I am not sure if anyone is out there this week as I hope that most of the industry is off celebrating the holidays. This is the Bits ‘n Pieces that gets the most “out of office” responses each year! It has been an interesting year and I hear from more than one of you (myself included) that most of us will be happy to see 2012 slide in to the history books, especially as reports of the losses from Hurricane Sandy start to be released by insurers. I hope that you took some time to enjoy the end of the year lull (although personally I don’t think there is a lull anymore).
This month we report:
CAB’s LAB – We’ve got a number of exciting new features that will be rolled out at the beginning of the new year. Stay tuned for more details and always remember to pick up the latest copy of our User Guide to learn about the latest enhancements.
CSA – The FMCSA announced 11 changes to CSA this month. CAB has, of course, updated its reports to reflect the new changes. The changes include replacing the Cargo-Related BASIC with the Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance BASIC, strengthening the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC by including cargo and load securement violations that were previously in the Cargo-Related BASIC, counting intermodal equipment violations found during drivers’ pre-trip inspections, aligning speeding violations to be consistent with current speedometer regulations that require speedometers to be accurate within 5 mph, changing the name of the Fatigued Driving BASIC to the Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC to more accurately reflect violations contained within the BASIC, and aligning the severity weight of paper and electronic logbook violations equally on the SMS for consistency purposes. The change applies to the prior 24 months of data used by the SMS and all SMS data moving forward.
CARRIER SERVICE ACTIONS – The FMCSA commenced a proceeding to revoke Peace of Mind Relocation, Inc.’s operating authority registration following a determination that Peace of Mind Relocation, Inc. held hostage household goods of individual shippers in violation of federal statutes. The FMCSA has also ordered Trusted Moving and Storage d.b.a. Nationwide Top Movers (Trusted Moving and Storage) of Santa Clara, Calif., to return household goods to the original shippers. The order is the first time FMCSA has used new enforcement powers granted to the agency under the federal surface transportation reauthorization program known as MAP-21. FMCSA has also initiated a proceeding to suspend Trusted Moving and Storage’s authority to operate in interstate commerce as a household goods motor carrier.
In the general commodity arena, the FMCSA ordered Two Dayes Trucking and Two Dayes Transport, based in Murfreesboro, NC, and Ben Gordon Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Gordon’s Tree Service of Sidell, LA to immediately cease all transportation services due to a pattern of serious safety violations that pose an imminent hazard to public safety.
In a surprising move, the FMCSA also issued an “out of service” on a driver, Georgia-licensed truck driver Johnny Felton Jr., who was working for DOT Transportation, Inc. out of Mount Sterling, IL, declaring him an imminent hazard and ordering him to immediately cease all commercial vehicle driver operations because of his failure to exercise an appropriate duty of care to the motoring public regarding his medical conditions. It was the first time in at least eight years the agency had released information about an individual driver put out-of-service.