NMTA Annual Convention, TDC and Golf Tournament
Set for Isleta Resort
The NMTA golf tournament will be held May 1st. The NMTA annual business meeting and president's receiption will be on May 2nd and the New Mexico Truck Driving Championships (TDC) and banquet will be on May 3rd.
Safety Award Forms Now Posted
Get Ready for the 2014 Truck Driving Championships
TDC Entry Forms Now Posted
NMTA Moving to New Offices
As of March 1, 2014 The New Mexico Trucking Association will be moving to new offices at:
New Mexico Trucking Association
4700 Lincoln NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
The new location is part of a multi-office complex and offers considerablity more amenities including a shared 20 person conference room and shared 40 person training room that will bring to latest technology to these two critical functions. The complex also has a shared receptionist to direct calls and visitors.
While NMTA still owns the existing office building on Jefferson Street, the new complex is much more convient with ample parking, a break room and other services. The old offices will be leased to Complete Compliance Services so their will no longer be any shared services between NMTA and CCS.
Click here for a tour of the new NMTA facilities.
FMCSA Delays Rule Which Would Eliminate Need for Drivers to Carry Medical Examiner’s Certificates (Med Cards)
This week, FMCSA will officially publish a final rule extending the deadline after which CDL holders will no longer be able to use physical copies of their med cards to prove their medical qualification status to roadside inspectors.
CDL holders will now continue to be required to possess med cards until January 30, 2015 (the previous deadline was 1/30/14). FMCSA released an advance copy of the new rule on Friday, January 10th (available by clicking here).
The rule also requires that:
- Motor carriers retain a copy of the each driver’s med card in his/her driver’s qualification (DQ) file until January 30, 2015; and
- If the driver’s motor vehicle record reflects medical certification information posted by the state licensing agency, a copy of the MVR must also be placed in the driver’s qualification (DQ) file (note: see ATA Advocacy Action section below).
The rule retains the January 30, 2014 deadline for CDL holders to submit med cards to their respective State Drivers Licensing Agencies (SDLA) and for those agencies to post driver medical qualification information to drivers’ CDLIS records (e.g., motor vehicle records). Note: this requirement for drivers stands, even though several states have indicated they will not be able to meet the deadline to post the medical information to drivers’ records. Consistent with the new rule on possession of med cards, CVSA has issued a bulletin directing roadside inspectors NOT to place drivers out-of-service in cases when the state licensing record does not reflect a driver’s medical qualification information but the driver presents a valid med card (bulletin available by clicking here).
President Orders New Efficiency Standards for Large Trucks
President Obama on Tuesday ordered the development of tough new fuel standards for the nation’s fleet of heavy-duty trucks as part of what aides say will be an increasingly muscular and unilateral campaign to tackle climate change through the use of the president’s executive power. The new regulations, to be drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department by March 2015 and completed a year later so they are in place before Mr. Obama leaves office, are the latest in a series of actions intended to cut back on greenhouse gases without the sort of comprehensive legislation the president failed to push through Congress in his first term. Courtesy of New York Times, through ATA Daily.
SCAM Alert -- Don’t Be Fooled
Once again there is a fraudulent DOT letter circulating, this time with the signatory being Louis James. It goes without saying that no one should respond to any request like this. Contact FMCSA if you have any questions, but they NEVER request bank account information through solicitations such as these.
Health Insurance Plans Offered by New Mexico Trucking Association Partners
Our proposal is to help all members of the NMTA explore creative options to control their health insurance costs. The range of services will cover members with one employee up to hundreds of employees. The health insurance options include individual plans, fully insured group plans, level premium self-funded plans and self-funded plans with stop loss protection.
Our partnership with Presbyterian Health Plan provides a unique fully insured Association Plan for members of the NMTA. This plan uses your Association to move employers from the restrictive ACA plans available to groups of 50 or less employees, to the cost effective options available to groups of over 50 employees.
For larger groups there are options that give employers greater control over their costs, including level premium self–funding. For groups that are self–funded, we can provide a stop loss policy that is provided by a captive insurance program specifically designed for the trucking industry.
Alan J. Hess Dan Wilkinson
505 821-6477 505-296-0801
4809 Jefferson St. N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87109
505 884-3661 (fax)
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NM DOT Website Tracks Road Status
of State road conditions or closures?
Want to check the weather forecast. Then check out the New Mexico Department of Transportation's website for compressive to State traffic information. Click here to visit the NM DOT website.
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
Commercial Vehicle Permits
2014 TDC Will be Held at Isleta
Switching from the traditional location at FedEx, the New Mexico Trucking Association Truck Driver Championships (TDC) for 2014 will now be held at the Isleta Resort and Casino which is also the site of this year's annual meeting.
NM Ranked as Nation's 3rd Largest Energy Supplier
The Federal Energy Department has now ranked New Mexico as the third largest energy supplier in the country, thanks to the steady growth in the State's petroleum and natural gas production. State production has been growing steadily for the past six years. The State also has strong potential for solar, wind and geothermal energy,
State petroleum production increased nearly 24% by the end of 2011. "In New Mexico, we're doing everything we can to keep the pace of development going, " said Wally Drangmeister, communications director for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.
New Mexico is one of the boom states in the recent surge in oil production in the U.S. Production is so strong that the U.S. is expected to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's largest total supplier of oil in 2013. By 2014, the U.S. is expected to produce on the average 12.1 million barrels a day, which is 300,000 more than Saudi Arabia.
Even more good news is that while production is rising, domestic consumption is slowing and prices are expected to remain stable. The Energy Department predicts that domestic oil output my regain the peak reached in 1970 and gasoline prices will fall to just over $3 per gallon.
ATA Advocacy Action on Rule Delay
ATA is concerned that FMCSA is placing the onus on motor carriers and drivers to retain documents for another year to accommodate states’ failures to have systems in place to track the required medical qualification information.
Late last month, ATA wrote to FMCSA and urged the agency to, at a minimum, delay until January 2015 the requirement that motor carriers obtain MVRs to verify drivers’ medical status. A copy of ATA’s letter is available here. ATA is hopeful that FMCSA will soon publish an enforcement policy directing safety investigators (auditors) to accept med cards as proof of driver medical qualification in all circumstances and not cite carriers for failing to have MVRs on file reflecting this information. If such a policy is ultimately published, ATA will obtain and distribute a copy of it. ATA is also evaluating other actions it may take to address its concerns with the final rule.
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.