Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
October 13, 2020
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Henderson Heavy Haul


Heavy Hauler Goes Big

Henderson Heavy Haul has to maneuver some of the largest oversized loads on the road, and without the right equipment, they would be stuck between more than just a rock and a hard place.  

Western Slope "Virtual" Chapter Meeting

Wed. October 14th ~ 8:30-9:30am

CMCA Update - Greg Fulton, President
Driver Safety** - Trent Brewer, CHST /  Safety Consultant, Pinnacol Assurance
Regulatory Updates


**Driver Safety (this training will count for 1 safety group training credit)


Most people have been driving for such a long time that they neglect to look out for situations that can get them into real trouble. This course will provide insight into identifying and anticipating hazards encountered when driving. It offers new ideas that will protect you and others while on the road.


Topics include: 

  • Increasing awareness of safe driving behaviors
  • Insights into identifying and anticipating road hazards

This meeting will be held via ZOOM.  There is No Charge, but Advance Registration is REQUIRED.

Click here to register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

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Three Months Left to Meet Clearinghouse Annual Query Requirements

If an employer has not yet conducted queries in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse on any CDL drivers they currently employ, time is running out. The deadline to meet the annual query requirement (per § 382.701) is January 5, 2021.

This annual query requirement is tracked on a rolling 12-month basis. For instance, if an employer conducts a query of a CDL driver on October 9, 2020, the employer will not need to query that driver again until October 9, 2021.

Employers must purchase a query plan to ensure they, and their designated consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs), can conduct queries on prospective and current drivers. Learn more about query plans.

Be sure to register for the Clearinghouse and conduct your annual queries today. To learn more, download the queries and consent requests factsheet.

Upcoming In-Person Training -
LAST CHANCE this year:

October 29 - Surviving DOT Audits (8am-Noon)
November 11
- Annual Vehicle Inspection /Appendix G (8am-Noon)

November 12 - Drug/Alcohol Policies & Procedures (8am-Noon)

November 12 - Drug/Acohol Reasonable Suspicion (1pm-4pm)

November 14 - Brake Certification (9am-Noon)

November 17 - DOT Safety & Compliance Essentials (8am-4:30pm)

REGISTER NOW (space is limited)


FMCSA Grants NTTC's Rear Brake-Activated Light

Exemption to the Tank Truck Industry

In September 2019, NTTC petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to expand a safety focused exemption it had previously granted to NTTC Carrier Member Groendyke Transportation to the rest of the tank truck industry. The exemption allows tank truck carriers to mount brake-activated pulsing lights on the rear of its trailers to improve visibility, reducing rear-end collisions. The complete Rear Brake-Activated Light Exemption can be found here.


This exemption is a simple, common sense way to reduce accidents in our industry. When Groendyke installed these lights on their trailers and petitioned FMCSA, all rear-end collisions dropped by 33.7%.

With the exemption expanded, this simple and highly effective safety practice is available to the entire tank truck industry with the full approval of FMCSA. For that, NTTC extends its thanks to Deputy Administrator Deck and the rest of FMCSA for its consideration of and action on this issue.

A New Kind of Flu Season

Remember all the talk of “flattening the curve” last spring? People stayed home to slow the spread of COVID-19, and in Colorado the preventive measures seemed to work.

Now Colorado businesses can help keep that curve flattened, this time by encouraging their employees to get a flu shot. The vaccine protects people against developing the flu, which is particularly important this year as COVID-19 and flu season intersect for the first time.  Read More...

Is Your Team Up to Date on the Latest Safety, Security & HR Issues?



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