Misinformation May Lead to CDL Holders’ Downgraded Licenses

Be wary!  Many drivers and motor carriers are incorrectly assuming the Medical Examiner will submit proof of medical certification to State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) on behalf Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders. This is untrue. MEs have not been assigned this task. CDL holders that mistakenly believe this is taking place may find their CDLs downgraded (i.e., inactive for use in interstate commerce) if they fail to personally submit the medical examiner’s certificate

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NATSA To Host 2 Day DOT Regulatory Compliance Workshop

If you are looking for an intensive training program that not only covers Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations but also the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP), you should consider this once a year event hosted by the North American Transportation Services Association (NATSA).  The training provided is the most extensive available covering all Federal and State DOT regulatory agencies.  In addition to the workshops, regulators from the FMCSA, IRP and IFTA will be in attendance to answer questions.  The depth of material covered is well worth the expense.

This year’s event will be held in Nashville on September 17 and 18.  Find out more at www.natsa.info.  Alex Vukonich of Glostone will be hosting the CSA- In Depth workshop!  We hope to see you there

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Glostone Newsletter August 2014

Glostone Newsletter August 2014

Last Chance To File 2014-2015 Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

September 2nd is the deadline for carriers to file their 2014-2015 Heavy Vehicle Use Tax with the IRS.  Vehicles registered at 55,000 lbs. or more are required to file.  The amount of tax is based upon weight.  Those failing to file and pay the tax by the deadline date will face steep penalty and interest charges by the IRS.   Trucks without proof of payment of this tax will not be allowed to get 2015 tags until payment is made.  There are exemptions available for certain types of trucks and low mileage trucks.  Contact us at 503-607-1088 for help with your filing and avoid the long lines at the IRS!

NATSA To Host 2 Day DOT Regulatory Compliance Workshop

If you are looking for an intensive training program that not only covers Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations but also the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP), you should consider this once a year event hosted by the North American Transportation Services Association (NATSA).  The training provided is the most extensive available covering all Federal and State DOT regulatory agencies.  In addition to the workshops, regulators from the FMCSA, IRP and IFTA will be in attendance to answer questions.  The depth of material covered is well worth the expense.

This year’s event will be held in Nashville on September 17 and 18.  Find out more at www.natsa.info.  Alex Vukonich of Glostone will be hosting the CSA- In Depth workshop!  We hope to see you there!

DOT Certified Physicals Now Available With Expanded Hours

A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation went into effect May 1st requiring that health care professionals meeting the requirements to perform Driver Medical Examinations complete specialized training and register with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to become a “DOT Certified” practitioner.  The new rule also places a burden on the Carrier as part of the Driver Qualification File process to document that the practitioner performing each driver’s exam after May 1 has been DOT certified.

Over the past month, Glostone’s sister company CleanFleet has contracted with Dr. Angela Ozeruga D.C., and Dr. Kristen Livingston D.C., both DOT certified examiners , in order to expand the hours it can offer DOT physical exams at the Clackamas location. “Having Dr. Ozeruga and Dr. Livingston come onboard and help us expand hours for DOT physicals has been a huge benefit to our members,” says Brian Gray, CleanFleet COO. “We now can provide our members even more convenience and flexibility in scheduling their physicals with very low wait times,” he said.

DOT Physical Hours At Clackamas:

Monday               8:00 – 12:00

Wednesday         12:00 – 4:00

Thursday              8:00 – 5:00

Friday                   8:00 -12:00

The addition of Dr.’s Ozeruga and Livingston covering the Clackamas location has allowed Dr. Julia Wilber D.C. to start offering DOT physicals at the new Marine Drive location on an appointment basis.  In addition to DOT Certified Physicals exams, each Doctor offers more extensive agility testing and chiropractic services for those in need.

Walk-ins are welcome at the Clackamas location but to ensure a low wait time it’s always best to schedule an appointment by calling 503-479-6082.

 

Rules Of The Road Learning Center

Glostone Trucking Solutions, along with sister company CleanFleet, has launched the Rules of the Road Learning Center.  The Learning Center offers a suite of training options designed to provide knowledge and best practices involved with regulatory compliance within the trucking industry.

“As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ramps up the enforcement phase of its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, we are seeing a significant jump in the number violations, audits and safety fitness ratings negatively impacting our clients” says Dave Gray, President of Glostone Trucking Solutions.  “When addressing the FMCSA to upgrade a poor safety rating, it always comes down to education, both at the company level and the driver level.  Before the FMCSA allows a carrier to upgrade their safety rating, they will ensure that the ownership has the regulatory knowledge, the correct practices are in place and that the compliance practices are being managed.  Our Rules of the Road Learning Center is designed to provide that education before the violations occur and keep our clients out of the audit process.”

Training formats include a 30 person classroom located at the Clackamas, Oregon location as well as a large group Webinar format, small group GoToMeeting format or one-on-one training conducted on site.  Also available is a library of over 300, 5 to 15 minute videos that can be viewed online, 24/7 and includes verifiable completion certificate.

Training topics cover the gamut of FMCSR regulatory compliance issues including:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR)fundamentals,
  • Driver Hours of Service,
  • Designated Employer Representative (DER) Drug & Alcohol Program Responsibilities,
  • Driver Responsibilities Within a DOT Compliant Drug and Alcohol Program,
  • Managing your CSA scores,
  • Reasonable Suspicion Training For Supervisors,
  • New Entrant Training: Surviving the first year,
  • And more!

