Nominations sought for annual Trucking’s Top Rookie award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Mike O’Connell Trucking’s Top Rookie Award contest, presented by CCJ sister publication Truckers News.

Truckers News is looking for the best driver who has been behind the wheel for no more than a year. The winner receives $10,000 and a package of prizes. Nine other finalists will each receive $1,000 and prizes packages as well.

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FMCSA eases process for drivers to upgrade to Class A CDL

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a new final rule streamlining the process of upgrading from a Class B to Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL). 

The new rule amends the entry-level driver training regulations published in 2016 that required the same level of theory training for individuals obtaining a CDL for the first time as for those who already hold a Class B CDL and are upgrading to a Class A. FMCSA said it has concluded that eliminating that requirement “will maintain the same level of safety” as established in the 2016 rule. 

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REGIONAL TRUCK DETOUR DURING NH ROUTE 9 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN SULLIVAN SEVEN MONTH DETOUR BEGINNING ABOUT APRIL 1 WILL USE US 202 AND NH 101

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the planned implementation on or about April 1, 2019 of a regional truck detour to allow for the replacement of the NH Route 9 bridge over Otter Brook in Sullivan. During the bridge replacement project, a planned local detour route for light vehicles will involve a narrow roadway and sharp turn that will not be easily navigated by larger trucks, large motor homes, and vehicles hauling large travel trailers. A signed detour will direct westbound truck traffic on NH Route 9 to turn onto US 202 in Hillsborough, to NH Route 101 in Peterborough and proceed west to Keene. The detour heading eastbound will be to NH 101 in Keene to US 202 in Peterborough to NH 9 in Hillsborough. This roadway reconstruction project along Route 9 begins near the Granite Gorge Ski Area in Roxbury and continues easterly for approximately 2.1 miles to the Centre Street intersection in Sullivan. Road work includes tree removal on the steep ridgeline slopes and slope reduction to improve sight distances. The project will also include significant drainage and guardrail improvements. Bridge work entails replacing the existing NH Route 9 bridge over Otter Brook, and rehabilitating the Centre Street Bridge over Otter Brook.

AMENDED REGIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2019-001

CONNECTICUT, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, MISSISSIPPI, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, VERMONT AND WISCONSIN This Amended Regional Emergency was updated to include South Dakota. The expiration date remains the same, February 17, 2019. By execution of this amendment to the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into the Affected States are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein. Please keep a copy of the Waiver in the cab of your truck. Here is the link: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/esc-msc-ssc-wsc-amended-regional-emergency-declaration-2019-001-winter-storms-02-08-2019

Amended Regional Emergency Waiver Declaration extended to February 17

 Attached is the Regional Emergency Declaration from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The waiver includes heating oil, propane, and gasoline to the affected area (Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin) and is in effect for the duration of the emergency or February 17, 2019, whichever is less. This waiver is intended for interstate commerce. Please refer to attached waiver for details. Please keep a copy of this waiver in the cab of your truck.

Diesel gelling and how to stop it this winter

Diesel engines can be temperamental in the winter. Fleet owners get an unwelcome reminder of this every year. But your operation doesn’t have to hinge on the mercy of weather. Here’s what you need to know to put cold weather diesel problems on ice. There’s no worse sound on a cold winter morning than the sputter of a diesel engine that won’t start. No matter how much freight you need to deliver, it’s not going anywhere if cold weather gets the best of your rig. Read more

FMCSA’s hours of service proposal could be impeded by government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government could delay the publication of a proposed rule to reform hours of service regulations, according to a U.S. DOT official. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials hinted in December that a notice of proposed rulemaking offering potential revisions to federal hours regs could come as early as March. But the lingering closure of federal agencies will impede FMCSA’s ability to proceed with the rulemaking process, the official said. Read More

What is REAL ID?

Effective October 1, 2020, a REAL ID Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card, or a Passport will be required to board an airplane for domestic flights or enter a secure federal facility. Your current Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card will be accepted until October 1, 2020. Your REAL ID Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card will be marked with a star in the top right corner to indicate it may be used for federal identification. NH License with the star indicating that it may be used for federal identification

NH Department of Safety News

The State of New Hampshire, Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles is excited to announce its participation in the CDL modernization effort. The DMV will be hosting an event this spring in conjunction with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). New Hampshire has been chosen as the place to pilot test the new CDL testing model. This is a great opportunity to participate in the changing of the current CDL test model. In the coming months, the DMV will be looking for volunteer companies and drivers. Please stay tuned for further information!