Daimler recalls more than 45,000 Cascadia tractors over instrument panel issue

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia tractors for an issue with the ignition control unit not performing required bulb checks on the instrument panel in certain situations, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Daimler says if the ignition in the affected trucks is turned from on to off to on too quickly, the ICU may not perform the required bulb checks for the anti-lock brake system or electronic stability control, as required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Senate files bill to allow under-21 truckers to drive interstate

A bill that would allow CDL holders under the age of 21 to cross state lines has been filed in the U.S. Senate. The Drive-Safe Act, which was also filed in the U.S. House in March, would institute extra training hurdles and require 18-20-year-old drivers to log hundreds of hours behind the wheel alongside a more experienced driver before being permitted to operate interstate. The bill is backed by the American Trucking Associations.

 

Currently, federal law prohibits interstate operations to drivers 21 years and older. However, proponents of allowing younger drivers to cross state lines argue that, in large states, drivers can operate on trips hundreds of miles long, yet can’t make much shorter trips across multiple states. They also argue that nabbing drivers at an earlier age — 18 or 19 instead of 21 — could expand the industry’s ability to attract career truck operators.

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EXTENDED ROAD CLOSURE ON NH ROUTE 127 IN HOPKINTON

TEN WEEK DETOUR IN PLACE DURING WORK ON HYDROELECTIC FACILITY

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the planned extended closure to through traffic of a section of NH Route 127 in Hopkinton for approximately ten weeks. 

Beginning Monday, August 27, 2018, Route 127 (Maple Street) will be closed immediately east of the Rowell Covered Bridge to allow for upgrades to the nearby hydroelectric facility.  These upgrades to a section of penstock will require excavation of the roadway.

During this construction work, a detour will be in place utilizing Interstate 89 and US Route 202. The only section of NH 127 being closed is the area of the penstock, downstream of the Hopkinton-Everett Reservoir.  Route 127 will still be accessible from both sides, but will not allow for through traffic.

Here’s our list of truck driver safety pointers perfect for both drivers new to their vehicles and savvy pros looking for a quick refresher.

Neil Nogues, YRC Freight, the 2018 NHMTA State Champion came home with the highly-coveted Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award.

 The Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award is sponsored by C.H. Robinson and recognizes a driver judged to best exemplify the characteristics of a professional truck driver. The criteria is based on their driving record, skill, knowledge, Photo courtesy Mickey Rafealattitude toward safety, and personality as evidenced by their work history and performance in various NTDC skills tests and overall professionalism. Contestants for the award must have competed at seven or more National Truck Driving Championships.

Three other drivers, one from New Hampshire and two from Vermont placed in the top five of their class.

From New Hampshire:

Paul Robichaud, Fed Ex Express, 4th Place Tanks

From Vermont:

Matt Smith, Fed Ex Express, 4th Place Twins

Chris Goddard, Fed Ex Express, 5th Place 3 Axel

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

7 Truck Driving Tips

Here’s our list of truck driver safety pointers perfect for both drivers new to their vehicles and savvy pros looking for a quick refresher.

1. Watch your blind spots

Other motorists may not be aware of a truck’s “no zones” — those where crashes are most likely to occur. Common “no zones” include:

·       Off to the side just in front of the cab

·       Just behind the side mirrors

·       Directly behind the truck

If others aren’t aware of these trouble spots, they may drive dangerously close. As frustrating as this can be, it’s up to you to exercise caution before turning or changing lanes and to maintain a safe distance.

2. Reduce speed in work zones

Roughly one-third of all fatal work-zone accidents involve large trucks. Make sure to take your time going through interstate construction — your delivery can always wait.

3. Maintain your truck

Give your vehicle a thorough check each morning (fluid levels, horn, mirrors, etc.). The brakes are particularly vital, given how much weight is riding on them. If you spot anything unusual, report it to dispatch before attempting to drive.

4. Load cargo wisely

The higher you stack cargo, the more drag on the truck. By stacking lower and spreading cargo through the full space of the truck, you can stay more nimble and improve your fuel economy.

5. Reduce speed on curves

Usually, following the speed limit is a good thing. When it comes to trucking, however, there are times when even adhering to posted signs is still too fast (confusing, we know).

Particularly on exit/entrance ramps, the speed limits are meant more for cars; trucks have a tendency to tip over if they take the curves too fast. When going through any curve, it’s best to set your speed far lower than the posted limit to make up for your rig’s unique dimensions.

6. Adjust for bad weather

Inclement weather causes roughly 25 percent of all speeding-related truck driving accidents. Cut your speed down by one-third on wet roads, and by one-half on snowy or icy ones.

Also allow more time for maneuvers in poor weather. Let your blinker run for a good 5 blinks before your change lanes, and signal for turns before slowing down.

And if you see other truckers pulling over, maybe it’s best you do likewise.

7. Take care of yourself

A big part of truck driver safety has less to do with your vehicle, and more to do with you. Getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising, and taking quality home time will all help you feel more content and refreshed behind the wheel — 2 qualities prized in any driver.

FMCSA scraps 2015 proposal to alter CSA to pursue larger reforms to program

Proposed revisions to the U.S. DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring program — and to how the DOT uses those scores to target carriers deemed at risk for crashes — are being withdrawn, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday in a formal notice. The changes, proposed in July 2015 by FMCSA, sought to better align CSA’s Safety Measurement System BASIC scores with carriers’ risk of being involved in a crash.

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NH IFTA Electronic Reporting Training

NHMTA has arranged a training session for members on the new IFTA electronic tax return program.  Please see the attached registration form to sign up for the class to be held at our office on July 10, 2018. 

This is a copy of the message recently sent out by NH DOS – Road Toll Bureau: 

New Hampshire Department of Safety Road Toll Bureau, (NH DOS RTB), is excited to announce that our International Fuel Tax Agreement Processing Consortium, (IPC), is now fully electronic and ready to allow authorized users to access their IFTA account online!  Licensees will finally have the convenience of filing their quarterly returns and make payments online. 

NH DOS RTB is implementing this new IFTA returns processing system as part of its initiative to streamline the way we do business. Anyone with Internet access and proper authorization can file an IFTA return electronically through our new IFTA system.  Our dedicated team members are ready to help you and your company every step of the way.

We would like to invite you to file your 2nd Quarter, 2018, IFTA Return using the online filing feature.  We have created an IFTA Returns Processing System Quick Reference Guide.  If you would like a copy we would be happy to email or mail it to you for your reference.  Send us an email request at https://nh.iftaipc.com, or call us at (603)271-2311.  When an IFTA return is filed online you will be given the option to print an invoice and send a check for the total amount due, or pay online using a MasterCard, Visa, and American Express Credit Cards.  If your online return results in a credit you will also have the option to request a refund. 

Should your company decide they would like to accept the invitation to file online there are a few system site requirements your company will need to be able to access the NH IFTA IPC:

  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader – Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or higher is required for viewing PDF files that are created by the IFTA IPC System. This software can be obtained from Adobe’s web site at:       http://get.adobe.com/reader/.           C)   Latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari.  
  2. In addition to filing your taxes online there will be other features available, such as ordering additional decals, and renewing licenses.  Filing online through the IFTA IPC System is completely voluntary.  If you prefer, you can continue to file using the IFTA paper returns that have been included in this mailing.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us by email, https://nh.iftaipc.com, or by telephone, (603) 271-2311.  We are looking forward to working with you! 
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