Wounded Warrior Project a BIG THANK YOU!!!

Hello everyone, to view the Letter just click on it and it should open up. Thank you to all who have donated and who continue to donate to our Wounded Warriors. You guys are awesome.

WWP Thank You Letter


Traffic Advisory

Traffic ADVISORY

Truckers should be aware that Kentucky State Police (KSP) Troopers and Officers with the KSP Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement have stepped up enforcement of the load limit on the US 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland.

Responding to a number of recent complaints about overweight trucks crossing the bridge, there will be an enhanced enforcement presence at the bridge.

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regulations, trucks crossing the bridge have the following gross weight restrictions:

Type I Trucks 23 Tons (2 axle)
Type II Trucks 23 Tons (3 axle)
Type III Trucks 26 Tons (4 axle)
Type IV Trucks 35 Tons (5 axle-Semi)

Load limit information is posted at the end of all Kentucky bridges. It is the responsibility of the Commercial Drivers License holder to obey bridge weight restrictions.

While farm trucks hauling crops and trucks hauling certain natural resources are given a margin of error on some highways, all bridge load limits still apply and cannot be exceeded.

While officers are on-site they will also be enforcing the 35 mile per hour speed limit on the bridge.

The US 60 Cumberland River bridge at Smithland, also known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge and the Smithland Bridge, is at US 60 Livingston County mile point 12.348. The 1,817 ft. through truss structure was opened to traffic in 1931. About 5,500 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.

 


FOR SALE Tractor/Trailer 2000 Kenworth W900L w/98 Ravens Trailer

Johh Koons is selling his
2000 Kenworth W900L
1998 Ravens
All equipment: 4 tarps, chains, binders, side kit, 24 perm winches, etc.
48K

Call: 970-396-4584

Koons Truck


!!!!Weekend Crackdown on Commercial Vehicles!!!!

BE PREPARED

Illinois State Police Prepare For Weekend Crackdown on Commercial Vehicles
Police throughout Illinois will saturate areas along I-90/94, beginning at midnight on Friday

Beginning at midnight on Friday Aug 1st, the Illinois State Police joins 15 other states to step up enforcement on commercial vehicles as part of a "massive public safety initiative" to help reduce traffic fatalities and prevent criminal activity.

Police throughout Illinois will saturate areas along I-90/94 to target speeding violations, DUI, seatbelts, distracted driving, compliance laws, and illegal criminal and drug activity. “Our collective efforts to ensure that this stretch of I-90/94 is safe throughout this four day saturation period will require the resources and dedication of our troopers, investigators and inspectors,” ISP Operations Colonel Michael Zerbonia said. “We are committed to supporting this multi-jurisdictional highway enforcement effort on behalf of Illinois to enhance road safety and public awareness."

As part of the I-90/94 Challenge, dedicated officers plan to conduct commercial motor vehicle safety inspections, while state police truck inspectors check for mechanical deficiencies, unlicensed drivers, logbook violations, overweight trucks and trailers and CMV out of service violations. Other states with access to the corridor will do the same. The crackdown lasts through Aug. 4. In the last year, police conducted more than 88,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections at the state level.


Trippak/Transflo

Attention Trippak Mobile Users!  Trippak has recently been acquired by Transflo, and very soon, the Trippak Mobile app that you may use on your smartphone for document scanning will be phased out.  If you currently use the Trippak Mobile app, please go to your play store or your app store and download the Transflo Mobile app.  It will work very similarly to the Trippak App, and you will use the same client ID, MCER, to register the application.  Please try to have the Transflo Mobile app installed by August 1st.  If you scan from your computer using Trippak In-Cab, or you use the truck stop scanners, continue to do so.  This transition will only affect the mobile app for now.  Thanks and have a great day.


CARB Advisory Update

Good morning from Mercertown!

For those of you that are continuing to operate in California, I know that you have been following CARB very closely.  In April we discussed that a meeting was held to propose some changes to their strict policies on truck emissions.  Until now, we have been waiting for the advisory to come out that will detail the changes that were made, and how to continue to take advantage of some of their exemptions.  The advisory was released late Friday night, and I will list the details below.

The 6 page advisory that was released on Friday contains details of several exemptions that already are being, or can be taken advantage of to continue to operate in the state of California with a non-compliant truck.  I am going to highlight only the exemptions that really apply to our type of equipment to save you the headache of filtering through the stuff that doesn't really apply.  Please read VERY thoroughly because there is a lot of misinformation out there, and not everyone completely understands these exemptions.

First of all, the 1,000 mile exemption has stayed the same.  If you have already been taking advantage of this exemption, nothing will change.There have been rumors that this mileage would increase to 5,000 miles.  IT WILL NOT!  The 5,000 mile exemption is ONLY for trucks that run less than 5,000 miles per year TOTAL.  So if you are using the 1,000 mile exemption, you have no changes to make.  You will have to register for this exemption every year, and we will send out a reminder at the end of the year when it is time to do so.

Second, the NOx area exemption has changed.  The NOx area exemption offers an opportunity for non-compliant trucks to operate in the most rural parts of the state of California.  Some regions of the state have been added, some have been taken off,and the map is shown below.  This is a big change, and if you are using this exemption, it will greatly effect where you can and can't run in the state.

new carb map

The third change is to the Small Fleet option.  Very few of you can take advantage of this, but some can.  Basically, if you own 3 trucks, and at least one of those three are compliant, you can operate all three of the trucks within the state.  The second truck will have to be upgraded by Jan. 1, 2017, and the third by Jan. 1, 2018.  This exemption is largely misunderstood by many because of the way it has been worded in some of the media outlets.  Many O/O's thought that they could use this and run until January of 2018.  However, it states that if you just own one truck, it must be compliant.

