Archive for July, 2016

Art contest highlights the safety of driver jobs

Friday, July 8th, 2016

A national art contest is spotlighting safety and driver jobs.

U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson awarded top honors in the 2016 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest to 4th grader Andy Chen and 2nd grader Jessica Hong, both of East Brunswick, N.J., during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“This one simple step – buckling up every trip, no matter how short the distance – is the first line of defense in protecting against injury in the case of a crash,” said Deputy Secretary Mendez.  “Whether you are a parent, a caregiver, a friend, or a colleague, it is your responsibility to ensure that every passenger riding in your vehicle securely fastens his or her safety belt.”

FMCSA recently announced that passengers riding in large commercial trucks will be required to use seat belts whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce.  The Final Rule, which takes effect August 8, revises FMCSA regulations and holds motor carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that their passengers use seat belts.

“Safety belts save lives, and their use by drivers has steadily increased during the past decade.  That is great news because it means that every day, more and more people are returning home to their loved ones,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Jefferson.  “We want the protection of a seat belt applied to every passenger riding in a large truck.  It can be the one thing you do that saves your life in a crash.”

The annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest is organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which includes FMCSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and 30 other government agencies and private organizations.  The contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade who also have a sponsor in the commercial truck and bus industries.  The two grand prize winners received framed replicas of their artwork courtesy of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.

 

Funds ensure safety of driver jobs

Friday, July 8th, 2016

A new round of funding is going to ensure the safety of driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it has awarded $32 million in financial assistance to 15 states to help ensure that foreign truck and bus drivers and vehicles involved in international commerce at or near border crossings with Canada and Mexico are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads.

FMCSA awarded BEG funds to the following states:

State

FY16 BEG Award

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

   $187,503

Arizona Department of Public Safety

$5,610,269

California Highway Patrol

$5,291,243

Idaho State Police Commercial Vehicle Safety

     $97,923

Maine Department of Public Safety

   $300,000

Michigan Department of State Police

   $200,000

Minnesota State Patrol

   $285,000

Montana Department of Transportation

   $871,410

New Hampshire Department of Safety

     $33,319

New Mexico Department of Public Safety

   $491,215

New York State Department of Transportation

   $643,240

North Dakota Highway Patrol

   $256,375

Texas Department of Public Safety                  $17,205,619
Vermont Agency of Transportation

     $66,058

Washington State Patrol

   $460,826

National Carriers Names Steve Danielson Driver of the Month

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Steve Danielson has been named May Driver of the Month for National Carriers, Inc. Danielson owns and operates a truck dedicated to NCI clients in the southeast United States. He has delivered refrigerated goods to customers since he began working at National Carriers in January of 2008.

Danielson stated, “National Carriers is like family to me. If I have an issue they will step up and help out. I like being involved and getting my hands dirty.  NCI recognizes the extra effort. It is an honor to be considered for driver of the month and even more so to be chosen. National Carriers has been good to me and the only regret I have is that I didn’t start work at NCI earlier in my driving career.”

Recently, Danielson was recognized for driving one million accident free miles for National Carriers. He is also active in promoting safety for the motoring public by conducting classes for the local Head Start program in Ocala, Florida. During his NCI career, this marks the second time he has been named driver of the month for the 700 truck, “Elite” Fleet. He previously was named driver of the month in 2013. Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2016. Monthly award winners receive a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2017.

  Company Information

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