State Patrol Offers FMCSA Town Meetings to Nebraska Truckers

Nebraska's Truck Safety and Hazardous Material Regulations will be reviewed, along with the newly changed federal hours of service regulations.

The Nebraska State Patrol's Carrier Enforcement Division will host town meetings in several cities beginning Feb. 21 to update commercial vehicle drivers on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program -- covering everything from the cell phone ban to medical certification.

"Even if you've attended in the past, we would encourage you to attend one of the six meetings scheduled for 2012," said Capt. Gerry Krolikowski, the division's commander. "There have been several updates that should be of interest to all drivers and operators of a commercial motor vehicle, including a ban on cell phones and texting."

The meetings will provide information about the new law requiring holders of a Commercial Driver's License to give the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicle a current copy of their medical examiner's certificate. Nebraska's Truck Safety and Hazardous Material Regulations will be reviewed, along with the newly changed federal hours of service regulations.

The division also has added a new brake board display featuring the working components of a truck tractor semi-trailer air brake system. It says the meetings should be attended by anyone who operates:

  • A pickup pulling a trailer (over 10,000 pounds combined weight or gross combined weight rating
  • A pickup or truck weighting over 10,000 pounds or gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds
  • A pickup, trailer, truck, or semi requiring a class A, B or C CDL
  • Any motor vehicle transporting hazardous material of any quantity
  • Any farm truck displaying farm plates and registered for more than 16 tons
  • Any passenger-carrying vehicle designed or used to transport eight or more passengers, including the driver, for compensation
  • Any passenger-carrying vehicle designed or used to transport 15 passengers, including the driver, and not used to transport passengers for compensation.

The first town meeting will take place in South Sioux City on Feb. 21. The series wraps up March 7 in North Platte. For more information or if interested in holding a town meeting, contact the NSP Carrier Enforcement Division at 402-471-0105.

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