCSA Enhances CSA Website to Help Drivers and Carriers Get Road Smart
Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled enhancements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website to help drivers and motor carriers Get Road Smart about CSA, the Agency’s safety compliance and enforcement program. The updates include:
- Consolidated, user-friendly FMCSA safety information tailored for specific user groups, including a new Motor Carrier Resource Center and an updated Driver Safety Education Center
- Easier access to Get Road Smart materials, featuring an updated CSA Feedback Form, where anyone can order posters and a brochure, with more materials to come
- New, easy-to-read factsheets, based on the most frequently asked questions from drivers and motor carriers
The new factsheets answer questions including:
- What is CSA? – and how does it affect me?
- I got a warning letter – what do I do?
- What happens if I don’t improve my safety performance and compliance?
These enhancements to the CSA Website help to advance FMCSA’s safety mission by making it easier for drivers and motor carriers to access and understand important safety information. Visit the CSA Website to check out these enhancements (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/getroadsmart/).
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated
The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the June 20, 2014 snapshot. Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.
NOTE TO CARRIERS: There are two ways to access and view all of your safety data. Log into your Portal account (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) or log in directly to the SMS website with your FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and follow the instructions on the page.
River Valley Occupational Health, Inc. “RVOH” is pleased to inform you that our Medical Providers will be certified and registered on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners by May 21, 2014 and our Russellville and Conway locations will continue providing D.O.T (Department of Transportation) physical exams. All physicals will continue to be performed by appointment only. DOT proposed the ruling to standardize the standard of care delivered by medical providers (Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Advanced Practice Nurse, and Physician Assistants) to commercial motor vehicle drivers more than three years ago. The final ruling went into effect in 2013 and medical examiners interested in continuing to provide DOT physicals for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers , were given a period of approximately one year to receive training and pass a certification exam demonstrating both knowledge and proficiency required by law to meet FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Administration) physical qualification standards.
Re: National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners- Effective May 21, 2014
The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. It requires all medical examiners (ME’s) who want to perform physical examinations (DOT Physicals) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical exam qualification standards. Medical examiners that have completed the training and successfully passed the test are included in an on-line directory located on the National Registry website.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This law goes into effect May 21, 2014. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
What does this mean? Simply stated, soon there will be an abundant shortage of certified medical providers that meet the mandatory qualifications by federal law to perform FMCSA DOT CMV driver physical exams. RVOH would like to take this opportunity to thank-you for your business and assure you that we will continue to provide the highest quality of service in the industry.
River Valley Occupational Health, Inc. “RVOH”
For more information on the National Registry, visit the FMCSA website:
It’s no secret that tax-related filings create a lot of paperwork, but do you know the second biggest paperwork burden from federal regulations?
If you said, “hours-of-service recordkeeping for interstate truck and bus drivers,” then you are correct. But not for long, thanks to a proposed rulemaking from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Last week, FMCSA proposed a rule requiring interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles. ELDs record a driver’s record of service behind the wheel to improve compliance with the safety rules that govern the number of hours a driver can work. The new rule will improve the quality of hours-of-service data and help reduce crashes by fatigued drivers, preventing approximately 20 fatalities and 434 injuries each year for an annual safety benefit of $394.8 million…
The Safety Management Cycle (SMC) is a useful tool for identifying and addressing safety and compliance issues. In the spotlight this week is the SMC for the Controlled Substances/Alcohol Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). This resource suggests actions in each of the six operational areas that carriers can take to work towards reducing or eliminating violations by creating or improving their safety management controls.
The SMC for the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC includes recommendations such as establishing written policies and procedures that promote, verify, and enforce adherence to all controlled substance and alcohol rules and regulations. Another action a carrier may want to take is conveying expectations to all applicable staff for adhering to controlled substance and alcohol regulations and to company policies and procedures.
These and other practical tips are available in the SMC for the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC, available on the CSA Website’s SMC webpage (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/About/SMC_Overview.aspx). Also, make sure you review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrguide.aspx)
to ensure you operate in full compliance of all current safety standards. …read more