• July 25, 2022 1:40 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    ATRI is asking drivers to give their opinions on driver facing cameras in an on-line survey.  This is another good way for drivers to be involved in the regulatory process.

  • July 22, 2022 9:33 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    I had a great morning with the crew at Yellow Freight in Ben Salem.  Ed Cunningham reached a milestone and operating in the environment in which he does every day it is astounding!  He just doesn't put himself in harms way.  The guys were ribbing him saying it's not hard to be safe in McDonalds parking lots.  They apparently haven't frequented McDonalds lately.  It was all in good fun and just showcases the strong relationship these drivers have.  I enjoyed our conversation and some "real" bagels.  Congratulations Ed!

  • July 20, 2022 10:26 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    labor day

  • July 08, 2022 10:08 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON — This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for Saturday, July 10 to Saturday, July 16 and will see law enforcement personnel in Canada, Mexico and the United States fanning out in force on thousands of miles of roadways.

    According to a news release from the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), officers will be issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers “engaging in unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change and drunk or drugged driving.”

  • July 08, 2022 9:07 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    NHTSA to accept applications for underride protection committee

    Mark Schremmer

    Starting this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will begin accepting nominations for its Advisory Committee on Underride Protection.

    A notice about the search for members of the committee is set to publish in the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 6.

    Once the notice is published in the Federal Register, prospective candidates will have 30 days to apply. Applications for membership must be received by NHTSA by 5 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 5.

    “The purpose of the (committee) is to provide advice and recommendations to the secretary of transportation on safety regulations to reduce underride crashes and fatalities relating to underride crashes,” the notice stated.

    The creation of the advisory committee was mandated by the 2021 infrastructure law.

  • July 07, 2022 10:42 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    FMCSA extends hours waiver for baby formula haulers

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on June 30 issued an extension of its waiver from Part 395.3 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (maximum driving time) for drivers and carriers hauling baby formula and baby formula ingredients.

    The emergency declaration was first granted on May 18 and was set to expire on June 30, but because a shortage of baby formula still exists, FMCSA extended the waiver through July 31.

  • July 06, 2022 11:10 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

  • July 06, 2022 10:19 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    The new standards for rear under ride guards were published by NHTSA.  The only change was an increase to the strength of the units to withstand an impact of 35 mph which is up from 30.  The guards have also been added to the annual inspection requirements.  See 49 CFR section 393.86 for full details.

  • July 01, 2022 1:32 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)


    Reminder: Operation Safe Driver Week Is July 10-16

    This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 10-16 with a focus on speeding. Law enforcement personnel in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will be on roadways throughout that week issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, drunk or drugged driving, etc.

  • June 29, 2022 9:35 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    CH Robinson brokered a load to an outside carrier who was involved in a crash.The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Allen Miller, suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a semi-tractor trailer in icy conditions while driving near Elko, Nev. Miller sued C.H. Robinson in 2017, claiming that Robinson had liability for the accident because it breached its “duty to select a competent contractor to transport the load.”  It is imperative that brokers do their due diligence when selecting carriers for their transportation needs.  Conduct a SAFER snapshot of the company at the very least.

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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