May 2015

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COMMERCIAL CARRIER JOURNAL | MAY 2015 11 JOURNAL NEWS t Roadcheck, the annual truck and bus inspection blitz conducted jointly by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other agencies, is set for June 2-4. Roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and fed- eral enforcement agencies will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across North America and perform nearly 70,000 Level I inspections with an emphasis on cargo securement. Last year's Roadcheck resulted in a vehicle out-of-service rate of 18.7 percent and a driver out-of-service rate of 4.8 percent. t 5IF64%FQBSUNFOUPG5SBOTQPSUBUJPOT April status report on rulemakings projected a proposed speed limiter mandate would be published in the Federal Register July 27, instead of the June 22 projection in its March report. The agency's Safety Fitness Determination rule also was delayed one month and now is projected to be published Aug. 17; the original date was July 15. t Fine levels for violations of 'FEFSBM.PUPS $BSSJFS4BGFUZ3FHVMBUJPOT were increased across the board by FMCSA. The higher fines, which take effect 60 days from their April 3 publication in the Federal Register, were man- dated by 2012's MAP-21 highway funding law and are meant to account for inflation. t "SFRVFTUto exempt freight forwarders and brokers from the $75,000 minimum bond requirement put in place by Congress was denied by FMCSA. The Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents sought an exemption for all forwarders and brokers, not a single entity. FMCSA responded that it did not have the authority to grant such a wide exemption – a claim AIPBA disputed – and that the bond require- ment was necessary to protect shippers. t 5IF64%FQBSUNFOUPG%FGFOTF requested a two-year renewal through October 2017 of an exemption for its Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command from the 30-minute rest break requirement of the 2013 hours-of-service rule. SDDC carriers often provide dual driver-protective services while transporting weapons, munitions and otherwise sensitive cargo to provide continuous attendance and surveillance. SDDC said about 1,942 power units and 3,000 drivers would be covered by the exemption if granted by FMCSA. t %SVH BOE BMDPIPM UFTU SFTVMUT were requested from randomly selected trucking companies by FMCSA. The fleets were noti- fied by the agency via email and must sub- mit their 2014 testing results by May 15. t 3FBEZNJYDPODSFUFIBVMFSTwere granted an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement implemented in the 2013 hours-of-service changes. Drivers may use 30 minutes or more of "waiting time" as long as they do not work during the down period, FMCSA said. Carriers must have a safety rating of "Satisfactory" and have Safety Measurement System rankings in the agency's Compliance Safety Accountability program above the intervention threshold. The exemption is good until April 3, 2017. t 5'4DPUU%BSMJOH FMCSA chief counsel, still is running the agency following the end of his seven-month tenure as acting administra- tor. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in late March delegated Darling the responsibility for performing the duties of FMCSA administrator as chief counsel because the position must be filled by presi- dential nomination and confirmed by the Senate. Darling has headed the agency since former FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro's August 2014 departure. t +BNFT%8JOTPSwho headed multiple trucking industry trade publications over five decades, died April 7 at the age of 82. Winsor started at CCJ in 1957 and worked his way up to editor-in-chief, where he stayed until 1983 until leaving to become executive editor of Heavy Duty Trucking. He also was active with ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council. INBRIEF 5/15 Specifi cations are subject to change without notice. Detroit Diesel Corporation is registered to ISO 9001:2008. Copyright © 2015 Detroit Diesel Corporation. All rights reserved. Detroit ™ is a brand of Detroit Diesel Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company. DEMANDDETROIT.COM Engines, axles and a transmission all engineered and designed to work together as one. An entire powertrain built and backed by a single manufacturer for greater effi ciency and profi tability. That is the power and value of Detroit. ONLY DETROIT CAN DELIVER THIS LEVEL OF integration.

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