Overdrive Staff | March 01, 2010

The winners are: Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Man.; Boyd Bros. Transportation, Clayton, Ala.; Brian Kurtz Trucking, Breslau, Ont.; CalArk Trucking, Mabelvale, Ark.; Central Hauling, Mabelvale, Ark.; Coastline Transport, Fowler, Calif.; Con-way Truckload, Joplin, Mo.; Dart Transit, Eagan, Minn.; Don Hummer Trucking, Oxford, Iowa; Kennesaw Transportation, Rydal, Ga.; Laidlaw Carriers Van, Guelph, Ont.; MacKinnon Transport, Guelph, Ont.; Melton Truck Lines, Tulsa, Okla.; MSM Transportation, Bolton, Ont.; Schneider National, Green Bay, Wis.; Shulist Trucking, Maple, Ont.; and Yanke Group of Companies, Saskatoon, Sask.

— Staff reports

DOT proposes drug test changes

The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed amending provisions of its urine drug testing procedures, included testing for lower amounts of amphetamines and cocaine.

Some proposals will apply to collectors and medical review officers and are meant to create consistency with new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS has estimated there might be 10 percent more users of amphetamine and cocaine identified using the lowered cutoffs.

The proposal would allow DOT employers to choose between a full service laboratory and instrumented initial test facilities.

The notice of proposed rulemaking makes changes to some confirmatory and initial drug tests. The confirmatory drug test is a second analytical procedure performed on a different portion of the sample. An initial drug test differentiates a negative specimen from one requiring further testing.

— Jill Dunn

CVSA to release out-of-service guide

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will release the 2010 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria April 1. The annually published guide provides law enforcement and the motor carrier industry with guidelines for promoting uniformity in compliance and enforcement throughout North America.

The CVSA has maintained, updated and published the guide for more than 20 years. The Out-of-Service Criteria guidelines are used by state, provincial, territorial and federal law enforcement personnel in identifying Critical Vehicle Inspection Item violations following a roadside inspection. Officials are trained to identify hazards, and they can prohibit a motor carrier or operator from driving until the defective condition is corrected. The OOSC is a component of the North American Standard Inspection Program, and is developed through a collaborative process that includes government and industry experts.

For more information on the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, visit www.CVSA.ort.

— Staff reports

CRST awarded fees in suit

In a Feb. 9 decision, a federal judge ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pay CRST Van Expedited Inc. more than $4.5 million of attorney fees, costs and expenses in an alleged EEOC Title VII sexual harassment case.

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