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  • February 23, 2024 2:04 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued this safety advisory to provide notice of the possibility of catastrophic failure of certain hazardous materials packages commonly known as “nurse tanks.”

    Nurse Tank Safety Advisory

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued this safety advisory to provide notice of the possibility of catastrophic failure of certain hazardous materials packages


  • February 23, 2024 9:54 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Federal trucking regulators are planning an in-depth research study that will analyze data collected by approximately 80 carriers and 2,500 commercial motor vehicle drivers to help determine the frequency and severity of detention time drivers face when making deliveries.Those drivers and carriers chosen for the study will collect and provide 12 months of data toward an end of helping provide strategies to mitigate driver detention time, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

    The study sample will include a variety of carrier operations, including longhaul/shorthaul, private/company fleets, for-hire fleets, port servicing (primarily chassis), owner-operators, hourly and mileage-based operators, truckload, less-than-truckload and dedicated local delivery.

    “Detention time refers to the extra time truck drivers wait at shipping and receiving facilities due to delays not associated with the loading and unloading of cargo,” said a Feb. 16 FMCSA notice seeking public comment. “Drivers are often not paid for this extra time.”

    Public comment on the new detention time study announcement must be received on or before March 18.


  • February 23, 2024 8:52 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issue this safety advisory to provide notice of the possibility of catastrophic failure of certain hazardous materials packages commonly known as “nurse tanks.” See Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) §173.315(m).

    Background
    This notice focuses on nurse tanks manufactured from January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2011, by American Welding and Tank (AWT) at its Fremont, Ohio plant. Nurse tanks manufactured by AWT from 2009 to 2010 were the subject of a prior FMCSA investigation and enforcement action in response to improper manufacturing procedures.

    The FMCSA and PHMSA nevertheless strongly recommend that owners of AWT nurse tanks manufactured between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2011 that are exempted from periodic inspection and testing requirements as described above, conduct voluntary periodic visual inspection in accordance with 49 CFR §173.315(m)(2)(i); thickness testing in accordance with 49 CFR §173.315(m)(2)(ii), and pressure testing in accordance with 49 CFR §173.315(m)(2)(iii). Note these dates reflect the years of manufacture that failed testing.

    For owners of affected AWT nurse tanks unable to conduct voluntary pressure testing, FMCSA and PHMSA recommend that either radiographic or ultrasonic testing be conducted. While the period of voluntary inspection and testing is at the discretion of the nurse tank owner, FMCSA and PHMSA recommend conducting the inspection and testing at least once every five years consistent with 49 CFR §173.315(m)(2)(iv).

    For more information, or if you have a question concerning this Safety Advisory, please contact Paul Bomgardner, Chief, FMCSA Hazardous Materials Division, at (202) 493-0027, or by email at [email protected].

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  • February 20, 2024 11:05 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published an alert for motor carriers with authority about phishing attempts by criminals posing as agency auditors via email. The "fake safety audit" attempt is taking the form of emails to registered entities, including motor carriers, "pretending to be FMCSA" notifying you of the "need to schedule a safety audit," the agency said.

    In the email, there's a link that looks as if it goes to a legitimate URL on the Safer website, mirroring FMCSA's MCS-150 form updates. Yet the page includes entry fields requesting a carrier's PIN, Employer Identification Number (EIN), and Social Security number.

    Having all of those elements would "allow the unauthorized party to gain access to your FMCSA account," FMCSA said. With such access, crooks would get the keys to the kingdom and could change information to impersonate carriers and other entities in fraudulent freight transactions.  

    The email containing the link is "very convincing this is coming from FMCSA," the agency said, at first glance.  

    FMCSA shared this image of the problem module on the web page the email linked to, crafted to look official.FMCSA shared this image of the problem module on the web page the email linked to, crafted to look official.

    Official safety-audit communications, the agency added, will "typically come directly from an FMCSA dedicated mailbox, or from the entity within the State that has been assigned the responsibility to conduct the safety audit. While these emails typically end in a .gov" extension, we encourage our stakeholders and customers to verify any email or communication they feel to be suspicious with the appropriate agency or contact your FMCSA Division Office directly to clarify." Find all division offices at this link. 


  • February 12, 2024 11:04 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Washington, D.C. (Feb. 12, 2024) – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is scheduled for May 14-16. International Roadcheck is a high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and regulatory compliance enforcement initiative that takes place over three days in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

     

    CVSA-certified law enforcement personnel will inspect commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh/inspection stations, temporary sites and mobile patrols to verify compliance with federal, state, provincial or territorial regulations. Data from the 72 hours of International Roadcheck will be collected and the results will be released this summer.

