Transportation Safety Zone – September 5, 2017

Thank you for visiting the The Transportation Safety Zone Newsletter. We hope you find the information useful. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the information contained here, or any other Safety and Compliance questions.

CVSA Brake Safety Day:

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, is Brake Safety Day, an enforcement and compliance campaign where law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and anti lock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Air brake Program. This year’s Sept. 7 Brake Safety Day follows up on CVSA’s May 3, 2017, unannounced Brake Safety Day and replaces the seven-day Brake Safety Week campaign from previous years.

For more information on Brake Safety Day, please visit the CVSA web site at CVSA Brake Safety Day.


ELD Mandate to take effect December 18, 2017:

The long awaited ELD mandate is on schedule to go into effect on December 18, 2017. As of now, there are no further pending appeals that would prevent the event. All but a very select few types of trucks are required to have an ELD solution installed and operating before the “Go Live” date, and there are no signs of any grace periods being given.The latest data shows that there are currently 98 approved Self Certified ELD vendors. It is our suggestion to all Motor Carriers that they have their solution chosen and installed sooner rather than later. Those that wait until the last minute run the chance of their chosen solution being unavailable/on back order, and then having to settle on a different vendor. We have been in contact with, and testing some vendors solutions for the past 18 months and will be providing our findings by the end of September to those who want or need the information.

Random Drug & Alcohol Testing:

In late 2015, the FMCSA released data showing that positive drug testing results were at their lowest in over a decade, and reduced the mandatory 50% test rate down to a mandatory 25% test rate for controlled substances. Alcohol testing rates remained at the current 10% rate. In mid-2017 new data was released showing that positive drug test results are again on the rise, and have reached the highest levels in more than 5 years. With this news, we are anticipating notice of the testing rates to be increased again in 2018, and we will have more information posted here as it becomes available.

Fall is arriving ….:

And that means more kids out in the mornings and afternoons, and SCHOOL BUSES! Please always be aware of the school buses and exercise more care when traveling on any road that may have bus traffic.

Driver Safety Meetings:

The D.O.T. and FMCSA both like to see company’s that are pro-active in their Safety and Compliance Programs. Holding a driver safety meeting is one way to show this. Remember that Carrier Consultant Group is available to assist with safety meetings, either at your location, or we have some safety topics that can be provided as an online meeting. Contact us for more information.


2017 is almost 1/2 over … where did the time go?

2017 has already seen many changes since the inauguration of our new President (No, we will not get into politics here).


Many of our clients have expressed varied feelings regarding the use of E-logs and if they will actually be implemented in December of this year as now mandated. Many people believed that the new president would void the mandate, however he, along with his new heads of the D.O.T. and F.M.C.S.A. have all said that they implementation date of December 18, 2017 will stand. And the Supreme Court is also upholding this mandate. So, all of us here at Carrier Consultant Group encourage ALL of you to begin searching for the system that will work best with your individual company. Remember, we are here to help you make this decision if you need us.

Effective June 30th, 2017, Carrier Consultant Group is no longer auditing any paper logs as stated in a letter to our clients in March. We will instead be focusing our time on assisting with transitions to E-Logs.

Road Check 2017

The annual nationwide Road Check has come and gone. As our office has only heard from one client about an inspection (A CLEAN LEVEL I), we must assume that all of our clients came through this 72 hour blitz unscathed. And for that, we congratulate all of you for taking Safety and Compliance Seriously!!

2290 HVUT Filings

July 1st marks the first day to begin filing the annual 2290 HVUT. This tax must be filed and paid no later than August 31st to avoid any interest and penalty being added by the IRS. We are always happy to make these filings on your behalf, whether you are a regular client or not. Contact our office for more details and pricing.

2017 Q2 IFTA

Second quarter IFTA is due to be filed and paid no later than July 31st. Any companies wishing for us to file their IFTA on their behalf must have all miles and fuel into our office by July 14th to ensure on time filing. Anyone getting information to us after that date will not be guaranteed of having their IFTA filed on time and avoiding penalty and interest being added.

REMEMBER: You must file IFTA / NYHUT / NMEDT / KYU / OR even if you have NO MILES in these states IF YOU HAVE A PERMIT. There are heavy fines and penalties assessed if you do not file on time. Please contact us if you have any questions.




