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  • May 30, 2023 4:07 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Last week, PennDOT, PSP, and Highway Safety Network (HSN) are urged motorists to keep traffic safety top of mind when behind the wheel this holiday weekend, and all summer long. The agencies will work with municipal police departments, safety partners to participate in the National “Click It or Ticket” (CIOT) Enforcement Mobilization through June 4.


  • May 25, 2023 1:33 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    The top three brake-related out-of-service conditions were:

    1. 20% Brakes Violations – 479
      A vehicle or combination of vehicles is declared out of service when 20% or more of its service brakes have an out-of-service condition resulting in a defective brake, such as a brake out of adjustment, an audible air leak at the chamber, defective linings/pads, a missing brake where brakes are required, etc.
    2. Other Brake Violations – 368
      Examples of other out-of-service brake violations are worn brake lines, broken brake drums, inoperative tractor protection system, inoperative low air warning device, air leaks, hydraulic fluid leaks, etc.
    3. Steering Brake Violations – 81
      Examples of automatic standalone out-of-service steering axle brake violations are inoperative brakes, mismatched brake chambers, mismatched slack adjuster length, defective linings, etc.


  • May 19, 2023 1:09 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    All ATA and Safety Management Council members are encouraged to enter ATA’s National Truck and Industrial Safety Contests. The contests recognize carriers based on size and type of operations, using their DOT vehicle accident frequency and lost workday case rate as comparison. Members who qualify in the top 3 in a category are eligible to submit for the ATA President’s Trophy.

     

    Access the contest entry forms and be sure to submit by May 26. 2023 to enter. If you have questions contact Jacob Pierce at [email protected] or 703-838-1931.

     

    Login Instructions: If a company entered the contest last year, log in with last year’s information, select the award you wish to enter and complete the form. If you are new to the online application process, select the award you wish to enter, set up your username and password, and then complete the form.


  • May 12, 2023 10:31 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Illinois plans to build a total of more than 100 new truck parking places in two rest areas on Interstate 55 and one on I-24 in a $197.5 million investment in 22 freight mobility projects.

    When combined with federal National Highway Freight Program funds, $50.3 million will be spent on the projects to add truck parking at the Fort Massac Rest Area on I-24 and I-55’s Coalfield and Rail Splitter rest areas.

    “We are still in the design phase, but our estimated total number of new parking spaces, including all three rest areas, will be between 120 and 140,” Paul Wappel, IDOT spokesman, told Transport Topics. “We anticipate the Rail Splitter Rest Area project will go to letting (open for bids) in the fall of 2023. The Coalfield Rest Area project and Fort Massac Rest Area project are both anticipated to go to letting during the summer-fall of 2024.”


  • May 12, 2023 8:37 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Inspector Guidance:

     Air exhausting from an ATIS is considered a part of normal operation and should not be recorded as a violation on a roadside inspection. An ATIS is not required equipment on commercial motor vehicles, and as such, is not required to be operative. If an ATIS is defective, inoperative or in an alert status, there is no corresponding violation. If a faulty or defective ATIS causes a violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), that individual violation should be addressed on a roadside inspection (e.g., flat tire, air leak other than normal system operation). If the ATIS is in alert status, further investigation may be warranted to determine if there is a violation of the FMCSRs present. Generally, removal of components is discouraged on a roadside inspection. However, if there is an indication that a tire is flat, have the driver remove and replace any necessary components so that tire pressures may be verified on vehicles equipped with ATIS or TPMS in accordance with this bulletin.

  • April 28, 2023 2:00 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    NHTSA Announces Advisory Committee on Underride Protection Meeting

    On April 26, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Underride Protection (ACUP). The purpose of ACUP is to provide advice and recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on safety regulations to reduce crashes and fatalities relating to underride crashes. The meeting will be held on May 25. Pre-registration is required to attend this online meeting.


  • April 26, 2023 1:41 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    https://www.ccjdigital.com/regulations/safety-compliance/article/15383279/nhtsa-presses-forward-on-trailer-side-underride-guards

    NHTSA underride committee to hold first meeting

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s newly formed Advisory Committee on Underride Protection (ACUP) will hold its first meeting next month.

    The purpose of the ACUP 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 meeting will be held on Thursday, May 25, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Eastern. Preregistration is required to attend the online meeting. A link permitting access to the meeting will be distributed to registrants within 24 hours of the meeting start time. Those interested in attending can register here at least one week in advance of the meeting. Registration is not yet available.

    The agenda for the meeting covers the committee’s purpose and guidelines, committee member introductions, and selection of the committee chairperson.

    [Related: NHTSA pressing forward with trailer side underride guard requirement]


  • April 23, 2023 1:33 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    Compliance, Safety, Accountability

    Working Together for Safety

    April 20, 2023

    FMCSA Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Crash Preventability Determination Program 

    Since May 2020, FMCSA has been operating the Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) and reviewing 16 specific crash types. FMCSA proposes changes to the CPDP. Based on the Agency’s experiences with the program, FMCSA proposes modifying existing crash types to broaden eligibility and remove the distinction between direct and indirect strikes. The proposal also differentiates some types for improved reporting and use of the data to identify ways to reduce crashes involving non-motorists, in alignment with the Department of Transportation’s National Roadway Safety Strategy at https://www.transportation.gov/NRSS. FMCSA also proposes that four new crash types be included in the program.

