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Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Announces Event Promoting Transportation Career Opportunities

September 20, 2022

MDOT - Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary James F. Ports, Jr., will lead a Skilled Trades Partnering Event at MDOT Headquarters in Hanover to discuss MDOT job opportunities and how apprentice programs, internships and partnerships can help students and others train for rewarding careers in transportation with good salaries and benefits. Organizations invited to attend include community colleges, trade schools and high schools with vocational education programs. Secretary Ports will be joined by State Sen. James Rosapepe (District 21, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel), an advocate for workforce development and apprenticeship programs. Representatives of MDOT business units also will attend, and several MDOT employees who started their careers in apprentice or internship programs will share their stories.

The event will take place at 9 AM on September 22, 2022 at MDOT Headquarters, located at 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076.

The initiative was established to address the immediate need to recruit and train skilled workers across many state agencies and private industries. MDOT has hundreds of skilled worker jobs available for mechanics, electricians, carpenters, masons, plumbers, HVAC technicians, aircraft service workers and others. MDOT has utilized apprentice and internship programs to provide many Marylanders with rewarding careers, and is hoping to enlist additional partners to help create the state’s future transportation workforce. Careers in transportation can offer packages that include a competitive salary, health benefits, retirement plan, paid leave, tuition reimbursement, on-the-job training and more.


CVSA Releases 2022 International Roadcheck Results

September 20, 2022

Over the three days of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative, CVSA-certified inspectors conducted 59,026 inspections. They placed 12,456 commercial motor vehicles and 3,714 commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service.

A commercial motor vehicle is placed out of service when an inspector finds critical vehicle inspection item out-of-service violations, which are outlined in CVSA’s North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, during a roadside inspection. Being placed out of service means the driver or vehicle is prohibited from operation for a specified period of time or until the violation is corrected.

Out of the 48,966 Level I and II Inspections conducted in Canada and the United States, 11,181 vehicles were placed out of service, which is a 22.8% vehicle out-of-service rate, and 3118 drivers were placed out of service, which is a 6.4% driver out-of-service rate.

Each year, CVSA highlights a certain aspect of the roadside inspection. This year, the focus was on wheel ends. Out of the top 10 vehicle out-of-service violations, tires ranked second and wheels came in seventh. Of the 18,213 total vehicle out-of-service violations, there were 3,374 tire out-of-service violations, accounting for 18.5% of all vehicle out-of-service violations, and there were 784 wheel out-of-service violations, which is 4.3% of all vehicle out-of-service violations. Combined, wheel end (tire and wheel) violations accounted for 22.8% of all out-of-service vehicle violations throughout North America.

View the full 2022 International Roadcheck results press release for much more data and information.

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FMCSA Announces High Priority Grants to Increase Safety for Commercial Drivers

September 13, 2022

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced $80,714,223 in grant awards under the High Priority (HP) Grant Program. The HP Grants provide funding to strengthen commercial motor vehicle safety initiatives under the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). Furthermore, the grant program invests in innovative technology, supports research, and funds other projects that positively impact Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) safety.

The HP Grant Program provides financial assistance to supplement motor carrier safety activities and projects, including those that:

  • improve the safe and secure movement of hazardous materials;
  • improve safe transportation of goods and persons in foreign commerce;
  • demonstrate new technologies to improve CMV safety;
  • technology advancements to enhance CMV operator awareness of roadway hazards and truck parking availability;
  • support participation in performance and registration information systems management;
  • conduct safety data improvement projects;
  • increase public awareness and education on CMV safety;
  • target unsafe driving of CMVs in areas identified as high-risk crash corridors, including roadway work zones;
  • otherwise improve CMV safety and compliance with CMV safety regulations.

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HP grant funds are awarded to States, local governments, Federally recognized Native American tribes, political jurisdictions, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible groups to carry out high priority activities and projects that strengthen commercial motor vehicle safety. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

High Priority activities also support the efforts outlined in the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) that makes historic investments in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. In addition, the CMV safety and research investments conducted under the HP program and funded through BIL advance the Department’s National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS), a comprehensive approach to improve safety on our nation’s roadways.

This is one of many actions that the Administration and DOT are taking to support truck drivers – including investing in community colleges to train veterans to get CDLs, investing in improvements to CDL processing, standing up the Women of Trucking Advisory Board, studying the impacts of driver detention time, and starting the truck predatory leasing task force.

All HP applications undergo a series of reviews before award selection. See the FMCSA’s grant program page for additional information on the discretionary application announcement, review and approval process. For a full list of FY 2022 HP grant awards, click here.


National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: September 11-17

This is an initiative designed to celebrate professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. Almost every aspect of daily life in America is impacted by our truck drivers as these 3.5 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, they also keep our highways safe.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week - September 11-17, 2022


Georgia DOT and the Lutzie 43 Foundation to host second Safe Driving Summit

STATESBORO, GA. Fatalities on roadways in Georgia and across the nation continue to rise due to distracted driving, excessive speed and continued lack of seat belt use. To reduce injuries and fatalities on our roadways, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) continues to seek innovative ways to educate and raise awareness. The Georgia DOT, in partnership with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, will host the second Safe Driving Summit at Georgia Southern University on September 13, 2022.