2016-driver-appreciation-logoNational Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW), held in mid-September each year, is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These 3.4 million men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, they also keep our highways safe.

All of us at Carrier Consultant Group wish to THANK all of the nations Professional Drivers, and their Support Staff for the hard work they do on a daily basis and for promoting SAFETY on America’s Highways.


2015 Annual Road Check is June 2-4 – Emphasis on Cargo Securement



The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 2-4, 2015. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform truck and bus inspections.

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. During the annual three-day event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver, and cargo safety and security.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for International Roadcheck 2015 is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe loading regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers. The proper loading and securing of cargo on vehicles is a matter of public safety. For many types of loads, particularly those that are not sealed or otherwise inaccessible to the driver, regulations require the driver to stop within the first several miles of a trip and recheck the tie downs and other load securing equipment.

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers will be asked to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, drive line, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.

International Roadcheck is a program of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1.4 million, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided. It also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.

2015 Q2 Transportation Safety Zone

FMCSA: ELD Final Rule Slated to Publish on Sept. 30

The projected publication date for the final rule that will mandate the use of Electronic Logging Devices by truck drivers has been updated to September 30th, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


The ELD mandate will go into effect 24 months after the final rule is published.

According to FMCSA, the ELD rule will establish:

  • Minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs)
  • Requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS)
  • Requirements concerning HOS supporting documents
  • Measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs


Other Upcoming Rule Makings to Note:

  • Speed limiter mandate: Per the report, a proposed rule to mandate the use of speed limiters in heavy trucks could see action this week, as the DOT projects it will send the rule March 17 to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for its approval.
  • Safety Fitness Determination: The agency’s long-awaited and many-times-delayed Safety Fitness Determination rule could also see action soon, as its projected to be sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget April 6.
  • CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse: The DOT still projects a Dec. 14 publication date for its CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule, which would set up a database of drivers who have failed or refused to take a drug or alcohol test.
  • Prohibition of driver coercion: The agency’s rule to impose penalties on carriers, shippers, brokers and other entities who coerce truck operators to drive in violation of federal safety rules is still projected to be published Sept. 10.


ELDs and Driver Log Auditing:

What does that mean to the Motor Carrier?

With the implementation of ELDs on all CMV fast approaching, Motor Carriers will be held to an even higher level of responsibility and accountability for all HOS violations. With real time monitoring/auditing available with ELD systems, there should be no instances of a Carrier allowing a driver to exceed the HOS regulations.


Carrier Consultant Group is currently working with many vendors of ELDs to be able provide the best information available to our clients as this mandatory change approaches.


Driver/Applicant Pre-Hire Processes

The FMCSA is looking closely at Motor Carrier qualification and hiring practices to ensure that all regulations are being met all of the time. FMCSA regulations require full and complete Driver Qualification files on all drivers of CMV. Citations are being written to Carriers who do not have complete files, or are not completing the files prior to hiring the driver. Please contact us if you have any questions on Driver Qualification File Requirements to remain in compliance.


Audits, Compliance Reviews, and Focused Reviews on the RISE:

As the FMCSA New Entrant Audit program has gotten caught up and is performing the audit faster than in the past, that is now leaving more state investigators with more time on their hands. With this added free time, they are conducting an increased number of  RANDOM Compliance Reviews and Focused Reviews based upon a Carrier’s CSA scoring. Is your trucking company prepared for a Compliance Review or a Focused Review? They only need give 48 hours’ notice!!


Feds Take South Dakota Trucking Company Off The Road

Federal transportation regulators have ordered a South Dakota trucking company and its owner to stop all commercial operations. The FMCSA has deemed commercial driver Lonnie Roth and his namesake company imminent dangers. Authorities say the violations of the Mitchell-based company include dispatching a driver known to have an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater, failing to implement random alcohol and drug testing programs for drivers, and failing to ensure that drivers complied with regulations designed to prevent fatigue.


October 2014 Volume 1, Number 4
In This Issue
• Fuel Trends
• License Plate Readers
• Driving while texting

In an effort to better serve all of our clients, Carrier Consultant Group can now access all four (4) of the major DOT/FMCSA Laboratories in the U.S. for our clients drug and alcohol testing needs. This means more collection sites for our clients to choose from.
For any clients that wish, we now also have the ability to make the drug test collections either at your facility or ours.
Carrier Consultant Group will begin offering alcohol testing within the next 30 days for our clients convenience as well.


