Find below some news & upcoming events in April 2020! We have important updates on COVID-19 and how it affects our drivers. Make sure to check that out!
Welcome to the Team!
Driver: Thomas Hickman
What’s Happening This Month?
- April 1st, April Fools Day
- April 5th, Palm Sunday
- April 9th, Passover Begins
- April 10th, Good Friday
- April 12th, Easter Sunday
- April 22nd, Earth Day
- David Richardson – April 6th
- Walter Worrell – April 18th
Honors & Bonuses
Good Inspection Gift Card Winners
- Eddie Hamilton, Jr.
- Jeffrey Haynes
Quarterly Safety Bonus Winners
- Van Guilliams
- Jeffrey Haynes
- Robert Lane
- Frank Marienschek
Update on COVID-19
Coronanvirus and truck drivers all across are asking the question, am I safe from getting the coronavirus? The answer is somewhat simple. As authorities had thought, the virus does not seem to able to survive on surfaces for lengthy periods, meaning, unlike hepatitis which can survive for long periods (up to a week) on surfaces, the coronavirus does not initially appear to have this kind of stamina.
Truckers have been susceptible to many diseases being they meet more strangers than the average person. A truck driver on average covers 500 miles in one day covering a vast area, which can include area that are filled with sick people. Truckers on a daily basis, come face to face with people in truck stops, rest stops, restaurants and so much more, making their odds of coming in close contact with the sick, very high.
The best way to treat the disease is staying out of its way. You can start by wiping down places like door handles, steering wheels and anything your hand touch several times a day. Also avoid rubbing your eyes, as this is one of the easiest way into your body for a virus. Practice sanitary habits and steer clear of coughs and sneezes from strangers. Stay safe drivers!
Update on HOS
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Wednesday afternoon, March 18, expanded its targeted suspension of hours of service regulations for truck and bus drivers hauling certain loads related to responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
Now included are fuel; raw materials for items like toilet paper and alcohol-related to manufacturing items like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectants and more.
FMCSA issued the emergency declaration Friday, March 13, as part of President Trump’s national emergency declaration issued the same day. Drivers hauling the following loads will be exempted from hours of service regs. Once a property-carrying driver makes a delivery of these items, they must go off duty for 10 hours before resuming work, said the FMCSA’s declaration.
Loads under the exemption include:
- Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19.
- Supplies related to preventing the spread of coronavirus, like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants.
- Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers and stores.
Precursor raw materials like paper, plastic or alcohol
- Equipment, supplies, and persons meant to provide temporary housing and quarantine facilities.
- Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.
Update on DAC
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today released data following the first weeks of operation of its Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The information released showed that the clearinghouse has detected and identified nearly 8,000 positive substance abuse tests of commercial drivers since January 6, 2020. The clearinghouse now has more than 650,000 registrants.
“We’ve seen encouraging results from the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, but there’s still work to do to ensure we identify more drivers who should not be behind the wheel. The clearinghouse is a positive step, and the Agency continues to work closely with industry, law enforcement, and our state partners to ensure its implementation is effective,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.
The clearinghouse is aimed at improving road safety by providing FMCSA and employers with the necessary tools to identify drivers who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements and are prohibited from operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle. The goal of the clearinghouse is to ensure that such drivers receive the required evaluation and treatment before they have the opportunity to resume driving.
Updates from CVSA
The novel coronavirus pandemic has put the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance‘s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz out of service – at least temporarily.
The agency announced Wednesday it will postpone the event, which was set for May 5-7, to later in the year. New dates for the enforcement campaign have not yet been decided.
While Roadcheck has been delayed, CVSA noted that roadside inspections and traffic enforcement will continue as normal.
“As we urgently respond to this time-sensitive crisis, we must remain diligent and committed to ensuring that the commercial motor vehicles and drivers providing essential goods and services to our communities are following motor carrier safety regulations,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “Safety doesn’t take a break. It is always our top priority.”
When it’s rescheduled, this year’s Roadcheck will focus on driver compliance, notably electronic logging devices and hours of service, but also medical cards, CDLs, seat belt use and more. Inspectors will also be making standard checks of lights, brakes and other equipment.
Roadcheck is the only enforcement blitz to be postponed so far, CVSA said, with Operation Safe Driver Week still scheduled for July 12-18 and Brake Safety Week still set for Aug. 23-29.
Thanks to Our Drivers!
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to this company! We appreciate each one of you. God bless each of you with safe travels every day!