FMCSA Launches Motor Carrier Safety Planner, Updates SMS Website

FMCSA recently launched the Motor Carrier Safety Planner, a new online guide to help large truck and bus companies better understand and comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The safety planner provides plain-language summaries of safety regulations along with sample forms and templates.

Visit the Motor Carrier Safety Planner site to watch video tutorials and learn how to build your personalized planner today.

FMCSA has updated the CSA SMS Website with the January 25, 2019 results.

Motor carriers participating in FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Demonstration Program will continue to see the Agency’s final determinations on SMS for crashes reviewed as part of the program. Logged-in carriers and enforcement users with crashes determined to be Not Preventable as part of the program can view measures and percentiles calculated with and without those crashes.

ADOT wears blue for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Those visiting Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division offices on Friday, Jan. 11, will see employees wearing blue in recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. On vehicles driven by officers with ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, motorists will see bumper stickers pointing to help for human trafficking victims.

Whether it’s encouraging MVD’s 850 office employees to participate in #WearBlueDay or having K-9 units on the lookout for human trafficking victims at commercial ports of entry, ADOT works throughout the year to help combat this increasingly urgent problem.

At ports of entry next to California and New Mexico, ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance division has K-9 units trained to identify not only evidence of illegal drugs but human cargo that can include victims of human trafficking. Lieutenants overseeing these ports are trained to identify warning signs of human trafficking, such as unusual tattoos, an unwillingness to speak and carrying large amounts of cash without explanation.

“ADOT is taking a comprehensive approach to help end this horrible practice in Arizona,” said ADOT Enforcement Services Bureau Chief Gary McCarthy, who chairs the Arizona Human Trafficking Council’s Outreach and Awareness Committee. “This is a real problem with real victims.”

Dozens of vehicles driven by Enforcement and Compliance Division officers have bumper stickers encouraging those who need help or who see signs of trouble to visit EndSexTrafficking.AZ.gov or call 888.373.7888, resources offered through the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

This year, more ADOT officers will receive training on human trafficking, including where the demand comes from and what cases look like. The Enforcement and Compliance Division is developing online training so ADOT employees who work along highways will be ready to spot the signs of human trafficking.

Federal Gov’t Announces 2019 UCR Fee Adjustment

The federal government has announced reduced annual fees for commercial carriers and other entities required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR).

The new fees go into effect as of December 27, 2018.

For the second consecutive year, those businesses subject to UCR will see a reduction in fees, which are down about 5% from last year.  In 2018, fees dropped by 9%.  The fee reductions for 2018 and 2019 are based on recommendations from the UCR Board of Directors following several years of higher than expected collections. Read more»

New westbound I-10 lanes to open at Ina Road in Marana

For most of the past year, both directions of I-10 between Orange Grove and Cortaro roads have been sharing the future eastbound lanes, separated by concrete barrier, as the Arizona Department of Transportation creates a modern Ina Road interchange to serve the growing area. I-10 will remain three lanes in each direction after the shift.

New westbound Interstate 10 lanes at Ina Road in Marana will open to traffic this weekend, another step forward for a two-year project improving traffic flow and safety at the busy interchange.

For more information on this project, please visit azdot.gov/InaTI.

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In a minor crash? Move your car out of travel lanes

Arizona marks National Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week

PHOENIX – If you have the misfortune to be involved in a non-injury fender bender on a freeway, do not leave your car stopped in travel lanes, while you circle the vehicle taking photos of dents and dings from dozens of angles and waiting for a forensics team to arrive and piece together the cause of the collision.

If you find yourself in this situation move your vehicle to the shoulder where you can safely exchange information with the other driver, inspect your vehicle for damage and wait for law enforcement to arrive. Read More»