It is the policy of Northfield Lines, Inc. to provide the safest environment possible for all who travel on any of our coaches. Northfield Lines, Inc. is audited for safety by the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the International Motor Carrier Audit Commission on a regular basis. The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Northfield Lines, Inc. with the DOT's highest possible safety rating.
The International Motor Carrier Audit Commission (IMCAC) audits carriers every 6 months, giving Northfield Lines, Inc. a "Superior" (highest) Safety Rating. Along with the high safety ratings, it is the policy of Northfield Lines, Inc. to provide the best training possible to our drivers. Frequent safety meetings coupled with on-going training modules keep safety in the forefront of all our driver's minds. Our drivers participate in extensive ongoing safety training and have had MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension background checks and are subject to drug and alcohol testing. Each driver is required to perform a skills analysis by the safety department on a yearly basis. Potential problems are identified early and corrected in a controlled environment to provide the best trained drivers in the industry.
Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicles. It introduces a new enforcement and compliance model that allows FMCSA and its State Partners to contact a larger number of carriers earlier in order to address safety problems before crashes occur. Rolled out in December 2010, the program establishes a new nationwide system for making the roads safer for motor carriers and the public alike!
View our CSA Rating by clicking HERE.
-Craig Osborne, Safety Manager
HAND-HELD CELL PHONE USE BY MOTORCOACH DRIVER LAW
In December 2011, a final ruling was made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding cell phone use by commercial truckers. Those who operate commercial trucks and buses will no longer be permitted to use any hand-held cell phones while navigating their vehicles on the nation’s roadways.
The new law will take effect January 3, 2012, one month after the official statement and paperwork was passed by the FMCSA. No driver will be allowed to hold a cell phone in their hand while driving with the other, and, if they break the rule, they can face disciplinary actions. Offenses will count as traffic violations and several accrued infractions can lead to a commercial driving license being revoked.
Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. States will suspend a driver’s commercial driver’s license after two or more serious traffic violations. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000. This ban follows the September 2010 ban regarding texting while operating a commercial truck or bus.
NORTHFIELD LINES, INC. HOURS OF SERVICE OF DRIVERS POLICY
In accordance with the Minnesota and Federal Department of Transportation regulations, Northfield Lines motor and mini coach drivers are not permitted to drive over 10 hours or be on duty for over 15 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty.
In the case of adverse weather conditions* for which a driver cannot, because of the said conditions, safely complete the run within the maximum drive time permitted, he/she may drive for an additional 2 hours in order to complete the run or to reach a place offering safety for the occupants of the vehicle.
If the driver is forced to lay over due to adverse weather conditions, the group may decide to lay over as well, or Northfield Lines will provide an alternate driver for the group.
For more information please visit the MN DOT at:
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Motor Carrier Services
Mail Stop 420
1110 Centre Pointe Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
*Adverse driving conditions means snow, sleet, fog, other adverse weather conditions, a highway covered with snow or ice, or unusual road and traffic conditions, none of which were apparent on the basis of information known to the person dispatching the run at the time it was begun.