    The Agency’s Safety Measurement System uses safety performance information and recordable crashes involving commercial motor vehicles to prioritize carriers for safety interventions. The Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) uses crashes from the previous 24 months to calculate percentiles for motor carriers. FMCSA is better positioned to identify unsafe carrier and driver behaviors and prioritize carriers for interventions, by excluding not preventable crashes when calculating a motor carrier’s Crash Indicator BASIC measure and percentile. Not preventable determinations are also noted in FMCSA’s Pre-employment Screening Program.

    FMCSA seeks public comments on the proposed changes to the program. The comment period will be open for 60 days. For more information about the proposal, including how to submit comments to the Federal Register docket, click on the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/04/13/2023-07818/crash-preventability-determination-program.

    Learn more about FMCSA’s CPDP at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/crash-preventability-determination-program.

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  • April 14, 2023 8:45 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    (Thank you Doug for sharing your knowledge and thoughts with us.)

    ATRI Driver Crash Indicator

    What violations can tell you for hiring and training

    Doug Marcello

    ATRI-PAST BEHAVIORS THAT PREDICT FUTURE CRASHES (2022 Ed.)

    Stock brokers (or their attorneys) claim that “past performance is not indicative of future results”. However, ATRI, trucking’s think tank, has studied the correlation between driver violations and potential for their involvement in a crash.

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    Recently, the Fourth Edition was released (priors-2005, 2011, and 2018).  The results are interesting and useful to defend your drivers.

    While no predictive analytic is absolute, the study provides information to assist in 1.) hiring decisions and 2.) training needs.  I can be the basis for your development of a “defensible driver” should they be in accident.

    The Findings

    The 2022 edition identifies the top actions and increased risk of accident as follows:

    1.    Failure to Yield ROW-141%

    2.    Failure to Use/Improper Signal-116%

    3.    Past Crash-113%

    4.    Reckless Driving-104%

    As in any studies, the more data, the more potential for accuracy. Over the four editions of the study, the overall predictive actions are as follows:

    1.    Reckless Driving-114%

    2.    Failure to Use/Improper Signal-89%

    3.    Past Crash-88%

    4.    Failure to Yield ROW-85%

    5.    Improper/Erratic Lane Change-79%

    The Value

    Nuclear verdicts and settlements don’t come from the facts of the accident.  They come from systemic failures of the trucking company.

    A primary target is the driver—hiring, training, supervision, and entrustment.  Their background will be scrutinized and your judgment and efforts will be challenged.

    ATRI’s study gives you a foundation for what I call in a presentation I do as “The Defensible Driver.”  Utilize ATRI’s findings as a foundation for your defense.

    First, align your hiring requirements with the findings in this study.  It doesn’t mean you absolutely disqualify. 

    But you start with whether any of these violations are on her record.  None?  Great!  You have a basis for defending your hiring.

    Second, if there are these violations on the MVR, use it as a basis for specific training.  Smith System. On-line course.  Ride along. 

    The key is to document both your recognition of the issue AND your efforts to correct it.  Document the driver’s training to the specific violations that are a problem.

    Third, use is as a guide for your current drivers.  If they have one of these primary violations, go to the training and documentation.

    The Bottom Line:  The study gives you a foundation for defending your drivers…and your judgment.  Use it.


  • April 14, 2023 8:22 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    ­CMV Safe Driving Video Messages

    Series 1: Commercial Trucks

    The following 8 short videos highlight the risks and dangers of cell phone use while driving, effects of fatigue on driving and demonstrate safe driving strategies.  Series 1 includes visual depictions of large trucks (for videos with buses, see series 2).

    Video 1: Distracted Driving: The solution starts with us.

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/498054325

    Video 2: Is talking hands-free safer than talking on a handheld cell phone? 

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/498054039

    Video 3: Drivers on cell phones miss up to 50% of their surroundings.

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/498051829

    Video 4: Do your part to make the roads safer.

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/498053806

     Video 5: Social Apps and Distracted Driving

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/498053138

    Video 6: Find out who takes longer to react a driver with a .08 BAC, or a distracted driver?

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/498052908

     Video 7: Ever Fallen Asleep at the Wheel?  The dangers of fatigue/drowsy driving.

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/498052024

    Video 8: 3 Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/498048688

    Series 2: Commercial Buses

    The following 8 short videos highlight the risks and dangers of cell phone use while driving, effects of fatigue on driving and demonstrate safe driving strategies for commercial bus drivers. 

    Video 1: Distracted Driving: The solution starts with us.

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/816680185

    Video 2: Is talking hands-free safer than talking on a handheld cell phone? 

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/816679832

    Video 3: Drivers on cell phones miss up to 50% of their surroundings.

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/816679671

    Video 4: Do your part to make the roads safer.

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/816679566

     Video 5: Social Apps and Distracted Driving

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/816680069

    Video 6: Find out who takes longer to react: a driver with a .08 BAC, or a distracted driver?

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/816679917

    Video 7: Ever Fallen Asleep at the Wheel?  The dangers of fatigue/drowsy driving.

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/816679748

    Video 8: 3 Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

    Watch or share video: https://vimeo.com/816679418

    Contact [email protected] for questions!


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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