Lastly, the most popular exemption may become the Economic Hardship Extension.  Basically this exemption applies to any truck owner that has been specifically denied a loan for a DPF upgrade, or for a newer CARB compliant truck.  The details of this exemption are currently being revised, and will be made available for a 15-day public comment, before they can be finalized. Owners will be expected to provide financial information, and documentation of all options that could be used to bring the fleet into compliance, and audit-able proof that no financing options are available to the applicant.  Until this exemption is finalized, we do not have any information about how to register for it in CARB's database.

Also, if you are currently running on the Good Faith Effort, then you need to take some action, since this exemption expires on July 1st.  Listed below is the steps you need to take to continue to run in California until the Economic Hardship Extension is finalized:

Fleet owners that previously reported they were denied for a loan and still do not have the financial means to comply may be eligible for the economic hardship extension, as described above. While the provisions of this extension are being revised, owners that were unable to comply and were denied a loan, will be able to temporarily operate up to three vehicles that were in the fleet as of January 1, 2012, by submitting the following information that was used to support the original claim of being denied for a loan:

The TRUCRS ID and associated company name

The name and phone number of the contact person

Vehicle Identification Numbers of up to three vehicles that were in the fleet on
January 1, 2012

A copy of the loan denial letter from the national or state-chartered financial institution or a licensed California finance lender.  The copies should be scanned and emailed to trucrs@arb.ca.gov or sent by mail to:
Truck and Bus Reporting
P.O. Box 2815
California Air Resources Board
Sacramento, California 95812

The owner will be able to print a temporary certificate that allows the existing vehicles to be used until October 1, 2014, if the remainder of the fleet complies. Additional guidance about the economic hardship extension will be provided once the amended language is finalized.
 

If you have any further questions, you can contact CARB at 866-634-3735 or email them at 8666diesel@arb.ca.gov. Here is a link to a copy of the entire advisory: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/mailouts/msc1408/msc1408.pdf

Thanks, have a great day and GO MERCER!!!


Bridge Closure and I-65 Traffic Changes in Louisville

Effective July 8th, the Clark Memorial Bridge (also known as 2nd Street Bridge or US-31) will be completely closed for 45 days.  This is the next phase of the bridges project, as entrance and exit ramps on the Indiana side will be completely re-constructed.  Most of our Mercer drivers do not use this bridge, unless shuttling back and forth in the Mercer van to Indiana, however, nearly 20,000 vehicles cross this bridge per day.  The overflow of this traffic will be dumped onto I-65, and you can only imagine what rush hour will be like.

Many traffic pattern changes have been made on I-65 just before the bridge on the Kentucky side.  This is one of many changes that will take place over the next few years as the new bridge is being constructed, and the junction is being modified.  I will only suggest that you all be very cautious while driving through downtown Louisville on I-65.  It has been an adventure for me to drive through in my personal vehicle let alone thinking of you all driving a big truck through.  Lanes are very tight, and exits and interchanges are somewhat confusing.  I would suggest that over the next couple of months to try to use I-264 in Kentucky and I-265 in Indiana to loop around the city, especially during rush hour and weekend traffic.

Thanks for listening this morning, and we still welcome you in to Mercertown...if you can get here.  Have a great day, and GO MERCER!

 

 


Mercer works with KSP to help train for ELDs

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A message from our Assistant Safety Director, Rob Curry,

I want to send a big thanks out to Leland and Patti Halcomb, unit 13135. Mercer was asked to participate in several ELD (electronic logging device) training classes this spring for the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement. Leland and Patti didn’t hesitate to step up and volunteer. Leland admitted to being a little nervous at first but once the classes started, he couldn’t have represented Mercer with anymore professionalism and concern for safety. Leland and Patti are just one of many examples of what makes Mercer a special place to call home.


Alliance for Uniform HazMat Procedures Permit

For those with the capability of printing in your Truck or at the house. Here is the Uniform HazMat Permit updated version for you to print off. Click on the link below and then click the print button. Thank you and GO MERCER!!! Don't forget about the upcoming Blitz next week.

Alliance For Uniform HazMat Transportation Procedures


The Annual Coast to Coast Blitz!!!

The annual coast-to-coast Roadcheck inspection blitz will be held next month, June 3-5. For the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Roadcheck, roughly 10,000 inspectors conduct commercial motor vehicle inspections in approximately 1,500 locations across North America.

There have been more than 1 million roadside inspections since Roadcheck began in 1988. According to the CVSA, those inspections resulted in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided. Roadcheck also provides the opportunity to distribute educational literature to both industry parties and the general public.

The North American Standard Level I inspection is the most comprehensive roadside inspection. In this inspection, vehicles and drivers are assessed for violations of federal, state or Canadian provincial safety regulations. Of the 73,000 truck and bus inspections conducted in 2013, 47,771 were Level I inspections. Of those, 24.1% uncovered out-of-service violations.

The rest of the inspections assessed either the driver or the vehicle only.

Several agencies and organizations participate in the CVSA Roadcheck each year, including: the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators; Transport Canada; and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.
- See more at: http://www.gobytrucknews.com/inspection-blitz-set-for-june/123#sthash.1OQnW0d8.dpuf