     

    Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year, International Roadcheck will have two focus areas – tractor protection systems and alcohol and controlled substance possession.


  • February 05, 2024 9:40 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    A. Duie Pyle is owned and operated by the Latta family. From left: Billy Latta (4th generation), Frank Granieri (4th generation), Peter Latta (3rd generation), Jim Latta III (3rd generation) and Jack Latta (4th generation).

    1. OPERATIONS

    Fleet celebrates 100 years of putting people first

    Feb. 1, 2024

    A. Duie Pyle has big plans for its centennial. The FleetOwner 500 fleet isn’t just celebrating, it’s expanding.

    Jade Brasher

      A. Duie Pyle, a transportation and logistics services company, will turn 100 this year. Since its inception on April 1, 1924, the company, named after its founder, has been family-owned and operated. The company kicked off its centennial year with the opening of a new facility in Maine. John Luciani, A. Duie Pyle COO, said it would be the first of many this year. 

      Pyle (No. 80 on FleetOwner Top 500: For -Hire) currently owns 4.4 million square feet of warehouse space, and the opening of an additional five facilities will add thousands to Pyle’s total footprint by the end of the year. The company has experienced growth over its 100-year history, but it wasn’t until 1994 that physical growth began. 

      “From 1924 to 1994, we were a one-terminal operation servicing southeastern Pennsylvania,” Luciani told FleetOwner. “From ‘94 to where we are today, we've opened 20 additional service centers, and we've got plans to continue to grow further expanding our service and direct footprint in the Northeast.” 

      Pyle previously leased one terminal to the now defunct Yellow Corp. in Queens, New York, which will be converted to a Pyle service center later this year. The carrier also purchased four additional terminals, previously owned by Yellow, through auction. Once those terminals have been brought up to the company’s standards with repairs, repaving the yard, and other maintenance—or “Pylized,” as Luciani said the Pyle team calls it—those facilities will also support Pyle’s existing network. Luciani said the plan is to open those facilities by the end of the second quarter, bringing the total number of Pyle facilities to 34. 

      This growth has allowed Pyle to serve customers across the East Coast from North Carolina to Canada and as far west as Cleveland, Ohio. 

      A. Duie Pyle

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      Investing in growth 

      Luciani joined A. Duie Pyle in 2010 when the company had 13 LTL service centers. Luciani attributes the company’s growth to “competitive opportunity,” but most of the growth, he says, spurred from the quality services it brings to its customers. 

      “What's driven our growth is the quality of our service, our longtime service performance, and requests from customers looking to have a better-quality service in a specific geographic market,” Luciani told FleetOwner.   

      Leadership is another factor that Luciani said contributes to Pyle's growth.  

      “We've had the same family ownership since April 1, 1924,” Luciani said. “They always put their money where their mouth is and pledge the profits of the business back into the business. As a result, we've grown pretty significantly.” 

      The company may be turning 100, but its leaders think progressively and want Pyle to be an “employer of choice” by offering career growth opportunities to the 4,000 employees that have made Pyle what it is today, Luciani told FleetOwner. 

      “We create service to the efforts of people,” Luciani said. “If the people believe in what we're doing, and they trust what we're doing, and they're proud of where they work and what they do, and they make a fair rate wage and have solid benefits—it's a good recipe for long-term success.” 

      A. Duie Pyle

      From left: Peter Latta (3rd generation), Billy Latta (4th generation), Jack Latta (4th generation) and Frank Granieri (4th generation).

      From left: Peter Latta (3rd generation), Billy Latta (4th generation), Jack Latta (4th generation) and Frank Granieri (4th generation).

      Celebrating Pyle’s people 

      To celebrate A. Duie Pyle’s 100 years of success, multiple events have been planned to show appreciation for its employees, customers, and some of its vendors. At these events, Pyle will treat its full-time, part-time, and retired employees, as well as their spouses or significant others, to a dinner with employee recognition and celebration. Employees will receive a history book of Pyle, a commemorative coin, and a special edition 1918 International model truck—the same one owned by the founder when the company began. 

      It’s important to the Pyle team to include retired employees in the celebration because they helped create and build the foundation that Pyle continues to build on, Luciani told FleetOwner. 

      “It's a people business. Whether it's somebody loading the truck, unloading the truck,or doing the final-mile delivery, it's always going to be a people business,” Luciani said. “We want to make sure that we take care of our Pyle people, because it's more than just a tagline on our trucks. Our logo, ‘Pyle People Deliver,’ ... that's our culture.”


