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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some commercial motor vehicle regulations in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. were temporarily relaxed to reduce restrictions that may limit motor carriers from promptly providing much-needed products and services to assist with emergency relief efforts. Subsequently, many states, provinces and territories issued a variety of emergency measures specific to their jurisdictions. With numerous temporary actions in place, there was a need for a central repository containing active emergency declaration information.

To address this need, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) obtained High Priority Grant funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and partnered with Seikosoft, a contracted software company, to develop an online repository for current emergency declarations, waivers, amendments, extensions, exemptions, executive orders, etc., that the commercial motor vehicle enforcement community and the motor carrier industry may reference at any time.

Each jurisdiction (and some relevant agencies and organizations) is responsible for updating its emergency declaration information through the secure online portal, ensuring the information contained on the website is timely and accurate. At roadside, officers or inspectors can quickly verify a declaration internationally, nationally, or at a state, provincial or territorial level by visiting CVSA’s new webpage. The public may also view emergency declaration information at any time. The information on the website is unrestricted and open to everyone. In addition, motor carriers and drivers can download and print documents from the website to carry with them in the truck.

Going forward, through this website, law enforcement officials, inspectors, industry and the public will have a permanent, reliable “one-stop shop” for emergency information, resulting in improved movement of critical relief supplies during national, regional and local emergencies.

The Alliance’s goal in creating this website was to support commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement personnel, the greater law enforcement community, the motor carrier industry and professional drivers during emergencies – ranging from a seasonal weather event to something as unique as the current unprecedented pandemic.

Visit www.cvsaemergencydeclarations.org to view current official declarations.

 

Current News

How Ontario’s General Trucking Sector can Address Driver Fatigue Among Professional Drivers

Driver fatigue identified as a top health and safety risk for trucking operations in Ontario

Top 10 root causes of driver fatigue among professional truck drivers in Ontario

In February 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) in partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) organized a group of industry experts that met for two days to determine the root causes of driver fatigue in Ontario’s trucking sector. As part of their work, they also developed critical controls and specific activities that could be put in place to address driver fatigue in Ontario’s general trucking industry.

The list of the top 10 causes of driver fatigue, as identified by workers, supervisors, and employers in Ontario’s trucking sector is displayed in the infographic on pages 34-35 of Private Motor Carrier. More detailed information on the top causes of driver fatigue among professional truck drivers, is discussed in the accompanying technical paper available at www.ihsa.ca/driverfatigue.

Identifying solutions and controls

After identifying the top 10 causal factors of driver fatigue, the group of subject matter experts, led by Dr. Sujoy Dey of the MLTSD, identified possible solutions and controls for the top ranked risks. During the discussions, similar themes and proposed controls kept emerging that informed five key recommendations:

  • classify truck driving as a skilled trade (Red Seal),
  • review and address critical training gaps in mandatory entry-level training (MELT),
  • mandatory graduated licensing for all truck drivers,
  • greater enforcement of carriers who are non-compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Highway Traffic Act, and
  • promote mental health and wellness among professional truck drivers.

These recommendations provide a foundation for the reduction in driver fatigue by focussing on systemic causal factors and not just the symptoms of driver fatigue. The trucking industry should focus immediately on addressing these five key recommendations.

“The group of industry experts shared their experience, made suggestions, and proposed potential controls to address the primary causal factors and identified systemic weaknesses in the industry,” says Michelle Roberts, IHSA Director, Stakeholder & Client Engagement. “IHSA is proud of our work as an advocate for improving professional truck driver training, non-compliant carrier enforcement, and the importance of driver mental health and wellness. This work is a strong first step toward meaningful changes for safer and healthier workplaces for professional truck drivers.”

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