“We are looking forward to the upcoming Safe Driving Summit in Statesboro and having the opportunity to provide high school students from southeast Georgia an opportunity to learn about the dangers of distracted, impaired, and unsafe driving habits,” said Sam Harris, State Safety Engineering Manager for the Georgia DOT. “The vision of this partnership is to eliminate fatalities and serious crashes caused by distracted driving in Georgia and these summits allow is to target messaging to our state’s youngest drivers – high schoolers.”

Students from high schools located in Bulloch, Bryan, Effingham, Evans and Jenkins counties will gather at the Performing Arts Center on Georgia Southern University’s campus to hear from industry experts about how they can protect themselves and others on the road by practicing safe behaviors while traveling in a vehicle. Students will participate in a keynote presentation by State Transportation Board Member Ann R. Purcell; Andrew Heath, Deputy Chief Engineer, Georgia DOT; and Mike Lutzenkirchen, executive director of the Lutzie 43 Foundation. Students will then participate and rotate through the breakout sessions led by safe driving experts and others including:

  • Georgia State Patrol
  • Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office
  • Statesboro City Police
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Wellstar Health System
  • J & M Tank Lines Inc.
  • American Trucking Associations
  • State Farm Insurance

“The Safe Driving Summits will happen across Georgia engaging local high school students to participate in breakout sessions that focus on the real-life consequences of decisions made by drivers and passengers on Georgia’s roadways,” said Harris. “Through the Georgia DOT’s partnership with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, students will leave with real-world experience and skills to help prioritize safety behind the wheel and become ambassadors for safe driving practices in their communities. They will also receive tangible reminders of safe driving practices including the 43 Key Seconds safe driving messages and physical 43 Key Seconds key provided by the Lutize 43 Foundation.”

Media are invited to attend the Safe Driving Summit.

WHEN:            September 13, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST
Programming will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST

WHERE:         The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University
847 Plant Drive, Statesboro, GA 30460


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Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB) Gears Up To Bring More Women into Trucking

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the appointment of members to the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB) to recruit, retain, support, and ensure the safety of women commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and strengthen the trucking industry as a whole.

The Women in Trucking Advisory Board includes 16 founding members, all women, with diverse backgrounds and experiences to provide balanced points of view on addressing the challenges facing women in the industry. Of these members, five are current CMV drivers and four are former CMV drivers, others are trainers, executives and authors. WOTAB’s members hail from 11 states and work for small, medium, and large trucking companies and as independent owner-operators, non-profit organizations, trucking business associations, and institutions of higher education. Collectively, WOTAB members have more than 80 years of driving experience with trucks, motorcoaches, and ports and more than 275 years in trucking and other modes of transportation.

WOTAB’s launch is another key initiative mandated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is part of the Biden-Harris Trucking Action Plan that is focused on improving job quality and recruiting more people into the truck driving profession.

“America needs truck drivers like never before, yet women–half the American people–have long been underestimated and underrepresented behind the wheel and in jobs across this sector. Getting to know women in trucking, I have heard about their passion for the job as well as the challenges they face, and this experienced Women in Trucking Advisory Board will help us address these issues directly,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We thank the members for serving and look forward to working together to bring more women into trucking and to enhance job quality in this important career.”

Ingrid Brown and her truck, named “Miss Faith.” – Photo by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Recruiting and supporting women in transportation is a key priority for the Biden-Harris Administration. “Women are significantly underrepresented in the trucking industry, holding only 24 percent of all transportation jobs,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Robin Hutcheson. “We anticipate many great ideas from the advisory board that will help expand equity and safely provide access to careers in trucking for women across the industry.” In March, Hutcheson discussed truck driver challenges firsthand in a ride along with an experienced driver.

WOTAB will coordinate with trucking companies, nonprofit organizations, and trucking associations to support women in trucking. The Board will provide recommendations to the FMCSA Administrator and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, as well as tackle many issues, including:

  • Evaluating barriers and trends that impact women in trucking across the country and ways to support women pursuing careers in trucking
  • Identifying opportunities to expand roles for women and increase the number of women in the trucking industry
  • Advising on policies that provide education, training, mentorship, or outreach to women in the trucking industry
  • Reviewing opportunities to enhance safety, training, mentorship, and education for women in the trucking industry.

FMCSA Removes ELDorado’s “ELDorado ELD” from List of Registered ELDs

September 7, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has removed ELDorado ELD from the list of registered Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). FMCSA has placed ELDorado ELD on the Revoked Devices list due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A, effective September 7, 2022.

FMCSA will be sending an industry email to let motor carriers know that all who use ELDorado ELD must take the following steps:

  1. Discontinue using the revoked device(s) and revert to paper logs or logging software to record required hours of service data.
  2. Replace the revoked device(s) with compliant ELD(s) from the Registered Devices list before November 7, 2022.

