Friday, May 11, 2007

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Roadcheck

Following up on the posting earlier this week regarding increased attention at the Michigan/Ontario border, here is another alert for transportation companies - even more inspections are on the way:

The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck will occur from June 5-7 throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States. About 10,000 CVSA inspectors will be deployed along major highways with roving patrols on other roadways. This year's enforcement and educational event will focus on Level I inspections (driver and vehicle) and also highlight the importance of safety belts and motor coach safety. A level one inspection is described as:
An inspection that includes examination of driver's license; medical examiner's certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate (if applicable); alcohol and drugs; driver's record of duty status as required; hours of service; seat belt; vehicle inspection report (if applicable); brake systems; coupling devices; exhaust systems; frame; fuel systems; lighting devices (turn signals, brake lamps, tail lamps, head lamps and lamps/flags on projecting loads); safe loading; steering mechanism; suspension; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels and rims; windshield wipers; emergency exits for buses; HM requirements as applicable. HM required inspection items will be inspected by certified HM inspectors.
Common sense says that your HR and Safety Departments, as well as you drivers, should be alerted. There is no reason to be caught unaware and subject to unnecessary citations. Further, your dispatch staff and possibly your customers should be aware that possible added delays could occur on those dates.


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

All Eyes On The Ontario Border

A hole was created in the Michigan state budget when the federal government discontinued the Single State Registration Program on January 1, 2007. In order to fill that hole, a safety enforcement program was created and funded. The State is taking advantage of that funding.

A story in Today's Trucking Online referring to a press release originating in Toronto, states that from now until October 1, the Michigan State Police will be giving increased attention to Ontario-Michigan commercial border crossings as well as the corridors leading to those crossings. Through the funding provided for the enforcement program and the fines generated by the tickets, the state will recover some of the lost revenues. Cross-border carriers beware.

By the way, on October 1, 2007, the UCRA (which replaces the Single State Registration) and the fees for the UCRA program, become effective. At that time, everyone in the transportation industry should pay attention.

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