May 9, 2022
In Brief
In this edition of the Monday Morning Messenger, TPGA wants to make you aware of a nationwide increased roadside enforcement event. Read more about it in our first story of the morning.

On a somewhat similar note, TPGA previously reported how FMCSA was repealing the requirement for commercial drivers to report their violations to their employers annually. TPGA has additional information for you in our second story of the morning.

Additionally, don't miss the May issue of the Texas Propane magazine. Read it online now for several propane ag updates and important Crossroads updates. Don't wait on the print edition when you can read the magazine now with just one click.

Lastly, have you gotten your hotel for Crossroads yet? Read more about our convention host hotel and why you should book your rooms now.
Don't forget to check out our Quick Links section for reminders and access to resources, including our scholarship application, whose deadline is next Monday, our TPGA compliance store, the critical annual propane sales survey that is due at the end of the month, and ProCOT's 2022 Propane Appliance Rebate Program.
In this issue

  • In Brief
  • Roadside Enforcement Event Next Week
  • Driver Annual Reporting Required
  • May Magazine
  • Crossroads Hotel Reservations
  • Quick Links
Increased Roadside Enforcement
May 17-19, 2022
Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative organized by the Commercial Safety Vehicle Alliance in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Commercial motor vehicle inspectors will conduct North American Standard Inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh and inspection stations, through roving patrols, and temporary inspection sites on May 17-19, 2022. For 2022, there will be an emphasis on wheel ends.

Roadcheck is not just limited to 16 to 18 wheelers and passenger-carrying motorcoaches but all commercial motor vehicles may be subject to inspection including placarded bobtails.

During International Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspectors examine commercial motor vehicles and the driver’s documentation and credentials using CVSA’s North American Standard Inspection Program procedures, uniform inspection steps, processes, and standards established to ensure consistency in compliance inspections and enforcement. Using the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, also established by CVSA, inspectors identify critical out-of-service violations that, if found, require the inspector to restrict the driver or vehicle from travel until those violations or conditions are addressed.

Vehicles that successfully pass a North American Standard Level I or V Inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations may receive a CVSA decal. In general, a vehicle with a valid CVSA decal will not be re-inspected during the three months while the decal is valid.
Driver Annual Violation Reporting Regulation Update
In an effort to remove regulatory redundancies, FMCSA adopted rules that go into effect today, that eliminate 49 CFR 391.27 (Record of violations) which had required interstate drivers to annually report their traffic and parking violations to their employers.

However, FMCSA still retains the requirement in § 391.25(a) (Annual inquiry and review of driving record) for an annual MVR inquiry, in which each employer of commercial drivers must make an annual inquiry to obtain the MVR for each driver it employs from every State in which the driver holds CDL of CLP. The motor carrier must review the MVR obtained and maintain a copy of it in the driver's qualification file.

FMCSA also amends § 391.23 (Investigation and inquiries) to require a motor carrier to make an inquiry to each driver's licensing authority where the driver holds or has held a motor vehicle operator's license or permit during the preceding 3 years to obtain the driver's MVR when a motor carrier is hiring a driver.
Texas Department of Public Safety adopts the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and corresponding amendments at least once a year to reflect and harmonize changes made at the federal level. Once Texas adopts those revisions, these changes will also apply to intrastate drivers as well.

TPGA will update members when these changes go into effect for intrastate drivers.
Inside Look at the May Magazine
In this Issue
  • Propane Farm Incentives
  • Propane Ag News
  • Driving in the Rain Safety Meeting for Your Drivers
  • Everything Crossroads
  • Regulatory Training Details
  • Propane Regulatory Pavilion Participant Updates
  • What to Do in San Antonio
The print version will be mailed this week.
Book Your Room Now
Before Hotel Sells Out
Are you coming to the Crossroads Propane Expo & Conference?

Our host hotel will be the
Grand Hyatt Hotel
600 East Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Rooms in our block are expected to SELL OUT before the May 26, 2022, hotel reservation deadline.

We recommend booking your rooms now.
The Grand Hyatt is connected to the Convention Center and is located on the River Walk in the heart of downtown San Antonio.

The pet-friendly hotel with a rooftop pool is within walking distance of top restaurants, museums, and must-visit sites. 
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