Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last month announced exemptions for 47 people from its rule prohibiting persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) from operating commercial motor vehicles. For more information, go to this site and search Docket No. 24210.
American Transportation Research Institute, along with the Transportation Research Board, is conducting a survey that will gather information on the development of a safety culture within motor carrier companies and seek carrier views on the value of safety certification programs. Topics include company attitudes and practices regarding safety, experience with safety certification programs, and developing a best practices guide in developing a safety culture. The survey can be found at this site.
Petro Stopping Centers has installed free blood pressure monitors at most locations nationwide. The units were placed at health stations supplied by Healthy Trucker Info. Petro says the monitors were installed in response to stricter federal government regulations that now require drivers to have blood pressure of 140/90 or below in order to maintain a CDL; the old standard was 160/90.
First Advantage Corp. (www.fadv.com) said its Transportation Services division has introduced a Web-based service designed to streamline the ordering of license and driving records. The CDLIS to MVR service provides records from all states in which a driver has held a CDL, saving employers from having to gather this data from multiple sources.
It was a muggy Sunday morning when, traveling Florida’s two-lane Tamiami Trail through the Everglades with a trailer load of Sunny Daze oranges in tow, trucker John Doe noted the arrival of some fat raindrops and slowed down to a 40 mph crawl. To boost his morale, he tuned his radio to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pregame show. His beloved Philadelphia Eagles were visiting Tampa to tangle with the Bucs, and