The Road Explorer - Summer 2012 - (Page 8)

ISSUES Update FMCSA to Examine Hours of Service Issues for Motor Coach Drivers in U.S. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has conducted a series of public listening sessions to solicit information, concepts, ideas and information on hours-of-service requirements for motor coach drivers. The agency would like to know what factors, issues and data may be pertinent as it considers the possibility of revamping the U.S. rules. The listening sessions allow interested persons to present comments, views and relevant new research. FMCSA recorded the sessions, and a transcript of the public meetings as well as all comments submitted during the sessions, have been placed in the docket for FMCSA’s consideration. Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, from 10 a.m. until noon CT and from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. CT. MCC will be in attendance. Feds Change Duty-Free Limits As of June 1, travellers coming back after 24 hours away may bring in $200 worth of goods free of duty or taxes, an increase from the current $50. Travellers gone more than 48 hours will be allowed $800 in dutyfree goods, double the current $400 allowance. There will no longer be any specified seven-day limit on duty-free purchases. The changes are designed to harmonize levels with those of the U.S. and will streamline the border-crossing process. The budget estimated that the higher limits will cost the government $13 million in this fiscal year and $17 million in the full 2013-14 fiscal year. Driver Security Passes for Access to Port Metro Vancouver Motor coach drivers dropping off or picking up groups at the Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) cruise ship terminal must have a PMV authorized photo identification called a Port Pass and a FAST Card or a Marine Transportation Security Clearance (TSC). Failure to produce a valid Port Pass and a TSC or FAST Card may result in refused access to the cruise ship terminal property. Drivers or workers who need to access Ballantyne Pier and Canada Place (lower level) cruise ship terminal docks need to apply for a TSC unless they have a FAST Card (accepted in lieu of a TSC). Note: A NEXUS card does not qualify in lieu of a TSC Card. If an individual has a valid Port Pass, but no TSC or FAST Card, terminal security staff may provide escort for the driver into a restricted area. The TSC requirement applies to all drivers or other workers who need to enter a restricted clearance area at a marine port (also referred to as a “Restricted Area 2” or R2). An R2 is the area adjacent to a cruise ship designated for the loading or unloading of cargo and ships’ stores. To apply for a TSC, individuals must first have a valid Port Pass. While there have been occasions when a driver arriving at the cruise ship terminal with a Port Pass but without a TSC/FAST Card has been allowed access under escort, drivers or other workers should not bank on this service being available. Follow the links for more information about obtaining a Port Pass and Marine Transportation Security Clearance from BCTA’s website: Port Pass Information: portpass.php; Marine Transportation Security Clearance Information: http:// Manitoba Announces Changes to Economic Regulatory Rules In October of 2009, the Council of Deputy Ministers Responsible for Transportation & Highway Safety The Road Explorer Ontario Government Announces Proposed Changes to Over Age 65 CDL Renewal Process OMCA and OSBA, along with the Ontario Trucking Association and the Private Motor Truck Council, asked MTO to review the existing burdensome commercial driver licence renewal process for drivers 65 and over. The Ontario government has announced its intent to make the renewal process less onerous for drivers 65 years of age and older. MTO announced that as early as January 2013, drivers aged 65-79 holding Licence Class A, B, C, E or F will no longer have to take an annual road test and written test. A written test will only be required every five years. However, if the driver accumulates three demerit points or has one “at-fault” collision (regardless of the type of vehicle driven), the driver will be required to pass a written test and road test. Drivers aged 80 and over holding Licence Class A, B, C, E or F will be required to pass a written test and road test annually. There is no change to the medical requirements; drivers will still be required to pass a medical annually from age 65 onward. OMCA is very pleased with the proposal as it uses a “performance based” approach which is more fair and equitable than the current age-alone approach. We believe it addresses our industry’s concerns without any compromise to road safety. 8 Summer 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2012

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Canadian Travel to the U.S. Continues to Grow
Electronic On board Computers
Capital Gains
Making the Grade in Kingston,Ontario
200 Years of Joie-de-vivre
Buyers' Guide
List of Advertisers

The Road Explorer - Summer 2012