The number of roadside inspections continues to increase as the FMCSA continues to target carriers with high numbers of violations. Each time an enforcement officer enters a USDOT#, he is returned your CSA score with the suggestions of either INSPECT, PASS, or OPTIONAL depending on your current safety record. All carriers want to have PASS of course. The many factors that effect this are all able to be corrected, and most are due to your drivers DOING or NOT DOING their daily jobs. PROPER Pre and Post trip inspections have the largest effect on the inspections performed and the citations issued. Of all violations noted, the top 3 are TIRES, LIGHTS, and BRAKES out of adjustment. The first two are easily discovered if the driver does a proper inspection. The 3rd is easily accomplished with today’s self-adjusting brake systems. Do your drivers know how to adjust their self-adjusting brakes? Do your drivers do proper inspections?

Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of U.S
Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. Fall is when refiners are allowed to switch to a cheaper blend of gasoline for the cooler months, and driving demand declines after summer vacations have ended. Refinery problems or hurricanes can halt the typical autumn price decline temporarily by reducing gasoline production.

U.S. DOT to research automatic license-plate readers
The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a vendor to conduct research on automatic license-plate readers. The DOT hopes the research will reveal the pros, cons and legal challenges of using the devices to check for suspended licenses or identify vehicles of interest.

Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone use
The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone. “When you look at how fast people react to an unexpected traffic event – how fast they slam on their brakes, we didn’t find a statistically significant difference between Google Glass and smartphones,” said psychological researcher Ben Sawyer at the University of Central Florida.

Equipment salesman sentenced for embezzling from Prime Inc.
Federal prosecutors say a man used his position as an APU and used truck salesman to solicit finder’s fees, deposits and holds on equipment for trucking customers while keeping nearly a million dollars in cash for himself. The funds were used to buy imported vehicles and a house, as well as to pay off gambling debts.

Tony Stewart cleared in death of Kevin Ward Jr., who had marijuana in system
Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been cleared by a grand jury investigating a dirt-track incident in upstate New York in August that killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr., 20, a county prosecutor said Wednesday.

Road Check 2014

International Roadcheck 2014 will include primarily North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers will be asked to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.

Contact us for more information on this SAFETY program or others.

Carrier Consultant Group welcomes Janet Jackson

Carrier Consultant Group is excited to announce the addition of Janet Jackson to our Temperance, MI office. Janet has been around and involved in the transportation industry for over 10 years. Please help us in welcoming her to the team, and feel free to contact her at with any questions.


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is holding its annual Brake Safety Week September 8-14, 2013. During this event, roadside inspection personnel will focus their attention on brakes and provide educational brochures on the topic. According to CVSA, the brake inspections conducted during this week are normally utilized to support a study or to verify or refute a suspected industry trend. Brake problems consistently rank high on the list of violations issued during roadside inspections. Calendar Year (CY) 2012 roadside inspection statistics show Section 393.47(e), “Clamp/Roto-Chamber Type Brake(s) Out Of Adjustment,” as the fourth overall vehicle violation for the year. Out of the top 20 vehicle inspection violations occurring during roadside inspections in CY 2012, brake violations take five of the spots.
During Brake Safety Week 2012, CVSA reported 21,255 units were inspected. Of these units:
• 1,993 were placed out-of-service (OOS) due to brake adjustment violations; and
• 1,664 were placed OOS due to brake components.
The combined OOS orders due to brakes were 15.3 percent of the total vehicles inspected.

Ready your staff
Even though the event is over a week away, you may want to caution your staff on the increase in Level I North American Standard Inspections and Level IV Special Inspections. Level IV is a category of inspections that includes a one-time examination of a particular item. In this instance, it is your brake system. If only the brakes are examined, the inspection report will show a Level IV. Note that a Level IV roadside inspection is not considered a “relevant” vehicle inspection to count toward a clean inspection under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) enforcement model.
During this Special Inspection, the roadside inspector will still ask the driver for his/her driver’s license and registration.
As a part of the procedures, they will examine the mechanical components of air brakes, the steering axle, and brake adjustment. Enforcement will check the low air warning device, pushrod travel, brake linings/drums, air loss rate (if leak detected), and tractor protection system.