    • February 02, 2024 10:15 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

      The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing changes to CDL testing aimed at streamlining the process.

      A notice of proposed rulemaking will publish Friday, Feb. 2, in the Federal Register in a move that FMCSA said it believes will “improve the efficiency and convenience of CDL issuance and improve highway safety by further ensuring the integrity of third-party CDL knowledge testing.” Proposed changes, among them some that would make permanent for all conditions for which the agency has granted numerous waivers in past, are as follows: 

      “FMCSA believes the proposed changes will further address CMV driver shortages, enhance supply chain stability, and provide appropriate regulatory relief without impacting safety,” the agency said in the NPRM. In fact, FMCSA said, the proposal with the change related to third-party knowledge-test examiners. 

      As noted, some of the changes being proposed have already been granted as exemptions from the regulations in recent history. A number of large fleets, including C.R. EnglandNew Prime and more, have held exemptions that allow CLP holders who have passed the CDL skills test to operate without a CDL holder in the passenger seat.

      The third-party testing, 14-day eligibility and out-of-state testing regs were waived for at least parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well, as state driver’s license agencies were operating on a limited basis or struggled with staffing issues.


    • January 24, 2024 10:46 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

      Civil courts in Georgia and Pennsylvania have tied as the nation’s top “Judicial Hellholes” listed in a new 2023-24 report, primarily due to large nuclear verdicts, ethically questionable events and court orders the report viewed as severely biased.

      In all, nine jurisdictions or states are on the American Tort Reform Foundation’s Judicial Hellholes most recent program list as having the most adverse laws and judicial civil rulings for defendants which, when sued, can determine a defendant’s financial fate.

      The court systems highlighted in the report include Georgia and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Cook County, Ill.; California; New York City; South Carolina; Lansing, Mich.; Louisiana; and St. Louis.


    • December 29, 2023 10:12 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

      I attempted to enclose the file but it was too large.  The link to the Federal Register is here:

      https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/12/28/2023-28066/revisions-to-civil-penalty-amounts-2024


    • December 28, 2023 11:00 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

       

      Dear ATA Member:
       

      We wanted to update you on two recent and significant announcements out of California regarding pending regulations that affect fleets who operate in the state. 

      1. Advanced Clean Fleets Enforcement Stay 


      Following discussions between the California Trucking Association and the California Air Resources Board, CARB agreed to allow flexibility for fleets in reporting their California vehicles as required by the regulation. Under this agreement, fleets can voluntarily register their trucks under the program but will not be mandated to do so unless or until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants a waiver for the Advanced Clean Fleets rule. A waiver determination from EPA is not expected for months, and could take up to a year.

      Under this agreement:

      • CARB has agreed not to enforce the reporting or registration requirements of the ACF as it applies to high priority fleets and drayage until a waiver determination is issued by EPA. "High priority" fleets are defined in the regulation as those with $50 million or more in revenue or operating 50 or more trucks.
         
      • Fleets may voluntarily report and apply for flexibility provisions.
         
      • CARB reserves the right to take enforcement action to remove internal combustion trucks added after January 1, 2024 that would not otherwise be in compliance with the ACF.
         
      • CTA will continue to move forward with its litigation against the ACF.
         
      • CARB will publish a detailed enforcement advisory in the coming days.


      2. California Clean Truck Check Registration Extended 


      CARB is extending the Clean Truck Check reporting deadline to January 31, 2024, allowing vehicle owners additional time to complete their initial fleet reporting and meet the 2023 $30 compliance fee for each truck. Vehicles must be registered in the California Clean Truck Check, Vehicle Inspection System (CTC-VIS) portal. 

      CARB is planning to hold a training webinar on the database on January 9, 2024 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm PST. 


      Please reach out to Mike Tunnell, ATA's executive director of environmental affairs, or Jacqueline Gelb, ATA's vice president of energy & environmental affairs, with questions on either of these announcements.


      Sincerely,

      Bill Sullivan
      Chief Advocacy and Public Affairs Officer
      American Trucking Associations
       

       

       


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    John's Safety Minute

    My name is John Rigney and I am a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper. I retired in July of 2011 as a Sergeant in charge of Staff Services at Troop J, Lancaster. While there I received extensive training in emergency response with PEMA and FEMA. I was heavily involved in Motor Carrier safety and was certified by PADOT and FMCSA as an instructor for the roadside inspection processes. I hold a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Forest Products from the Pennsylvania State University. I also hold a Certified Safety Supervisor accreditation from the National Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) which is administered by the University of Central Florida. 

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