Clearinghouse Deadline, And New FMCSA Guidance About Yard Moves

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DaveW's Comment
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A hard deadline looms for carriers and owner-operators to register and make their first query with the FMCSA's Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. That deadline is tomorrow, January 5. And FMCSA proposes new guidance defining yard-moves for HOS purposes.

Clearinghouse deadline, and new FMCSA guidance about yard moves

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel 's Comment
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Yes to the Yard Moves! I noticed the first description was about intermodal yards or ports.

If I'm not careful to continually put myself on duty somedays I can easily burn 2 hours of my 11 and would have gone only three miles.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Chris L's Comment
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A Government run web site that crashes every time there is a high volume of users to register or log in??? Seems like we have heard this record before???? Hummm...

Joseph L.'s Comment
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Maybe explains the issues we had with it. Had to do it several times before it finally registered

A Government run web site that crashes every time there is a high volume of users to register or log in??? Seems like we have heard this record before???? Hummm...

JakeBreak's Comment
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They need to include truck stop parking lots in the yard move. It might get some drivers to slow down in the lot. I have noticed since you can fuel and have it count toward your 30 min break that there are fewer log jams in the fuel island than there used to be. It stands to reason if guys can park and get back to the road without hitting the drive line they might slow down.

Rob D.'s Comment
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They need to include truck stop parking lots in the yard move. It might get some drivers to slow down in the lot. I have noticed since you can fuel and have it count toward your 30 min break that there are fewer log jams in the fuel island than there used to be. It stands to reason if guys can park and get back to the road without hitting the drive line they might slow down.

The guidance language focuses on any CMV movement on private property so a truck stop would be "yard move."

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Oddball's Comment
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That's a yard move in my eyes.

They need to include truck stop parking lots in the yard move. It might get some drivers to slow down in the lot. I have noticed since you can fuel and have it count toward your 30 min break that there are fewer log jams in the fuel island than there used to be. It stands to reason if guys can park and get back to the road without hitting the drive line they might slow down.

PackRat's Comment
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I don't see a truck stop as qualifying for a yard move because it's open to the public, and it is not a controlled-access environment. It's basically the same as any rest area inasmuch as literally anyone has access.

Auggie69's Comment
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I don't see a truck stop as qualifying for a yard move because it's open to the public, and it is not a controlled-access environment. It's basically the same as any rest area inasmuch as literally anyone has access.

Disagree. A truck stop is a private yard open to the public. A rest stop is a public yard open to the public. You can rest in a rest area but you can conduct business and move your vehicle in a truck stop.

PackRat's Comment
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And if one drives fir FE, truck stops are also terminals.

You can disagree. Doesn't matter to me.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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