Software integration for Drug and Alcohol Testing Program delayed

MTAC has been advised that the software integration with DISA (the firm which acquired Fleet Screen, the administrator of MTAC’s drug and alcohol testing program) has been pushed back until Aug. 1. In the meantime, the MTAC drug and alcohol testing program continues, business as usual.

Once implemented, the new online platform will be used for various aspects of communication regarding the drug and alcohol testing process, for example, printing authorization forms, accessing test results, marking a driver as “unavailable” for a test on a particular day, etc.

There is one more training webinar on Monday, June 29, which will provide an overview of how to use the new online platform.

Details including dial-in number and access code will be sent to MTAC members via email on June 26 at 7 a.m. ET.

Nuclear jury awards against truckers on the rise, ATRI study shows

From Transport Topics.

In the past five years there were nearly 300 court cases resulting in jury verdicts over $1 million against trucking fleets, according to a new American Transportation Research Institute analysis made public on June 23.

The 80-page report, “Understanding the Impact of Nuclear Verdicts on the Trucking Industry,” was the result of comprehensive research into large and so-called “nuclear verdicts’’ from 2006-2019.

It confirmed what many truckers are seeing anecdotally: Large verdicts against motor carriers are increasing dramatically both in number and size.

See the complete article from Transport Topics online.

ReOpen Connecticut – Why testing is important

From State of Connecticut.

Connecticut is making progress in fighting COVID-19. Our success is because of people like you, that have been taking precautions such as wearing a mask in public and washing your hands frequently. But the fight continues, and it is not over yet.

The next step to stopping the spread of COVID-19 is making sure we get tested. Testing protects our family, our friends, and our neighbors because a lot of times people don’t show any symptoms but still carry the virus. Testing helps us to identify if and where there is an outbreak so we can prevent it from escalating and spreading further. Most of us have been working every day, taking care of our families, and have not had the chance yet to get tested.

Click here to find the nearest testing facility in your community and the latest guidance from the state.

Enclosed are links for materials we strongly encourage you to post inside your organizations and share on your social media. These are critically important to reach as many people as possible.

Do yourself and your loved ones a favor – get tested today!

Connecticut DMV updates availability of services

As the state begins to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced changes regarding the availability of some of the services they provide. Select services are now offered by appointment only. Those services include issuance of new licenses and IDs, license and ID renewals, out of state license and registration transfers, and CDL upgrades. Registration services (new registrations) will begin on June 30, 2020, in Wethersfield, Willimantic, and Danbury locations. Appointments can be made by visiting the DMV website portal.

CT DMV is also reminding customers that some services are offered online. They include: registration renewal, registration and license status, registration cancellation, emissions test late fees, etc. Access online DMV services on their website.

The June 23 announcement from CT DMV is available as a PDF.

MTAC drug and alcohol testing program

The administrator of MTAC’s drug and alcohol testing program, Fleet Screen, was recently acquired by DISA Global Solutions. As part of this transition, a new online platform is being rolled out for use by members in the drug and alcohol testing program. Training sessions for the new online platform are being offered over the next couple of weeks.

The message below from Fleet Screen and DISA announcing training sessions is being sent to members in MTAC’s drug and alcohol testing program. MTAC members in the drug and alcohol testing program are encouraged to participate in a training session, because the new online platform will be used for various aspects of communication regarding the drug and alcohol testing process, including, but not limited to, reporting results.

MTAC is also engaged in discussions with DISA Global Solutions about potentially offering additional products and services to MTAC members in the future.

Please contact the MTAC office with any questions.

Message from Fleet Screen & DISA

As part of our ongoing efforts to deliver the best service possible to you, our loyal clients, FleetScreen will be transitioning onto DISA’s AWSI platform in July. Online training will be available beginning on Monday June 22 with three additional sessions available in English over the course of that week as well as a session available in Spanish on June 23. A recorded version of this training will be made available online for your review.

DISA’s AWSI Platform Client Training

Details including dial-in numbers and access codes were sent to MTAC members via email on June 19.

