Hot Sheet
A Weekly Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
March 14, 2023
CARRYING CHAINS ON I-70: CMV's  driving on I-70 between
mileposts 133 (Dotsero) and 259 (C-470) from Sept. 1–May 31 must carry sufficient
chains at all times to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law. 
Please remind your driver to carry and use chains in any weather conditions that call for them, and where required on Colorado's roads.
In This Issue:
Join us for the Annual Safety Banquet
Act Now to Ensure that Qualified and Safe Truckdrivers are on Our Highways
International Roadcheck is May 16-18
Call for Speakers!
Take our 2023 Membership Survey
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Safety Awards Banquet


Please join us at the 2023 Safety Awards Banquet to help celebrate our top drivers, fleets and safety professionals!


This event highlights the stellar safety programs of our companies both on and off the road as well as the amazing careers of our drivers and safety professionals.  In addition to the Driver of the Month, Driver of the Year, Fleet Safety and Safety Professional Awards, we will be presenting Workplace Safety, Distinguished Service and Special Recognition Awards.


The Banquet will be held on Friday, April 14th from 6pm – 10pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver (Quebec & Martin Luther King Blvd).  If you can’t join us, but want to be a part of this celebration, sponsorships are also available.


Click here for registration and sponsorship information, or email


Act Now to Ensure that Qualified and Safe Truckdrivers are on Our Highways


We need your help NOW to ensure safe and professional truckdrivers on our highways.    


In the past week,  the Colorado House Judiciary Committee amended Senate Bill 28, concerning penalties involving the operation of a commercial vehicle.  The committee downgraded the penalty for failure to have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)  to a mere traffic infraction carrying a maximum fine of $100 with a $15 surcharge. This would make the penalty for failing to have a CDL, the same as a person driving a Toyota Prius without a license even though the truck weighs 20 times greater. It would also mean that Colorado would have the lowest penalty in the country for this offense.  


The action by the House Judiciary Committee acts to diminish the importance and value of being a professional truckdriver and places the public at risk.   It also provides a green light to bad actors and the companies that may hire them as they view this as a cost of doing business and are out on the highway the very next day without ever obtaining a CDL.  

Navigating a tractor-trailer that is over 70’ in length and weighing 80,000 pounds requires a great degree of expertise and is not something that everyone can do. Doing this job safely involves having the proper training, mindset, and skills. In Colorado, the importance of having a CDL may be greater than in almost any state in the country. 


We are asking for your assistance NOW in asking legislators to restore  SB 28 back to the form it was in the Senate with the greater penalty that is the standard across the country.


Click this link  to log in and send your message.

International Roadcheck Is May 16-18 with Emphasis on ABS and Cargo Securement

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 28, 2023) – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced May 16-18 as this year’s International Roadcheck. International Roadcheck is a high-visibility, high-volume 72-hour inspection and enforcement event where CVSA-certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh/inspection stations, designated inspection areas and along roadways.


This year, inspectors will focus on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement to highlight the importance of those aspects of vehicle safety. Although ABS violations are not out-of-service violations, ABS play a critical role in reducing the risk of collisions by preventing the wheels from locking up or skidding, allowing a driver to maintain control of the vehicle while braking. In addition, improper cargo securement poses a serious risk to drivers and other motorists by adversely affecting the vehicle’s maneuverability, or worse, causing unsecured loads to fall, resulting in traffic hazards and vehicle collisions.


During International Roadcheck, inspectors will conduct their usual roadside safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Data will be gathered from those three days and shared later this year, as a snapshot of the state of commercial motor vehicle and driver safety.


International Roadcheck also provides an opportunity to educate the motor carrier industry and general public about the importance of safe commercial motor vehicle operations and the North American Standard Inspection Program.


During a routine North American Standard Level I Inspection, inspectors focus on two areas – driver and vehicle safety compliance.

  • Vehicle safety – Inspectors will ensure the vehicle’s brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat, fuel and exhaust systems, frames, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, wheels, rims, hubs and windshield wipers are compliant with regulations. Inspections of motorcoaches, passenger vans and other passenger-carrying vehicles also include emergency exits, seating, and electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments.
  • Driver safety – Inspectors will check the driver’s operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, status in the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, seat belt usage, and for alcohol and/or drug impairment.

Vehicles that successfully pass a Level I or Level V Inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations may receive a CVSA decal, which is valid for three months. If the inspector does identify critical vehicle inspection item violations, as outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, the vehicle will be restricted from operating until the identified out-of-service conditions have been corrected. Inspectors may also restrict the driver from operating if the driver is found to have driver out-of-service violations, such as not possessing a valid or necessary operating license or exhibiting signs of impairment.


CVSA’s law enforcement member jurisdictions in cities, states, districts, provinces and territories in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. participate in International Roadcheck with support from trucking associations, transportation safety organizations and federal agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Transport Canada and Mexico’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation.


Read the News Release Here

Call for Speakers!

Do you have knowledge or a unique perspective on safety, operations, professional driver issues, or industry trends and best practices? Consider sharing it with the Safety Management Council!


The Safety Council meets monthly and this is a great opportunity you don't want to miss!  Presentations are 30-45 minutes in length and will be in-person at the CMCA offices. We welcome all topics that are educational and informative. No heavy sales pitches please.


If you are interested, email your topic / presentation idea and contact information.  We have openings for April 6, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2 and December 7.

CMCA would like your input. Please take our survey and tell us what you think! Complete the survey by 3/31 for a chance to win $25 to Starbucks. Thank you!
Upcoming Training & Events at CMCA:
Mar. 14 - Allied Meeting (11:30am-12:30pm)
Mar. 15 - Board of Directors Meeting (10am-Noon)
Mar. 23 - Annual Inspection Seminar (8am-Noon)
Apr. 5 - Designated Employer Representative (8:30am-4:30pm)
Apr.6 - Safety Management Council (Noon-1:30pm)
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