The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Operation Safe Driver Week, which focuses on unsafe driving of both trucks and cars, will take place July 14-20, with a focus on speeding.
Law enforcement officers during the week will be looking for speeders during the week while promoting the message: “Late won’t kill you, speeding will.”
“For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police. “That is unacceptable, especially because it’s preventable. We will continue to educate the public on the dangers of speeding, and we will identify individuals who are speeding on our roadways and may issue citations as a deterrent to future speeding tendencies and to affect diver behavior.”
In addition to speeding, law enforcement will be looking for other dangerous driving behaviors, including distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, evidence of drunk or drugged driving and more.
Last year, nearly 11,000 citations were issued to truck and bus drivers. Law enforcement pulled over or inspected more than 42,000 commercial vehicle drivers during 2018’s Operation Safe Driver Week and issued 10,709 citations and 29,908 warnings for unsafe driving. The top five citations issued were for violations of state and local laws (6,008 citations), speeding (1,908), failing to use a seat belt (1,169), failure to obey a traffic control device (754) and using a handheld phone (262).
Truck drivers picking up or delivering freight in certain Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia counties will be required to have an additional permit beginning Wednesday, May 1.
To help stop the spread of an invasive species of insect, the spotted lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has instituted a quarantine zone that includes 14 Pennsylvania counties, three New Jersey counties and one county each in Delaware and Virginia.
Truckers who stop in these counties will be required to have a Spotted Lanternfly Permit, which is given after completing a free online training course through Pennsylvania State University. The permit is reciprocal in the affected states.
Trucking companies that travel through but don’t stop in the quarantined counties are not required to obtain a permit. Additionally, drivers who stop in the quarantine zone just to fuel and keep moving are not required to have a permit.
The permit requirements state that only one person with a trucking company is required to take the permit test, then that person should train others within the company who will be stopping in the quarantined counties. Copies of the permit can be made and given to all drivers who are trained in spotting the spotted lanternfly and keeping it from hitchhiking on shipments. Free permits can be obtained here by taking a two-hour training course.
Affected counties in Pennsylvania include: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill. The quarantined New Jersey counties are Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer. Virginia’s quarantined county is Fredericks, and Delaware’s quarantined county is New Castle, mostly along the Delaware-Pennsylvania state line.
The quarantines have been in effect for several years, but a hard enforcement date for the permit begins May 1. According to Pennsylvania’s Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Order, violators can receive a criminal citation of up to $300 per violation and a civil penalty up to $20,000 per violation, as well as revocation of the permit if PDA determines the permit-holder has not complied. Trucks will be periodically inspected in the quarantine zones for spotted lanternflies.
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species native to Asia that has the potential to cause considerable damage to many crops in Pennsylvania and beyond, including forest products, grapes, apples, peaches and more.
The upcoming Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which will be published in the Federal Register, responds to widespread Congressional, industry, and citizen concerns and seeks feedback from the public to determine if HOS revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads. The comment period will be open for 30 days.
The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:
- Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers;
- Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions;
- Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving; and
- Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.
In addition, the ANPRM seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty limitation (filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement (filed by TruckerNation).
Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, which required most FMCSA-regulated motor carriers to convert their records from paper to an electronic format, became effective. While compliance with the ELD rule has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry, it has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking
Each year during the CVSA Roadcheck event, tens of thousands of inspections are conducted. This year, Roadcheck will take place June 5-7, 2018.
The emphasis this year is hours of service. While checking for compliance with HOS regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting HOS this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety
The first bill is called the Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 and it was introduced by Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte and Representative Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).
The bill would “completely exempt businesses which operate ten or fewer trucks from the requirements of the ELD mandate.”
Gianforte and Peterson also introduced a second bill on Wednesday called the Agricultural Business Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018. This bill would totally exempt agricultural haulers from ELD regulation requirements.
Under current regulations, livestock haulers must adopt ELDs by September 30, 2018. Agricultural haulers have only until June 18, 2018, to implement ELDs.
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|The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced the dates for this year’s “Operation Safe Driver Week”, during which officers nationwide will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviors.This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15 — 21. The CVSA says they they’ll be monitoring both commercial vehicle drives and passenger vehicle drivers for unsafe driving behaviors.
The unsafe driving behaviors that officers will be enforcing include speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, following too closely, improper lane change, and failure to obey traffic control devices