  • Monday, June 22 at Noon CT
  • Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m. CT (Spanish Session)
  • Tuesday, June 23 at Noon CT
  • Thursday, June 25 at 10 a.m. CT
  • Monday, June 29 at Noon CT

FMCSA reverses course, extends Med Card waiver extension

A couple of weeks ago, MTAC reported (based on word from FMCSA) that the agency would not be extending the medical card waiver beyond June 30, 2020. This week, FMCSA has reversed course, and extended the medical card waiver until September 30, 2020.

In their notice, FMCSA states that “… many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response. Consequently, drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).” The notice adds, “Consistent with the statutory requirements for waivers, FMCSA has determined that it is in the public interest to grant a waiver, limited in scope and circumstances, that is likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the waiver, until September 30, 2020.” A copy of the notice from FMCSA is available as a PDF.

MTAC urges members who are still able, to have a physical completed by a Certified Medical Examiner (CME). Drivers should not let their medical cards expire solely because of this waiver. This waiver is meant for drivers who are truly unable to get an appointment with a CME.

Members can use this FMCSA website to search for Certified Medical Examiners in Connecticut who are qualified to perform the physical examinations. Additionally, once the driver has obtained medical certification, the medical cards (short form) must be submitted to Connecticut DMV using this website.

Waterbury Mixmaster project to close lanes on I-84, Route 8

From CT Post.

Ongoing work with the rehabilitation of the “Mixmaster” in Waterbury will required lane closures on I-84 and Route 8.

The $153 million project consists of the rehabilitation of numerous bridges located within the Route 8 and I-84 interchange.

The project won’t be finished until September 2022.

Lane closures on I-84 eastbound will begin on Sunday and will continue every Sunday through Friday night.

See the complete article from CT Post online.

Load restriction still in effect for Stevenson Dam Bridge (Route 34)

From CT Post.

A load restriction of 15 tons will be enforced along Route 34 at the Stevenson Dam Bridge until repairs on the roadway in the area are complete.

Route 34 carries traffic over the Housatonic River between Monroe and Oxford.

The load restriction was decided on by the state Department of Transportation and announced by Monroe police and the Derby City Clerk’s Office.

The restriction to 15 tons applies to all vehicles and will remain in place “until needed repairs are designed and completed,” the DOT alert said.

See the article from CT Post online.

Reopen Connecticut – Best public health practices

From the State of Connecticut.

The State of Connecticut is taking some important steps to reopen and get back to work as we enter Phase 2 on June 17th and more businesses are able to welcome customers. By working together and practicing social distancing when possible, we have seen some changes in data that allow us to move ahead. As we slowly adjust to this new normal, it is important to continue to take this virus seriously and protect ourselves, our families and our community from a second wave of COVID-19. Please remember to:

  • Wash Your Hands Often
  • Wear a Mask when indoors and around others
  • Get Tested if you show any symptoms, such as fever or shortness of breath
  • Clean & Disinfect your workspaces
  • Check on your loved ones often, especially if they are isolated

We have recently reorganized our www.ct.gov/coronavirus site to make new information easier to find including guidelines for businesses, childcare for parents and assistance available to residents. You can also check our CT Covid-19 Response Facebook page for latest updates. Additional information can also find more information on the CDC website.

View best practices on how to protect yourself and others.

Crash Preventability Determination Program changes to SMS

Motor carriers participating in FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) will see their Safety Measurement System (SMS) information change within 60 days after the Agency’s determinations. FMCSA will continue to list all crashes on the SMS Website. However, crashes determined to be Not Preventable through the CPDP will appear in a separate table titled “Reviewed – Not Preventable Crashes.” In addition, crashes found to be Not Preventable by the CPDP will not be included in the carrier’s Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) measure and percentile.

Crashes determined to be Preventable and Undecided will be included in the display on SMS with notations that read, “Reviewed – Preventable: FMCSA reviewed this crash and determined that it was Preventable” or “Reviewed – Undecided: FMCSA reviewed this crash and could not make a preventability determination based on the evidence provided.” These crashes will be included in the Crash Indicator BASIC measures and percentiles. Crashes reviewed as part of the Agency’s previous demonstration program continue to be listed and continue to be included in the Crash Indicator BASIC.

For more information, please visit the Crash Preventability Determination Program page. The website includes a detailed submitter guide explaining how to submit Requests for Data Review in DataQs, an eligibility guide for the 16 crash types, frequently asked questions, and more.