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A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
November 8, 2022
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Pre-employment Investigations for Drug and Alcohol Program Violations  
Beginning January 6, 2023, a pre-employment Clearinghouse query will satisfy the requirement to investigate a prospective driver's previous drug and alcohol program violations, as set forth in 49 CFR 391.23(e)(4) and 382.413(b). 

Employers of CDL drivers are required to conduct background investigations before hiring a driver. This process includes determining if the driver has violated the drug and alcohol regulations of any Department of Transportation (DOT) mode within the past three years (see 49 CFR 391.23(e) (1)-(3) and 382.413(a)). Currently, this requires employers or their designated consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) to conduct both electronic queries in the Clearinghouse and manual inquiries with previous employers to meet the three-year time frame.


Beginning January 6, 2023, when three years of violation data is stored in the Clearinghouse, prospective employers must conduct a pre-employment query of the Clearinghouse, as set forth in § 382.701(a), to comply with the inquiry requirement in §§ 382.413(b) and 391.23(e)(4), as it pertains to FMCSA-regulated employers. Inquiries not conducted under § 382.701(a) will not satisfy these inquiry requirements.

Town of Vail implements new loading and delivery regulations:


As of October 1, 2022 The Town of Vail has adopted new loading and delivery regulations for Vail Village and Lionshead.


All delivery companies that serve businesses in Vail Village and Lionshead, with few exceptions, are required to obtain a loading dock permit. Delivery access via the loading docks at Arrabelle, Four Seasons, Mountain Plaza, One Willow, Sebastian and Solaris will not be allowed without a dock permit. Permit fees are calculated annually beginning in October and are prorated on a monthly basis. The tiered fee system is based on several factors such as number of delivery days per week, number of delivery locations in Lionshead and Vail Village, time needed at the dock for delivery, and the size of the truck. This ensures the dock permit fees are representative of the business.


Click Here for the Town of Vail website, where you can download the permits and additional contact information for questions.

The snow is flying in Colorado – Be prepared!

Chain up Training


Live hands-on demonstration with Colorado’s traction experts McGee Company. Join us in learning about the Colorado CMV Chain law and the various approved traction products. Handouts will be provided on Colorado Chain Law.


Register today for the FREE training.

All training will take place at a Travel Centers of America - see below for times and locations

1:00pm – 2:00pm and 2:30pm – 3:30pm each day

  • Friday, December 2, 2022 - 12151 West 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
  • Friday, December 9, 2022 - 5101 Quebec Street, Commerce City, CO 80022
  • Friday, December 16, 2022 - 2200 Ninth Street, Limon, CO 80828

This is free training for all drivers and companies, just let us know how many will be attending and which time and location.  For questions or to sign up contact

Join us for the Foundation Holiday Party


The Foundation Board invites you to join them at their Holiday Party on Thursday, December 1st.

As in the past, we will hold a Silent Auction to benefit the Foundation’s scholarship, safety and image programs.  New this year is an “Ugly Sweater Contest”! 

Tickets are $45/person or $80/couple.  Tickets include wine & beer tasting, buffet dinner and silent auction.  Entry into the Ugly Sweater Contest is an additional $20.


We will once again be auctioning off wonderful items – headlining the auction is a Hockey Stick signed by Avalanche’s own Miko Rantanen, donated by KeyBank


We are still building our auction and need additional items so if you would like to donate something please reach out to Patti at


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The Colorado  Motor Carriers Foundation is a 501c3, non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible up to the limit of IRS codes.

Company Retirement Plans Required 1/1/2023


CMCA is reminding our members of an upcoming state mandate related to Colorado business owners.

Colorado businesses are required to offer the retirement plan to their employees if they:

  • Have been in business for two or more years
  • Have five or more employees
  • Do not already offer a retirement savings plan for employees

All Colorado business owners will need to register when the program launches in early 2023. If you don’t meet those requirements, you can file an exemption when you register. If you meet that criteria, you will need to enroll in the program in order to allow your employees to participate in the retirement savings program. Failure to register is expected to bring penalties from the state. You can register here:  For more information, please see


Please note, CMCA has partnered with TAG Resources & Ameriprise Financial to provide a 401k retirement savings program for our members.  This program is unique in that it takes the substantial fiduciary responsibility away from our members.  If you would like to evaluate that option as an alternative to the state offered plan, please reach out to Kristen Wenaas with Ameriprise Financial at 303-407-1250 or We have negotiated a solid offering with fiduciary services and competitive pricing on behalf of our members and we highly encourage you to evaluate the plan.

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Integrate PrePass Weigh Station Bypass with Your Trucking Technology


Motor carriers and truck drivers perform in an extraordinarily complex environment. Fortunately, trucking telematics and navigation providers have onboard platforms to ease this complexity. Weigh station bypass also helps, allowing safe, qualified motor carriers to drive past the scales and inspection facilities, saving significant time, fuel, and money.


However, the more devices and screens a truck driver must keep an eye on, the less time those same eyes are watching the road ahead. That’s why PrePass partners with leading telematics and navigation service providers to integrate the PrePass weigh station bypass application into one device.


Now trucking companies who choose these solutions from Garmin, Geotab, Omnitracs, Pedigree Technologies, and others can also receive PrePass on-screen notifications of upcoming weigh stations and bypass decisions. One device, one screen.


Learn more about integrating PrePass with your trucking technology by visiting

Periodic traffic stops planned this week for rockfall maintenance work on WB I-70 at Georgetown


Clear Creek County ― Traffic holds are planned for rock scaling operations on westbound I-70 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday, November 8 - 10.  Westbound travel will be impacted during these times with intermittent traffic stops and delays.  Westbound motorists can avoid delays by planning their trips before and after the traffic holds.  No impacts to eastbound travel planned at this time. This work may be adjusted to maintain a safe working environment in changing weather conditions.
Upcoming Events for CMCA:
Nov 10 - Annual DOT Inspection Seminar (8am-Noon)
Nov 16 - Board of Directors ZOOM Meeting (10-11am)
Nov 24&25 - Office Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 6 - Drug/Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion (1pm-4pm)
Dec 14 - Hours of Service Compliance Seminar (8am-Noon)
Dec 26-30 - Office Closed for the Holidays
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