Colorado Motor Carriers Association
US 34 Between Loveland and Estes Park Reopens Before Heavy Snow Season
On November 21, 2013, CDOT and Governor John Hickenlooper celebrated the opening of US 34 between Loveland and Estes Park. State Route 7 through Coal Creek canyon opened on November 11.
Mountain Passes Closed for the Season
As is done every year, the Colorado Department of Transportation has closed several high Mountain passes for the winter snow season.
US 34, Trail Ridge road across Rocky Mountain National Park;
CO 5, Mount Evans road to the top of Mount Evans;
CO 82 Independence Pass out of Aspen;
FR 209, 306 Cottonwood Pass, from Buena Vista
GCR 12, Kebler Pass, near Crested Butte
Guanella Pass (CR381, 62) is expected to remain open until December 2nd., weather permitting.
Check www.cotrip.org for winter travel conditions and road closurers across Colorado
CMCA Members Present $20,000 Check to Red Cross for Colorado Flood Relief
Jenyce Houg, Chairperson of CMCA, (pictured on right) presented a $20,000.00 check to Elizabeth Norris from the Red Cross Mile High Chapter, for Colorado Flood Relief efforts.
A BIG thank you to everyone that contributed to help our Northern neighbors - your generosity is truly amazing!
CMCA Asks Members to Call on Congress to Suspend the New 34 Hour Restart
As you are aware, CMCA was one of many organizations in the trucking industry that opposed the new Hours of Service Policy. Unfortunately, FMCSA despite overwhelming comments in opposition to the proposed rule and a lack of strong evidence that it would contribute to safety in any manner, adopted the rule. Of particular concern to CMCA members and others in the industry has been the new 34 hour restart provision which has led to productivity reductions of anywhere from 2% to 4% for carriers and many drivers seeing a reduction in pay because of the changes.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and other groups had originally asked that the new hours of service proposal not be implemented until an independent study of the impacts of the rule was completed so as to identify whether the benefits truly outweighed the substantial costs and whether the proposed rule would really improve safety.
Recently with the support of ATA, Rep. Hanna (R-NY), Rep. Michaud (D-ME) and Rep. Rice (R-SC) introduced the “TRUE Safety Act” H.R. 3413. The bill would defer implementation of the new 34-hour restart provisions in the new hours-of-service regulations, pending completion of a Government Accounting Office (GAO) review of (1) the analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to justify the new rules and, (2) the MAP-21 required restart provision.
ATA has prepared a white paper on this important issue (the link for the ATA summary of the proposed bill which we have attached to our Hot Sheet.)
We are asking that you email your member of the United State House of Representatives to ask them to (1) become a co-sponsor of H.R. 3413 and, (2) support the legislation when it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives. Below we have listed the representatives for each congressional district in Colorado and their website. When you reach the website for your Congressman, use the “contact me” tab.
1st— Rep. Diana DeGette - http://degette.house.gov
2nd— Rep. Jared Polis - http://polis.house.gov
3rd— Rep. Scott Tipton – http://tipton.house.gov
4th— Rep. Cory Gardner – http://gardner.house.gov
5th— Rep. Doug Lamborn – http://lamborn.house.gov
6th— Rep. Mike Coffman – http://coffman.house.gov
7th — Rep. Ed Perlmutter – http://perlmutter.house.gov
How Long A Restart?
How Long to Restart? The Journal of Commerce offers an online calculator on restart as well as a downloadable HOS Restart App to install on your smartphone or tablet.
The new hours of service rules require two back-to-back 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods within the 34-hour “restart” period. That means drivers must end their week within a 6-hour window between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. if they want a true 34-hour restart.
The JOC interactive 24-hour clock can help you determine how long a rest period must be before a driver can start a new 60- or 70-hour work week. Choose a time to go off-duty and click on the hour for the length of the break and the restart time.
The new rules will make it tougher for drivers to get back on the road after 34 hours of rest, which means less miles and money for truckers. Carriers will have a harder time scheduling drivers and efficiently routing trucks, costing them money.
Shippers with lean inventories and tight delivery windows will find their supply chains more vulnerable to disruption, and feel more pressure to pay higher rates. They are likely to turn more to brokers and logistics companies for capacity. Courtesy The Journal of Commerce.
FMCSA Criticized for Lack of Effective Oversight of Motor Carrier Operations.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for the Government Accountability Office and DOT Inspector General to audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) oversight of Motor Carrier Safety. In particular, the NTSB questioned both the thoroughness and quality of FMCSA's compliance reviews and the agency's extensive reliance on "focused" compliance reviews that examine only part of a carrier's operations.
NTSB is an independent federal agency that investigates significant transportation accidents looking for systemic issues that are not being addressed by their respective regulatory agencies.
