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Volume 136
March 2, 2015
Attention CDL Drivers: Heads Up!
This issue is dedicated to CDL drivers and their employers. Don't miss the Special Report that starts on page 2 of this newsletter. This is a pre-season must! In case you haven't noticed, there have been several changes to the CDL system that requires your drivers to complete certain new steps to maintain a valid CDL. If your driver misses any one of the steps, their State Driver License Agency may have downgraded or even suspended their CDL. We recommend you print off a copy of Helping Your Drivers Assure Compliance with the CDL Requirements for every driver and ask them to read it. We also recommend you follow up with each of your drivers (check their CDL) to assure they have a valid CDL that is appropriate for the vehicle they operate and the cargo they transport. We estimate 30% of the drivers today have already been downgraded or completely lost their CDL and will have to start over.
Asmark Institute Starts Monitoring for Downgraded CDLs
Due to the confusion with the new Commercial Drivers License Information System (CDLIS), the Asmark Institute will begin monitoring the new CDLIS-MVRs soon. The new CDLIS-MVR is supposed to contain all the information required to assure a driver's CDL is current. This includes the certification by the driver, medical examiner's certification dates and the motor vehicle record (MVR) information. DOT requires the CDLIS-MVR be produced, reviewed and placed in the driver qualification file each time there is a change in the medical examination certification date. We anticipate adding "Downgraded Physical" and "Downgraded Affidavit" to the Disqualification Notice to help alert motor carriers their driver has an issue with renewals. For new drivers, we will send notice to the facility contact as soon as we review the CDLIS-MVR. This typically occurs within a few days of creating the new driver file.
SARA Reminder: March 1st Deadline
SARA Tier II submissions were due on March 1st. Penalties have become quite severe for non-compliance, so please make sure your report(s) were submitted to their State Emergency Response Commission, Local Emergency Planning Commission and Fire Department. Don't forget to follow your state's instructions to pay any applicable fees.
Pesticide-Production Report Update
Asmark Institute has submitted and documented receipt of the Pesticide Production Report by U.S. EPA for each of our clients. All annual reports were received by U.S. EPA by the deadline. We will produce and send file copies along with the tracking documentation for each facility within the next 10 days.
-- SPECIAL REPORT --
2015 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.
Attention CDL Drivers: Heads Up!
This issue is dedicated to CDL drivers and their employers. Don't miss the Special Report that starts on page 2 of this newsletter. This is a pre-season must! In case you haven't noticed, there have been several changes to the CDL system that requires your drivers to complete certain new steps to maintain a valid CDL. If your driver misses any one of the steps, their State Driver License Agency may have downgraded or even suspended their CDL. We recommend you print off a copy of Helping Your Drivers Assure Compliance with the CDL Requirements for every driver and ask them to read it. We also recommend you follow up with each of your drivers (check their CDL) to assure they have a valid CDL that is appropriate for the vehicle they operate and the cargo they transport. We estimate 30% of the drivers today have already been downgraded or completely lost their CDL and will have to start over.
Asmark Institute Starts Monitoring for Downgraded CDLs
Due to the confusion with the new Commercial Drivers License Information System (CDLIS), the Asmark Institute will begin monitoring the new CDLIS-MVRs soon. The new CDLIS-MVR is supposed to contain all the information required to assure a driver's CDL is current. This includes the certification by the driver, medical examiner's certification dates and the motor vehicle record (MVR) information. DOT requires the CDLIS-MVR be produced, reviewed and placed in the driver qualification file each time there is a change in the medical examination certification date. We anticipate adding "Downgraded Physical" and "Downgraded Affidavit" to the Disqualification Notice to help alert motor carriers their driver has an issue with renewals. For new drivers, we will send notice to the facility contact as soon as we review the CDLIS-MVR. This typically occurs within a few days of creating the new driver file.
SARA Reminder: March 1st Deadline
SARA Tier II submissions were due on March 1st. Penalties have become quite severe for non-compliance, so please make sure your report(s) were submitted to their State Emergency Response Commission, Local Emergency Planning Commission and Fire Department. Don't forget to follow your state's instructions to pay any applicable fees.
Pesticide-Production Report Update
Asmark Institute has submitted and documented receipt of the Pesticide Production Report by U.S. EPA for each of our clients. All annual reports were received by U.S. EPA by the deadline. We will produce and send file copies along with the tracking documentation for each facility within the next 10 days.
-- SPECIAL REPORT --
2015 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.