Motor carriers have a grace period of up to 60 days to replace the revoked device(s) with compliant ELD(s). If the ELD provider corrects all identified deficiencies, FMCSA will place the device back on the list of registered devices and inform the industry and the field.

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During the grace period, safety officials are encouraged not to cite drivers using ELDorado ELD for 395.8(a)(1) – “No ELD” or 395.22(a) – “Failed to use a registered ELD.” During this time, safety officials should request the driver’s paper logs, logging software, or use the ELDorado ELD display as a back-up method to review the hours of service data.

Beginning November 7, 2022, motor carriers who continue to use the revoked device listed above would be considered to be operating without an ELD. Safety officials who encounter a driver using a revoked device on or after November 7, 2022 should cite 395.8(a)(1), and place the driver out-of-service in accordance with the CVSA OOS Criteria.

FMCSA strongly encourages motor carriers to take the actions listed above now to avoid compliance issues in the event that the deficiencies are not addressed in time.

For more information on ELDs, visit FMCSA’s ELD implementation website.


FMCSA Issues Temporary Hours of Service Exemption (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin) in Response to the Unanticipated Shutdown of the BP Whiting Refinery

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced today as part of the federal government’s response to the shutdown of the BP Whiting refinery, that the USDOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking steps to create more flexibility for motor carriers and drivers.

FMCSA is issuing a temporary hours of service exemption that applies to those transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

USDOT’s top priority is safety, and while current circumstances dictate providing industry flexibility, FMCSA has notified and will work closely with its state and industry partners to monitor driver work hours and conditions for the duration of the exemption.

The full text of FMSCA’s action can be found here.


FDOT Unveils Groundbreaking Statewide Lane Closure Notification System to Enhance Safety for Drivers and Roadway Workers

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)With the support of Governor Ron DeSantis’ historic Freedom First Budget, the Florida Department of Transportation continues to invest in further enhancements to increase safety on road and bridge construction projects across the state. While FDOT implements this record-setting budget, safety remains the Department’s number one priority, and is proud to introduce technology that not only enhances safety for the traveling public, but also for the men and women who are working on improving Florida’s roadways.

In partnership with the Florida Transportation Builders Association and one.network, FDOT announces the official start of a one-year statewide technology pilot program that establishes a new Lane Closure Notification System (LCNS) – the first of its kind in North America.

The main goal of the LCNS is to improve the safety of workers by alerting drivers about active work zones or lane closures, and aid motorists in navigating these work zones safely, timely, and efficiently. The system leverages the latest GPS and mapping technologies to provide advanced notices to motorists through leading GPS apps and services.

When using one of these mapping services, users will receive work zone notifications in the same manner (for example voice alert and visually) that they receive other alerts along their designated routes, such as for incidents or traffic congestion. With the new system integrating into mapping services that drivers already use this additional hands-free feature easily enhances the driver’s experience, increases mobility, and improves safety.

Drivers can now count on real-time and accurate work zone information through their preferred mapping app or device as these notices are put into the system by supervisors who are located on the scene of the work zone. For the background of how this works, this technology allows work zone supervisors to use one.network’s Live Link smartphone application to geometrically map out lane closures and deliver near real-time alerts to GPS companies that will update drivers on any upcoming work zones or lane closures via smartphone navigation applications (e.g., Waze). More apps are scheduled to join during the pilot, including Google Maps and Apple Maps. Information provided to navigation app providers includes accurate beginning and end points of lane closures, temporary work zone speed-limit changes, and construction worker presence— creating increased safety for all, a better experience for motorists, and helping to keep construction projects moving forward.

“Safety is critical to the mission of FDOT. This innovative real-time Lane Closure Notification System is the first of its kind in North America and will be essential for improving construction worker and motorist safety in work zones across Florida,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. “We appreciate the opportunity to be the first in the nation to utilize this state-of-the-art technology and look forward to further collaboration with our construction, maintenance, and technology partners to advance FDOT’s safety goals.”

Overall, the anticipated benefits of the LCNS include:

  • Reduction in work zone crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries.
  • Improved worker safety.
  • More construction lane closures identified and tracked in real-time.
  • Automatically share real-time lane closure information with travelers via third-party navigation application systems and automated driving systems.
  • Improved travel time reliability and reduced congestion by informing road users about lane closures.

FDOT has initiated training for the staff and contractors who will use the Live Link application to provide real-time lane closure and work zone details. The one-year pilot will cover all planned construction sites across more than 12,000 miles of state roads in FDOT’s seven regional districts and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. A soft launch of the LCNS technology was successfully kicked off in early June. A statewide rollout to over 500 construction projects is anticipated over the next few months and will be published to navigation apps such as Google Maps, Waze, TomTom, and Apple Maps as the mapping companies decide to utilize the feature.

