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A Safety and Operations Bulletin for Motor Transportation Companies

September 19, 2011

Number 2011-38

WHO IS DRIVING YOUR VEHICLES?
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a major state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) investigation last month that has led to the arrest of 51 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who had fraudulently obtained multiple commercial licenses. The arrests are also significant in that the DMV used facial recognition technology to examine the driving records of 600,000 CMV license holders. Since February of 2010, over 800 people have been arrested for having two or more licenses under different names, all identified with facial recognition technology. Numerous state agencies and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency worked together to stop this illegal and dangerous practice. Other states are expected to utilize the technology going forward. Go to: www.governor.ny.gov/press/08182011MultipleLicenses to read the Governor’s press release.

NTSB SEEKS TO BAN ALL CELL PHONE USE BY COMMERCIAL DRIVERS
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended last week a comprehensive ban on the use of cell phones by all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The proposed ban would apply to the use of hand-held and hands-free communication devices, and while NTSB cannot require that state and federal agencies impose such a ban, the proposal has been sent to all levels of government throughout the nation. The appeal for a ban came out of a horrific March 2010 crash caused when a commercial driver’s vehicle veered across a Kentucky interstate median and slammed into an oncoming passenger van, killing 11 people. Immediately before the crash, the CMV driver had been on the phone. According to NTSB, the proposed ban would affect 3.7 million drivers. The complete NTSB press release is available by going to: www.ntsb.gov/news/2011/110913.html#.Tm-el6SBcu4.twitter.

HOUSE APPROVES EXTENSION OF TRANSPORTATION SPENDING AUTHORITY
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved an extension of spending authority for the surface transportation system through March 31, 2012. The Senate still has to pass this bill before it is final, but the majority leader has indicated that it will move through quickly. A previous extension of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) is set to expire on September 30th, and if the extension is not granted, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) would lose the authority to collect the federal gas tax, preventing revenue coming into the Highway Trust Fund and halting spending on highway and transit projects around the country. Go to: www.transportation.house.gov/News/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1391 for the full press release.

 


Thanks to Lancer Insurance, one of our carrier companies, for sending us this great information.  Our trucking clients will be appreciative.


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