Other regulatory compliance training topics include:

  • Getting The Right Plates And Tags For Trucks
  • International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Tax Reporting and Compliance
  • Basic Small Carrier Accounting and Payroll
  • Electronic Logging Devise Overview Training
  • And more!

You can find out more about the Rules Of The Road Learning Center, available training courses, and schedule by going to http://www.rulesoftheroadlc.com/wordpress1/ or by contacting Glostone Trucking Solutions at 503-607-1088.

 

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FMCSA GRANTS EXEMPTION TO LIVESTOCK HAULERS

After a yearlong effort, the Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference, in conjunction with a coalition of livestock organizations, secured a one year exemption for livestock haulers from the 30 minute rest break. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced their decision to exempt drivers of vehicles hauling livestock from the 30-minute break requirement during the first eight hours of on-duty time. Drivers transporting agricultural commodities, including livestock, within a 150-air mile radius of the source of those commodities who already exempt from the HOS rules and are not affected by this action. In 2013, FMCSA granted livestock haulers a 90-day waiver during the hot summer months with no adverse effects to safety. FMCSA has received four petitions for exemptions, which only address the 30 minute break requirement of the HOS rule, and this is the second to be granted. Click here to view the federal register notice.

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Glostone Newsletter June, 2014

Glostone Newsletter

An Important Law Affecting CMV Drivers Goes Into Effect

To keep America’s interstate CMV drivers healthy and our roads safer, all interstate CMV drivers are now required to have their medical examinations performed by a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. If you’re an interstate CMV driver, you already need a valid medical certificate signed by a medical examiner. The only change is that after May 21, 2014, you’ll need to go to a certified medical examiner for your medical certificate. If you’ve already had an exam and have a current certificate, that certificate will be valid until its regular expiration date.

You can find certified medical examiners in your area—or anywhere in the country—easily by: 1. Visit the National Registry Web site and search by Zip Code, State, or examiner name. 2. Choose a certified medical examiner from the list and call to make an appointment. 3. If your preferred health care professional isn’t on the list, simply refer him or her to the Certified Medical Examiners page to learn more about getting certified.

You can find more information by going to the National Registry Web site at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/getting-started/or by calling CleanFleet at 503-479-6082.  CleanFleet can schedule a driver medical exam conducted by FMCSA certified Dr Julia Wilber at either their Clackamas or Marine Drive locations.

TELEMATICS SUCCESS ‘DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT’

By Truck Fleet Management

Investment in a telematics system, commonly referred to as electronic on board recorders, should be seen as a long-term strategy that can generate results beyond initial goals, fleet management experts said here during the NAFA Fleet Management Association’s annual Institute & Expo.

“We have seen good results so far, but it doesn’t happen overnight,” said Scott Darling, corporate fleet manager for energy company BP PLC in Houston. Speaking during a panel discussion, Darling said his company’s focus is on driver safety and aims to use the data it collects to reduce accidents and injuries across its global fleet of 12,000 vehicles. About 80% of them are pickup trucks, he said.

In the company’s pipeline operation, around 300 trucks have been outfitted with telematics devices. But before those devices were installed, Darling said, BP researched the technology’s lifecycle.

“You have hardware costs, installation costs, activation costs and monthly fees,” he said, adding that fleets also must consider whether a selected vehicle will remain in service for the life of the telematics device. “You have to keep track of that, because it affects overall cost,” he said.

Keeping track of the data collected is a separate challenge, one that can occupy significant staff resources. “There is a return on investment consideration with people, too,” Darling said. “Who is looking at the data? Do you need an analyst? And do you need someone to manage the devices?”

Glostone Trucking Solutions works with clients using telematics to help manage their data.  “We work with each client on their individual telematics goals by providing management, analysis, reporting and storage of the data” says Dave Gray, President of Glostone Trucking Solutions.   “As an example, we have a client using the popular Rand McNally telematics system for its distance tracking used in IFTA tax reporting.  Rand McNally only stores the data for 6 months but IFTA requires the data be kept for 4 years.  We manage the data for the client, provide the IFTA tax reporting plus store the proper data components so the company is covered in the event of an audit,”

Telematics is a costly, upfront expense.  To make the investment cost effective, the data must be carefully managed and then aggressively integrated into the day to day operations of the company to reduce risk, lower costs, improve efficiencies and increase compliance.

 

Glostone Trucking Solutions Now An EROAD Dealer!

Glostone Trucking Solutions is proud to announce a strategic alliance with EROAD, a leading transport technology and services company.  EROAD is the first provider to offer motor carriers an electronic service for managing and paying weight-mile taxes.  In addition, the EROAD solution provides a wide-range of fleet tracking and regulatory services including IFTA and IRP reporting, fuel management, messaging and maintenance support.

The EROAD system received an independent unqualified opinion by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Audit Division that said in part “We found that the EROAD system accurately and reliably captures and calculates Oregon weight-mile tax information.  We also found the company provides a secure and stable environment for transmitting, processing and storing motor carrier weight-mile tax information.”

The Glostone-EROAD alliance means that Glostone can provide state of the art mileage tracking, tax reporting, and electronic logging systems to its clients.  EROAD users can manage the data system on their own or continue to partner with Glostone to expertly set up, maintain, manage and integrate the benefits of the EROAD system into their day to day operations.

The EROAD/Glostone combination provides carriers the tools and compliance expertise that will increase compliance, reduce risk, lower operating costs, improve efficiencies, and create better, safer drivers.  Call us for more information at 503-607-1088 or visit the EROAD website at www.eroad.com!

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