CVSA Roadcheck – Focus on Tires

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections.

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. During the annual three-day event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for 2016 International Roadcheck is tire safety (i.e., measuring the tire tread depth, checking the tire pressure, checking to make sure that no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tire to make sure that no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls of the tire).

See the full article announcing CVSA’s 2016 Road Check.

Connecticut found lagging in highway investment

An excerpt from Hartford Business Journal article.

Connecticut spends less than 20 cents of each dollar it collects in highway user fees to build and maintain its highways, a leading state trucking lobby says.

The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut said Wednesday it reached that conclusion after reviewing available data from the Federal Highway Administration.

A simple calculation of the data shows that not even 20 percent of this state’s highway user fees are put into highways, MTAC President Joseph Sculley said.

Read the full article.

Expect I-95 closures between Old Lyme and East Lyme through April 22

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that construction activities related to the replacement of the Society Road bridge over I-95, between Old Lyme and East Lyme is expected to cause significant delays. The work is tentatively scheduled to occur during the following periods; Monday, April 4 through Friday April 8, 2016, and if needed Monday, April 11 through Friday April 15, 2016.

Update: Due to inclement weather, the DOT is anticipating work requiring a detour to roll into an additional week.  Closures are now expected the week of Monday, April 18 through Friday April 22, 2016

There will be closures of I-95 in between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on the aforementioned dates. Please be advised a marked detour will be in place but some delays are to be expected. CT DOT is requesting that those who can avoid this area to do so.

An updated PDF containing the full details of the closures as well as a layout of the detour is available.

Traffic advisory for Cheshire, Connecticut (Route 70)

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation plans to resurface Route 70 (Academy Rd/S. Meriden Rd) from Route 10 to Cortland Circle. Portions of the road will be milled, starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 4, and continuing on April 5 – 8, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Paving will begin at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 11, and will continue each day thereafter staring at 6:30 a.m. until paving is completed over the entire section. Work is scheduled to be completed at 3 p.m. each day. Both milling and paving will begin at the Route 10 intersection and continue eastbound to the intersection with Cortland Cir.

Commuters are encouraged to find alternative routes during the anticipated project timeline.

MTAC testifies against revenue diversions

On March 18, 2016, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified in opposition to Raised Bill 453, which would divert revenue from the Special Transportation Fund. The bill proposes that 50% of revenue from fines issued for blocking an intersection in the three largest municipalities be remitted to the municipality in which it was issued. Currently, 100% of the fine revenue goes to the Special Transportation Fund.

During his testimony, Joe Sculley stated:

This is a perfect example of a diversion of transportation revenue that should be going to the Special Transportation Fund (STF). The legislature is in the midst of considering the “lockbox” proposal, which would be created by Constitutional amendment. This bill should be considered a signal that there is a clear intention to continue to raid the Special Transportation Fund to send transportation revenue to non-transportation purposes, whether there is a lockbox or not. If the current version of the lockbox were to become law, and this bill was being considered next session instead of this session, it would not make any difference. The current version of the lockbox would not stop this diversion of revenue. Not only could this fine revenue be diverted now or after the hypothetical passage of this lockbox, so could fuel taxes, registration fees, or anything else.

To see a copy of the entire testimony, click here.

Safety recall issued by Volvo Trucks

volvo-identification-steering-shaftThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a bulletin based upon a safety recall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8 motor vehicles, with more than 17,000 affected vehicles in the United States. FMCSA has become aware of a critical safety defect that could severely affect the safe operation of these vehicles due to a faulty two-piece steering shaft. This condition can lead to separation of the steering shaft without warning and an immediate loss of steering ability and control which may lead to a vehicle crash. Operators of vehicles affected by the Volvo recall should take the vehicles out of service as soon as possible. FMCSA is publishing this advisory bulletin to raise awareness of this issue in order to prevent serious crashes.

FMCSA and State inspectors are advised that certain 2016 and 2017 Volvo and Mack Titan model trucks may be affected by the recall. Volvo has advised that carriers contact the Volvo Customer Support line below to determine what, if any, action is necessary. If FMCSA or State inspectors identify a potentially affected vehicle, the driver should be directed to call Volvo Customer Support at (877) 800-4945 (Option 1) prior to proceeding, and to follow the instructions provided by Volvo.

The included graphic illustrates how to identify these vehicles and may be provided to potentially affected drivers who are contacting Volvo.

In addition to being a serious safety issue, continuing to operate these vehicles could be considered a violation of 49 C.F.R. § 396.7, which prohibits operation of a vehicle in a condition likely to cause an accident or a breakdown. Safety demands that operators of these vehicles take prompt and appropriate action to ensure this issue is addressed. Motor carriers that violate applicable regulations may face enforcement action including, but not limited to, civil penalties and a finding that the defect constitutes an out-of-service condition.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Part 573 Safety Recall Report has been posted online.

Transportation Lockbox bill passes committee

From The Hartford Courant.

‘Transportation Lockbox’ Bill Passes Committee — With Warning

A measure to protect state transportation funds won a narrow victory Monday at a legislative committee, but Republican lawmakers made clear that they will sink it later on unless the wording becomes stronger.

“People have raised the suspicion that this is just a ruse to have the public accept a new revenue scheme,” Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, told her colleagues on the transportation committee.

Several Republicans ultimately voted with Democrats to pass along Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed “transportation lockbox” to the full General Assembly. But they warned that unless legislative leaders toughen up the bill in the coming weeks, they will vote it down if it reaches the House or Senate floor.

Read the full article.

Troopers enforce Move Over Law

From WTNH – Connecticut State Police are conducting an awareness campaign to remind drivers of the Move Over Law. Beginning on February 22, troopers began aggressively pushing the campaign on social media, reminding people that if you see any type of emergency vehicle, highway maintenance crew, or tow truck on the side of the road you MUST either slow down or move over as you approach and pass.

Read the full article online at the WTNH website.

FMCSA announces plans to issue proposed entry-level driver training rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 4 made public its “negotiated” proposed entry-level driver training rule that would revise the standards required for new interstate and intrastate commercial vehicle operators to obtain a commercial driver license.

The proposal does not specify a minimum number of hours that driver-trainees must spend on classroom theory, but it would require that Class A CDL driver-trainees receive a minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training, with a minimum of 10 hours on a driving range.

The Class A driving instruction also must include either driving 10 of the total required hours on a public road or 10 public road trips — each being at least 50 minutes.

Class B CDL driver-trainees must receive a minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training, with a minimum of seven hours of public road driving.

The proposal said the entities providing training must meet minimum curriculum qualifications, be listed on FMCSA’s proposed training provider registry and submit electronically to FMCSA the training certificate for each individual who completes the training.

See full article originally published in Transport Topics.

FHWA releases size & weight changes guidance

From the CVSA Newsletter.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a memo providing guidance regarding the commercial motor vehicle size and weight changes included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. FHWA will be scheduling informational webinars to further review these changes and CVSA will circulate that information when it becomes available.