CDL Physicals Must Be Done By Practitionors in the National Registry
Starting May 21 ,2014, all Physicians –Doctors- PAs that administer CDL /DOT physicals must be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners with FMCSA . Otherwise the medical examiners certificate for drivers will not be valid.
New Mexico Currently Only has 15 Registered Physicians
If you’re Physician has not yet registered please be aware that it is not a short process the average time span is 5 to 6 months, as of November 7th 2013 there are only 15 physicians currently registered ( go to link to see which ones are in New Mexico currently) and there are over 53,000 CDL holders in New Mexico.
The link below will give you and or your Physician the directions to follow.
If you have any questions please contact FMCSA or The New Mexico Trucking Association.
Understand after May 21, 2014 if your Physician is not registered the Physical is invalid. For details: https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam
Dates Announced for 2014 NMTA Annual Convention and TDC
the date for the is set for Annual Convention and TDC in 2014 May 1st Golf , May 2nd Annual business meeting, TDC and Banquet on the 3rd (location for banquet TBA) .
Mesilla Valley Transportation Named one of Top 50 Green Fleets in Heavy Duty Trucking's Survey
There are now many strategies for going green to maximize fuel efficiency while reducing your enviromental footprint. Heavy Duty Trucking magazine took up the challenge of trying to select the top 50 "Green Fleets" as a news article idea and came up with an amazing list of the industry's most innovative trucking companies. The list of different strategies is long and the extent of conversion to more green approaches is impressive. These are carriers looking to use fuel efficiency strategies to improve their bottom line.
Among the 50 is Mesilla Valley Transportation, Las Cruces, N.M. who has a long history in maximizing fuel economy with a diverse range of strategies.
A 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award winner, MVT has long been acknowledged as a leader in fuel economy, often developing and testing its own technology, such as trailer skirts, before commercial products were widely available. It runs B20 biodiesel out of its El Paso terminal. All trucks have APUs and wide-base single tires, as well as 6x2 drive trains (single drive with tag axle), which saves about 7 gallons per thousand miles. All trucks are governed and drivers are rewarded for mpg in many ways. All trailers have side skirts, ATDynamics Trailer Tails and wide-base single tires. Courtesy www.truckinginfor.com.
New 34 Hour Restart Rule Drawing Heat - Trucking Industry Appealing to Congress
As you are aware, the trucking industry is strongly opposed the new Hours of Service Policy. Unfortunately, FMCSA despite overwhelming comments in opposition to the proposed rule and a lack of strong evidence that it would contribute to safety in any manner, adopted the rule. Of particular concern to the industry has been the new 34 hour restart provision which has led to productivity reductions of anywhere from 2% to 4% for carriers and many drivers seeing a reduction in pay because of the changes.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and other groups had originally asked that the new hours of service proposal not be implemented until an independent study of the impacts of the rule was completed so as to identify whether the benefits truly outweighed the substantial costs and whether the proposed rule would really improve safety.
Recently with the support of ATA, Rep. Hanna (R-NY), Rep. Michaud (D-ME) and Rep. Rice (R-SC) introduced the “TRUE Safety Act” H.R. 3413. The bill would defer implementation of the new 34-hour restart provisions in the new hours-of-service regulations, pending completion of a Government Accounting Office (GAO) review of (1) the analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to justify the new rules and, (2) the MAP-21 required restart provision.
ATA has prepared a white paper on this important issue (see ATA website) and is asking that carriers contact their United State House of Representatives to ask them to (1) become a co-sponsor of H.R. 3413 and, (2) support the legislation when it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives.
How Long A Restart?
How Long to Restart? The Journal of Commerce offers an online calculator on restart as well as a downloadable HOS Restart App to install on your smartphone or tablet.
The new hours of service rules require two back-to-back 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods within the 34-hour “restart” period. That means drivers must end their week within a 6-hour window between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. if they want a true 34-hour restart.
The JOC interactive 24-hour clock can help you determine how long a rest period must be before a driver can start a new 60- or 70-hour work week. Choose a time to go off-duty and click on the hour for the length of the break and the restart time.
The new rules will make it tougher for drivers to get back on the road after 34 hours of rest, which means less miles and money for truckers. Carriers will have a harder time scheduling drivers and efficiently routing trucks, costing them money.
Shippers with lean inventories and tight delivery windows will find their supply chains more vulnerable to disruption, and feel more pressure to pay higher rates. They are likely to turn more to brokers and logistics companies for capacity. Courtesy The Journal of Commerce.
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On the NM DOT site, you'll find a wide array of State maps, photo galleries, video galleries and much more.
You will also find State-wide and city specific details on:
Accidents & Incidents
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2012 Drivers of the Month
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NMTA and SMC
Philip Snapka Award
New Mexico's Highway System Ranked 4th. in the Nation
New Mexico's State highway system has been ranked 4th in the nation in overall highway performane and efficieny in the latest Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.
The report tracks the performance of state-owned highway systems of the United States from 1984 to 2009. Eleven indicators make up each state's overall rating, including:
- Highway Expenditures
- Interstate and Primary road pavement condition
- Bridge condition
- Urban interstate congestion
- fatality rates
- Narrow rural lanes
New Mexico ranks 1st in urban interstate pavement conditon, 1st in rural interstate condtion, 8th in deficient bridges, 9th in urban interstate congestion and 37th in fatality rate.
IMPROVING ROAD FINANCE MANAGEMENT -- Governor Martinez tasked the NM DOT to develop more efficient use of funds. In the last three years NM DOT has saved over $270 million through better financial management. This includes closing projects quicker to release obligation authority, taking advantage of lower interest rates for debt management and focusing on asset management strategies such as pavement preservation.