The Florida Department of Transportation reminds motorists to always drive safely and avoid distractions while driving. Remember to put down cell phones while driving. Florida law restricts motorists from using a wireless device in a school zone or an active construction zone.


MDOT Launches Anti-Litter Campaign Aimed At Eliminating Trash On Maryland Roadways

Bottles. Food wrappers. Plastic bags. Cigarette butts. Cardboard boxes. Litter on Maryland roadways can take many different shapes and forms, but they all waste money and resources, and threaten the health of our environment.

During the past eight years, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has spent $60 million – averaging more than $7 million annually – to clean up 14 million pounds of litter along our state roadways. That money could have been spent to improve pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, augment transit connections or undertake other critical transportation projects to make our roadways safer and more accessible for all users.

“Trash along Maryland roadways is unwanted, unnecessary, unsightly and unlawful,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports, Jr. “Litter doesn’t magically appear on our highways. People are responsible. People throw trash out their car windows, and we throw away $7 million a year to clean it up. What an absolute waste.”

This week MDOT is launching an Anti-Litter Campaign to educate Marylanders on the price we all pay for litter, and to urge everyone to put litter and recycling materials in their proper place. MDOT and its agencies – MDOT State Highway Administration, MDOT Maryland Transit Administration, MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration, MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration, MDOT Maryland Port Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority – are promoting the MDOT Anti-Litter Campaign across their social platforms and will take the campaign to the 2022 Maryland State Fair, August 25-September 11.

At the fair, Team MDOT will share information and hand out reusable trash bags that residents can keep in their cars to hold trash until they get home. MDOT also will unveil its superhero duo – Recycle Ruby and Can It Clay – who remind people to do the right thing and put trash in its place: “Recycle” items when appropriate, and “Can It” when it comes to trash and garbage.

​“We need people of all ages to understand the devastating effect litter has on Maryland’s economic development, environment, tourism and quality of life,” said Secretary Ports. “Littering has to stop. Our hope is that by raising awareness through MDOT’s Anti-Litter Campaign, we can reduce the amount of litter on Maryland’s roadways and waterways and reduce the cost of keeping our highways clean.”

Did You Know?

  • Littering is Expensive: Not only does trash pickup cost Marylanders millions of dollars a year, but it also takes MDOT crews from other important work such as mowing, tree trimming and maintenance.
  • Littering Hurts Our Environment: Nearly all litter ends up in the Chesapeake Bay or other waterways. Besides being unsightly, litter blocks storm drains – which can lead to flooding, property damage and traffic disruptions.
  • Littering is Dangerous: The men and women of Team MDOT who pick up trash piece by piece along our roadways face traffic hazards as they perform their work.

​​​A 2020 National Litter Study conducted by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful estimated there are more than 50 billion pieces of litter along roadways and waterways in the United States, equating to 152 items per U.S. resident. The study found that 90% of Americans agree litter is a problem in their community.

MDOT is urging Marylanders to take action to curb litter and is hoping those who attend the Maryland State Fair will stop by MDOT’s booth to pick up a reusable trash bag for their car (while supplies last) and learn more about how they can join Recycle Ruby and Can It Clay in fighting litter. Children can dress up in capes and masks and have their pictures taken with Recycle Ruby and Can It Clay cutouts.

Marylanders also are encouraged to follow @MDOTNews on Twitter and Facebook, and share the hashtag #keepmarylandbeautiful on social media.

Also, check out MDOT’s Anti-Litter Campaign webpage that includes the latest edition of MDOT’s video series, “Ports SupPorts Employees,” where Secretary Ports focuses on the work of MDOT crew members who work to pick up litter on our highways and offers tips on how we all can help lighten their load.

The work of MDOT crews to pick up litter is in addition to work performed by organizations enrolled in the MDOT State Highway Administration’s Adopt-A-Highway program. In that program, members of more than 130 organizations volunteer to help clean many local roadways. For more information about Adopt-A-Highway, click HERE.


Be Prepared! — Brake Safety Week Set For August 21-27

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced August. 21-27 as the dates for this year’s Brake Safety Week. Brake Safety Week is an annual commercial motor vehicle brake-safety inspection, enforcement and education initiative conducted by law enforcement jurisdictions in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will conduct their usual  and capture and report brake-related data to CVSA. The results will be released in the fall.

Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service vehicle violations cited during roadside inspections, and according to last year’s three-day International Roadcheck data, brake systems and brake adjustment violations accounted for 38.9% of all vehicle out-of-service violations, the most of any category of vehicle violations. To address this, CVSA’s Brake Safety Week seeks to:

  • Identify and remove commercial motor vehicles with critical vehicle inspection violation items identified in the  from roadways.
  • Conduct inspections and identify and acknowledge commercial motor vehicles that do not have critical vehicle inspection violations by affixing those vehicles with a CVSA decal.
  • Encourage proactive vehicle maintenance in advance of the week.
  • Highlight the hard work and commitment to safety by inspectors, drivers and motor carriers.
  • Remind drivers and motor carriers about the importance of proper brake maintenance and vehicle pre-trip and post-trip inspections.
  • Provide an opportunity for outreach and educational brake-safety efforts by inspectors.