In this case NTSB opened an investigation into FMCSA based on four recent commercial vehicle accidents resulting in 25 deaths and 83 injuries. In each crash, NTSB found serious safety deficiencies in carrier operations that should have been red flags to the FMCSA, but instead were ignored.
The cited accidents show that driver's were running double logbooks in order to violate the hours of service regulations and their resulting fatigue may have lead to the crashes.
The NTSB findings also suggest that the carriers involved had a history of hours of service violations as discovered on both past roadside inspections and compliance reviews.
ATA Calls for Mandated Electronic Logging
The American Trucking Associations used the announcement by NTSB to reiterate its earlier stances calling on FMCSA to mandate electronic logging devices in commercial trucks and to improve its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) fleet safety monitoring and measurement system.
“NTSB’s finding that a truck driver in a fatal crash, and many of his co-workers, routinely carried two log books is unacceptable and would have been prevented by the use of a mandatory electronic logging device,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO.
ATA also highlighted NTSB’s recommendations regarding how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration identifies and investigates potential problem carriers.
“At issue here is how FMCSA uses its limited resources to focus on problem carriers. FMCSA must improve its CSA program to better identify carriers more likely to be involved in future crashes,” said ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C. “We look forward to the forthcoming Government Accountability Office and DOT Inspector General CSA audit reports and hope they emphasize the need to ensure that the program accurately measures crash risk and focuses on unsafe fleets,” Courtesy www.truckinginfo.com and American Trucking Associations.
For UPS, Emissions Contol Drives Innovation
United Parcel Service has managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 percent in 2012 (compared to 2011) despite increased parcel deliveries.
While ground and air fuel savings were part of it, as was investment in alternative-fuel vehicles, one of the carrier's biggest gains came from retooling routes using the latest routing software.
in 2012, UPS shaved 12.1 million miles from ground deliveries using software and better dispatch.
By 2017, UPS plans to greatly expand use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. According to the company, these next generation vehicles logged 295 million miles by the close of 2012. By 2017 UPS plans to log over 800-million miles with these vehicles.
Colorado requires ALL trucks to carry chains on the I-70 corridor between Morrison and Dotsero from September 1st. to May 31st.
Penalties for non-compliance are high. Get your Chains NOW.
Twin Tunnels East Bound Tunnel Set to Reopen
Twin Tunnels on I-70 near Idaho Springs has been undergoing expansion by adding a new east bound lane. That work is nearly complete and the new bore is expected to open Decemer 9th. in time for the heavy winter traffic season.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, they are also exploring widening the west bound bore of Twin Tunnels since most of the forms and construction equipment is already on site. A final decision is still pending.
Heavy Tow Ops to Begin November 27th.
Interstate I-70 Winter traffic control operations start on the day before Thanksgiving, according to CDOT. To ensure tractor-trailer rigs are not contributing to traffic congestion, CDOT has contracted with a heavy tow operation to clear disabled rigs from the highway. The tow trucks are staged at critical points along the corridor for quick dispatch. Last year, heavy tow operations were able to clear disabled vehicles in 18 minutes on average to keep traffic moving.
CDOT's winter operations include chainup controls, and HazMat vehicle staging through the Eisenhower Tunnel in the event Loveland Pass is closed.
Passenger Car Issues
Disabled passenger vehicles, usually with bald tires, are an ongoing problem in the Mountain Corridor. Passenger vehicles with inadequate tires are subject to ticketing by the Colorado State Patrol.
Emergency Truck Parking
During severe weather, CDOT may allow additional emergency truck parking at various locations west of milepost 133. There is no truck parking east of milepost 133 or in the Vail Valley. Trucks waiting out a chain law or Vail pass closure should not proceed past Dotsero (exit 133). Emergency Parking locations are:
Exit 133 West Lot - 65 spaces
Exit 133 eastbound frontage road shoulder. 2.5 miles east from off-ramp. Return to I-70 at Gypsum Exit 140.
CMCA and J.J. Keller Offer Online Training Library
J.J. Keller has created a library of 100 full-length, video-based training programs on avast range of programs for the motor carrier industry. J.J. Keller has also setup a full training curriculum for online, self-pased learning. It includes a record keeping system that includes tools needed to add/edit employee information, to schedule and record training sessions and to monitor training activity.
Through the CMCA affiliate program, this vast collection of training material is available to members at a discounted price. Contact J.J. Keller online or at 800 327-6869 for details.
I-70 Mountain Corridor "Best Practices" Available
Long a leader in improving transportation in the I-70 Mountain Corridor through Colorado, CMCA has created a comprehensive "Best Practices" document to assist motor carriers in navigating this stretch of mountain highway.