Happy Holidays Everyone!
Dreaming of a white Christmas took on a whole new meaning here in the Tri-state area. As I write this newsletter I am looking out the window at 30 inches of snow. I am glad Santa could get here before the storm hit, but I do not think it did much for the post Christmas shoppers.
We here at CAB would like to take a moment to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you to help that happen.
I will keep this short as I have to quickly move on to writing the yearly report That report will be coming your way in the next few weeks.
CSA 2010 – The FMCSA has no need to change the name of its newest system as it was able to roll out CSA2010 before the end of 2010. It was touch and go at the end as some industry groups tried to block the roll-out. That effort was denied by the court. The first few days that the site was active saw hits of over 22,000 per hour, swamping the system. SafeStat numbers are gone, replaced now with the BASIC system. Our premium subscribers can already get the information on our site, along with a comprehensive analysis of the carrier’s operations.
BROKER REGULATIONS – New FMCSA rules will go into effect at the end of January which will require brokers, among other things, to utilize only authorized carriers, to physically survey shipments within 50 miles of the mover or the broker and only advertise the use of carriers for which the broker has a contract. In 2012 the bond requirement will also go from $10,000 to $25,000. A copy of the final rule can be viewed here.
HOURS OF SERVICE.- The FMCSA has been busy this month. The new proposed hours of service rules have now been released. There is not much that was changed. While the hours have been reduced to 13 hours, a driver can now take a one hour rest and then continue to complete 14 hours of service. The 34 hour restart rule also applies, provided that there are 2 rest periods – from midnight to 6 a.m. A restart will only be allowed once in a seven day period. The proposed regulations, which are not open to comment can be viewed here.
FOOD SAFETY AND MODERINIZATION ACT – The Act has passed Congress and has gone to the President for signature. Under the new act, the FDA will be able to recall products if there is suspected contamination and will also have control over goods being imported from other countries. It is expected that the FDA will follow with additional regulations which will impact the transportation industry.
DISTRACTED DRIVERS – The DOT has issued new proposed regulations which prohibit commercial vehicle operators from using hand held cell phone devices. Each offense will bring a $2,750 fine and possible suspension of the driver’s CDL after additional violations. The proposed regulations can be viewed here.