Brake Safety Week 2022

During the brake portion of a vehicle inspection, inspectors will look for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts on the brake system, and non-manufactured holes (such as rust holes and holes created by rubbing or friction) and broken springs in the spring brake housing section of the parking brake. They will listen for audible air leaks around brake components and lines, and ensure the air system maintains air pressure between 90-100 psi (620-690 kPa). Inspectors will also check for S-cam flip-over and measure pushrod travel. They will check that slack adjusters are the same length (from center of S-cam to center of clevis pin) and the air chambers on each axle are the same size. They will also inspect required brake-system warning devices, such as ABS malfunction lamp(s) and low air-pressure warning devices. In addition, inspectors will ensure the breakaway system is operable on the trailer, and inspect the tractor protection system, including the bleed-back system on the trailer.

In addition to reporting total inspections and brake-related out-of-service violations, inspectors will also capture and provide data on brake hose/tubing chafing violations – the  for this year’s Brake Safety Week.

“Poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of large trucks and motorcoaches, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “In those split-second emergency situations, the proper functionality of the brake systems on large commercial motor vehicles is crucial.”


FDOT Receives Grants Totaling $37 Million to Enhance Transportation Safety  

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has been awarded two grants which support Florida’s commitment to enhancing safety and supporting innovative transportation solutions. The grants, awarded in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation, bring over $37 million in new funding to Florida.

  • In partnership with Brightline Trains Florida, the Florida East Coast Corridor Trespassing and Intrusion Mitigation Project provides $25 million in grant funding to enhance safety along the Florida East Coast Corridor (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Brevard Counties). This investment will benefit this corridor by constructing supplemental safety measures at 328 roadway-railroad grade crossings and installing 33 miles of pedestrian protection features. Planned safety improvements included as part of this grant are rail dynamic envelopes, delineators, raised pavement markers, edge striping, fencing and additional safety signage.
  • The Smart St. Augustine Project provides over $12 million for technology to improve the movement and safety of residents and visitors in the City of St. Augustine. The City of St. Augustine, the nation’s first city, attracts more than six million visitors each year and is also home to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. This project will provide parking and traveler information systems; ‘Smart’ technologies, including smart traffic signals to reduce delay, sensors to detect street flooding, audible crosswalk signals for the deaf, among others; and mobility hubs with information kiosks for parking, bicycles, and electric vehicle charging.

“Governor DeSantis and the Department are committed to keeping Florida moving by continually seeking investments and opportunities to ensure Florida has a safe and strong transportation system,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. “We are happy to have the opportunity to work with our partners, like Brightline and the City of St. Augustine to address the needs of Florida’s communities.”

Additional grants were awarded in Florida through local partners.

Visit this site for more information on all projects awarded grants in Florida.


DOT Awards Funding to Community Colleges to Prepare Veterans for Jobs in Trucking Industry 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has awarded $3.1 million to community colleges and training institutes through the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) Grant Program. These grants will assist current and former members of the Armed Forces who want to pursue careers in trucking to get commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and the training they need to enter the profession.

“Veterans know how to get things where they need to go safely. At a time when our supply chain depends on having more qualified truck drivers, this program will give those who have served in uniform a new and important way to contribute, and benefit, by launching a new career in this vital industry,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The CMVOST grant program has three goals: to expand the number of CDL holders possessing enhanced operator safety training; to provide opportunities for current or former members of the United States Armed Forces (including National Guard members and reservists) and their spouses to enter trucking or bussing; and help increase training opportunities for candidates from underserved communities, as identified in the President’s Executive Order 13985.

In FY 2022, FMCSA paved the way for a broader range of institutions to apply for CMVOST grants as the Agency did not require applicants to propose a local matching share of funding. This expansion will allow more qualified candidates from across the country to more easily be able to afford the training and licensing needed to join the trucking profession commercial motor vehicle drivers.

In addition to these grants, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the Trucking Action Plan earlier this year that has created new apprenticeship programs to recruit more truck drivers, as well as a compensation study and truck leasing task force to improve retention in the truck driving profession.

A list of CMVOST grants can be found here.

The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs Act, is the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan for building a better America with a $1.2 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. This Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, upgrade and expand public transit, modernize the nation’s ports and airports, improve safety, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably to help everyone get ahead for decades to come.


Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Boosts Investment in Commercial Driver’s License Programs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that the Biden Administration is following through on its Trucking Action Plan commitment by awarding more than $44 million in grants that will enhance road safety and make the process to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) more efficient. Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, States and other entities will be able to improve their CDL programs by reducing wait times, ensuring conviction and disqualification data is electronically exchanged, implementing regulatory requirements, and combatting human trafficking. These grants, awarded through the Commercial Driver’s License Program Implementation, will help get more qualified drivers on the road who can help meet supply chain demands.

The Department of Transportation made significant progress working with states to reduce CDL backlogs and wait times. Now through this funding, the Administration will create long-term resilience and avoid future delays for those who want to join this workforce.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made it a priority not only to retain truck drivers in their important careers, but also to get more qualified truck drivers on the road,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Now, using funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are helping States bring safe, well-trained truck drivers into the workforce and ease pandemic-driven supply chain disruptions.”

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included a 74% increase in CDLPI program funds, which will also help address the rising number of roadway fatalities–a key component in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Roadway Safety Strategy.

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“FMCSA’s core mission is safety, and we’re proud to make investments that support the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ambitious goal of zero fatalities on our roadways,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Robin Hutcheson. “The grants we are announcing today are an important tool for reducing large truck crashes and supporting critical safety programs in every State.”

In total, nearly 60 percent of FMCSA’s annual budget provides States and local communities with grant funding to enhance commercial vehicle safety.

In addition to improving the process for CDLs, Secretary Buttigieg and President Bidens’s Supply Chain Disruption Task Force have also been focused on the issue of truck driver retention as part of the Trucking Action Plan. Due to pay, parking shortages, and other challenges in the profession, retaining truck drivers has been a major challenge. As part of that effort, the Department has announced that it will undertake a driver compensation study and form a truck leasing task force, and also has clarified what programs in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can be used to address truck parking.

Read more about FMCSA’s grants and financial assistance.


DOT Compliance Consultants, LLC Announces Florida Expansion!

It is with great excitement that DOT Compliance Consultants, LLC would like to share that we are expanding. Commercial vehicle safety is a nationwide concern and one that we take seriously. With over twenty-six years of experience in commercial vehicle compliance, our current teams in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware have spent countless hours working side by side with commercial vehicle companies to ensure their businesses can grow and thrive successfully while still in compliance with all FMCSA rules and regulations. That is why we are so excited to announce our expansion along the east coast into the great state of Florida.

Our Florida team will begin servicing companies in July 2022 in our office located in Stuart, Florida. This team, trained by the owner, retired Master Trooper of Maryland State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, Troy Smith, is prepared to continue to provide the highest level of commercial vehicle knowledge and the most up-to-date FMSCA information to companies in and around Florida.

We are most excited that, as we continue to grow, business owners and commercial vehicle drivers supported by DOT Compliance Consultants, LLC can reduce their liabilities that come with owning and driving commercial motor vehicles along nationwide roadways. We look forward to working with all the companies that will soon become part of our team as we work together to make the east coast region a safer, more productive system for us all.

Explore our website to learn more about how our Services and Packages can benefit your company or contact our Florida team today at 772-256-3568.


FMCSA Declares Connecticut Motor Carrier to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

U.S. DOT SealThe U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Alvarez Transport LLC, USDOT No. 2484230, a motor carrier located in Orange, CT, to be an “imminent hazard” to public safety and ordered the motor carrier to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operations.  The motor carrier was served the Federal order on June 23, 2022.

FMCSA’s imminent hazard order states that the basis for finding that Alvarez Transport, LLC, “pose[s] an imminent hazard to the public is [its] continued widespread noncompliance with Federal safety regulations including regulations in 49 CFR Part 382 (Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing), 49 CFR Part 383 (Commercial Driver’s License Standards; Requirements and Penalties), 49 CFR Part 391 (Qualifications of Drivers), and 49 CFR Part 396 (Vehicle Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance).”

During a Compliance Investigation that began on May 25, 2022, FMCSA safety investigators discovered extensive acute and/or critical violations in almost every part of the FMCSRs that they reviewed, including 49 CFR Parts 382, 383, 391, and 396. Cumulatively, these violations demonstrated the motor carrier’s lack of effective safety management controls and significantly increased the likelihood of death or serious injury if not discontinued immediately.

Moreover, while the Compliance Investigation was ongoing, on or about June 2, 2022, Alvarez Transport, LLC dispatched driver Dante C. Elliott to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for which a commercial driver’s license is required in interstate commerce from New Haven, CT to Williamstown, VT. At the time of dispatch, the motor carrier had in its records a copy of Mr. Elliott’s driver’s license that showed it was expired. While attempting to navigate a sharp curve on Vermont Route 64 in this CMV, Mr. Elliott left the traveled portion of the roadway, the CMV slid into a ditch, overturned, and then came to a position of uncontrolled rest on its roof. Both Mr. Elliott and his passenger were killed in the crash. Witnesses reported that the CMV’s brakes were smoking before the crash, and a post-crash inspection discovered several out-of-service vehicle conditions. Local law enforcement is still in the process of investigating this crash.

Failing to comply with the provisions of the Federal imminent hazard order may result in civil penalties of up to $29,893.  Knowing and/or willful violations may result in criminal penalties.

A copy of the imminent hazard order issued to Alvarez Transport, LLC, is available here.


DOT, DOL Announce Expansion of Trucking Apprenticeships, New Boards To Improve Working Conditions of Truck Drivers

January 18, 2022

U.S. DOT SealIn December, as part of Administration’s approach to strengthen America’s supply chains, address bottlenecks, and lower prices for Americans, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Biden-Harris Trucking Action Plan, Today, to uphold the 30-day commitments made in the Trucking Action Plan, DOT and DOL are announcing next steps on several new initiatives that will support drivers and improve driver retention while expanding access to quality driving jobs now and in the years ahead. These initiatives include:

  • Expanding Registered Apprenticeship programs — more than 100 employers and industry partners have stepped forward to work to expand Registered Apprenticeships in the last 30 days.
  • Creating the Women of Trucking Advisory Board mandated in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • Creating a new task force, mandated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to investigate predatory truck leasing arrangements with DOL and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Beginning two studies to explore the issues of truck driver pay and unpaid detention time.
  • Launching the Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot –an under-21 pilot program for truck drivers mandated in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • Over $32 million in funding to states to improve CDL licensing process.

“In some parts of the trucking industry, 90% of drivers turn over each year. Making sure truck drivers are paid and treated fairly is the right thing to do, and it will help with both recruiting new drivers and keeping experienced drivers on the job,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

“In the 30 days since the Administration’s Driving Good Jobs Initiative was launched, there is new energy and enthusiasm behind the effort to ensure jobs in the trucking industry are good, safe and sustainable jobs attractive to new generation of truck drivers who will remain in the industry over the long term,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Industry has to and is stepping up to partner and in the last month, we are already working with more than 100 employers to expand Registered Apprenticeships for drivers, an important step to making this shift a reality.”

“Too many American truckers are set up to fail with financing schemes or coerced into paying junk fees. To keep our economy moving, we must ensure that truckers who work hard don’t face financial ruin,” said CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. 

Last summer, Secretary Buttigieg and Secretary Walsh co-wrote an op-ed that detailed high turnover in the trucking profession and ways to address it. Today’s announcement marks key next steps for the federal government to begin to address some of the challenges truck drivers face in their profession, while expanding access to quality driving jobs now. Below are more details on what’s being announced today:

Registered Apprenticeship Accelerator  

  • The Departments of Labor and Transportation launched the 90 Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge to accelerate the expansion of Registered Apprenticeships as a proven workforce strategy for helping employers and organized labor partners develop and retain a skilled workforce.
  • Since the launch of the Challenge just 30 days ago, more than 100 employers and industry partners have stepped forward to expand Registered Apprenticeships.
  • For example, more than 20 employers are already close to launching brand new apprenticeships, which will put thousands of new skilled and safe drivers on the road in good trucking jobs trained using the ‘earn while you learn’ Registered Apprenticeship model.
  • Over the next 60 days the Departments of Labor and Transportation and industry partners will continue to host informational meetings and work with employers, industry groups and labor organizations to further support the development of Registered Apprenticeships across the industry.

Women of Trucking Advisory Board 

  • The Advisory Board will help inform efforts to increase the number of women in trucking by reviewing and reporting on the current challenges facing woman drivers and those interested in joining the profession, such as barriers to entry, on-the-job safety risks, mentorship, quality training, and opportunities for advancement.
  • USDOT’s Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration (FMSCA) will begin soliciting nominations for the Advisory Board to ensure that the composition of the Board represents a cross section of women in the trucking industry.
  • This week, the White House is convening a virtual roundtable to gather input on how to build a more inclusive and equitable workplace for women in the trucking industry.

Truck Leasing Task Force  

  • Along with FMCSA, the DOL and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will form a Truck Leasing Task Force that will review leasing arrangements to identify actions that could make leases more equitable and transparent.
  • The Task Force will be focused on reviewing and reporting on:
    • Common truck leasing arrangements, with a specific focus on inequitable terms and transparency.
    • Truck leasing arrangements for ports that involve a requirement for trucks to convert to zero emissions.
    • Loans and other arrangements between incoming driver trainees and training schools and/or trucking companies to understand the extent to which these result in outsized and unanticipated debt for incoming drivers.
    • Looking into predatory truck leasing arrangements with DOL and in coordination with the CFPB.

Detention Time Study 

  • FMCSA released a scope of work to begin a study on driver detention time and its impact on safety and compensation.
  • Unlike past studies on the impact of driver detention time, this study will use a cross section of electronic logging device data to provide a much more detailed understanding of wait times for drivers across jurisdictions and industry sectors. Data used will be aggregated and anonymized to ensure driver privacy.
  • In addition to quantifying detention time the study will also review how detention time influences the likelihood of a crash or an hours-of-service violation.

Compensation Study  

  • FMCSA has begun partnering with the Transportation Research Board to conduct a study of the impacts of various methods of driver compensation on safety and driver retention.
  • Specifically, the study will review the safety effect of payments made to truck drivers per load or per mile versus payments per hour. The study will also review the amount of time a truck driver spends away from home, driving and detained to determine true working hours, and then determine true hourly wages.

Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot (“SDAP”)

  • FMCSA notified the public that it will be screening motor carriers to determine their eligibility to participate in the SDAP if they meet strict safety standards.
  • In the coming days, FMCSA will publish a Federal Register Notice that outlines the program safety requirements, including a requirement that participants meet the qualification standards of the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship program.
  • FMCSA will also conduct outreach to motor carriers with excellent safety records inviting their participation in the program.

Funding to States for CDL Licensing 

  • DOT and FMCSA are supporting state departments of motor vehicles as they return to—or even exceed—pre-pandemic commercial driver’s license (CDL) issuance rates, which is helping bring more truck drivers into the field.
  • As part of the Trucking Action Plan 30-day commitments, FMCSA announced over $30 million in funding available to help states expedite CDLs.
  • The FMCSA has also sent all 50 states a toolkit detailing specific actions they can take to expedite licensing and will work hand-in-hand with states to address challenges they are facing.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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MDOT MVA Bills Impacting Commercial Trucking Industry Takes Effect In October

October 1st, 2021

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is highlighting several new bills taking effect October 1 that address the commercial trucking industry, traffic safety and driver penalties.

Introduced by MDOT MVA leadership, passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law earlier this year by Governor Larry Hogan, Senate Bill 291 accommodates truck platooning – a practice that utilizes vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology hosted by radar, GPS and Wi-Fi to allow two or more vehicles to be electronically synced with one another.

Other bills going into effect on October 1 that are related to motor vehicle operations and the MDOT MVA include:

HB 519Vehicle Equipment – Safety Glass – Replacement Standards requires MDOT MVA to establish standards and requirements for aftermarket safety glass replacement.

HB 0115/SB 0020: Vehicle Laws – Canceled, Revoked and Suspended Driver’s Licenses – Penalties alters certain penalties for a person who displays a canceled, revoked or suspended driver’s license, and requires that a person who violates certain sections of the law must appear in court and may not prepay the fine.

SB 0681: Motor Vehicles – Inspection Certificates – Exception allows transfer of a used vehicle from a business to a majority owner of the business without the need to obtain a motor vehicle safety inspection certificate, if the vehicle is primarily driven by the majority owner and the business has been dissolved or is in the process of dissolution.

THE FOLLOWING BILL HAS AN IMPACT ON ALL COMPANIES:

HB 1074/SB 0140: Vehicle Laws – Commercial Motor Carriers – Safety, Inspection, Performance and Insurance Information, also known as James Cohran’s Law, requires employers of commercial motor vehicle drivers to provide certain information to a prospective employee driver. This law ensures prospective employees receive information on an employer’s safety record and crash data. Companies will be held accountable via civil penalties if they do not comply.

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New State Laws Impacting Truckers To Take Effect In Maryland In October

September 9th, 2021

As we roll into the Fall of 2021, there are two new state laws set to impact ALL companies operating trucks in Maryland.

The new requirements, starting October 1st, 2021, will be:

Preventive Maintenance Inspections for Trucks:Current Maryland laws require an annual Preventive Maintenance Inspection for registered commercial motor vehicles to be done annually or every 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

• Annually or every 35,000 miles (whichever comes first) for Class F tractors that are no more than 5 years old.

• Annually or every 50,000 miles (whichever comes first) for Class E straight trucks that are no more than 5 years old and are powered by a zero-emission fuel source (e.g., electric or hydrogen).

• Vehicles that are older than 5 years will continue to need a PM inspection annually or every 25,000 miles consistent with current law.

Mandatory Information Sharing with Prospective Drivers:FMCSA regulated employer with more than one driver and a place of business in the state must provide a driver with its U.S. DOT number and the URL for FMCSA’s Safety and Fitness Records system (https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/) when it makes an offer of employment. This applies to any driver of a commercial motor vehicle over 10,000 lbs.

There are several ways in which companies can comply with these regulations. These methods include printing your company’s DOT number and the SAFER web address (https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/) and including them with your application, offer letter, or other documentation given to a prospective driver.


DOT Compliance Consults, LLC Announces New Location In Crofton, MD

Troy Smith of DOT Compliance Consultants, LLC is pleased to announce the official opening the company’s new office in Crofton, Maryland. The new office, strategically located in the central business district of Delmarva region, brings the company closer to its clients in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, while strengthening the company’s overall presence.

“We are excited about our new office in Crofton, and we’re ready to enhance our offerings to the region.” —Troy Smith, DOT Compliance Consultants, LLC

Our team of experts is the region’s leading experts in the safety of commercial vehicles and drivers. We offer the commercial vehicle industry peace of mind in meeting all rules and regulations pertaining to FMCSA’s requirements. The services provided by our DOT Compliance Consultants, LLC will assure your company is maintaining the proper paperwork, meeting all trucking and driver safety requirements, and providing you with the most up-to-date information in rules and regulations. Our highly certified consultants have built a reputation as one of the leading agencies in the commercial vehicle industry.

For more information regarding the new Crofton office, contact us at 443-829-5937.