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May 30, 2012

In this issue:


2012 IRP Annual Meeting Highlights

The 2012 IRP Annual Meeting, held on May 16-18 in New Orleans, LA, was a success! There were 164 attendees present, representing 54 jurisdictions.

Some highlights include:

  • Two proposed ballots on Plan changes were presented and discussed.
  • Changes to the Bylaws were approved. These will be effective Oct. 1, 2012.
  • The Dispute Resolution, Peer Review, International, and Education Committees met.
  • Active discussions took place in the roundtables and breakout sessions.
  • Donations of items and money were received for the Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge.

Handouts and session materials are available for all online.

IRP, Inc. would like to thank the Education Committee and all attendees for their involvement in the meeting. Please be sure to provide your feedback via the online evaluation form to help guide the planning teams for future years’ meetings.


Jerri Hunter and Deb Hill Honored with IRP  Awards

Each year at the IRP Annual Meeting, IRP honors outstanding leaders and volunteers with two awards to recognize the exceptional work done by those in the IRP community.

At this year’s meeting, Jerri Hunter from the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Motor Vehicles was awarded with the Richard L. Reeves Leadership Award for her many years of service and dedication to the IRP community. Jerri has served in various capacities over the years including: serving as chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee; a member of the Compliance Audit Working Group, the International Committee, the Peer Review Committee, the Plan Review Task Force, the Plan Re-write Working Group; and many other efforts over the years. For her service as a wonderful volunteer for IRP, Jerri has proved very deserving of this award.

Debra Hill from the California Division of Motor Vehicles was presented with the 2012 Michael D. "Mick” Ramirez IRP Volunteer of the Year Award. Deb is chair of the Education Committee, which has been responsible for creating both the IRP Education Fundamentals and the IRP Advanced Plan Administration Certificates. Deb’s nomination indicated that she "is a very effective leader” who is able to coax out the talents in committee members, allowing them to be included and eager to contribute. Her work has had an impact on more than 300 IRP community members in both jurisdictions and industry who have an IRP certificate.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

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Information Technology and Data Service Committee

The Clearinghouse Committee name and charter have been changed to focus the committee on all data and related technology used to bring information to the IRP jurisdictions, affiliates and consumers. Subcommittees will address Clearinghouse, IRP website and other data source enhancements. These subcommittees will focus efforts on analyzing issues, suggested enhancements and recommending changes to the committee. The committee, in turn, will evaluate, prioritize and recommend actions to the Board of Directors.

The new committee will focus very specifically on supporting the existing IRP committees and jurisdictions with data and access methods that are necessary for the mission. Information about the committee, including the charter and roster, is available online.

Electronic Audit Exchange Subcommittee seeking volunteers: A subcommittee to evaluate the Electronic Audit Exchange requirements and propose a solution has been established (see description) and is seeking volunteers, preferably with auditing or IT backgrounds. To volunteer, contact Deb Andrew or Portia Manley.

Jurisdictions may submit enhancement recommendations to the committee using the Information Technology and Data Services Enhancement Request form.


New Openings with Peer Review Committee

IRP, Inc. is seeking to fill two new committee openings with the Peer Review Committee:

  • At large (US)
  • At large (Canadian)

These new positions are a result of the recent change of the Peer Review Committee charter. The deadline for committee volunteer forms for these new openings is June 8, 2012. The volunteer commitment starts immediately and ends Dec. 31, 2014, with the option of an additional two-year term.

Visit the Call for IRP Committee Volunteers page for more information and volunteers forms.

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2012 IRP Fee Test Results

Final updates have been made to the 2012 IRP Annual Fee Test results.

Visit the Annual Fee Test page to view final results and fee test guidelines and rules, which outline how jurisdictions calculated their fees. Please contact Ken Carey with any questions.


Student Winners of FMCSA’s "Be Ready. Be Buckled” Poster Contest Congratulated in Washington, DC

May 7 marked the end of a successful 2012 "Be Ready. Be Buckled” student poster contest. The contest, sponsored by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which includes the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and over 20 other government agencies and organizations committed to commercial truck and bus safety, including IRP, Inc., asked students to stress the importance of commercial truck drivers using their safety belts through art.

The artwork of the two grand prize winners and ten honorable mention winners will be featured in a 2013 Annual Safety Belt Planner. For more information, visit the FMCSA website.

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CVSA's Roadcheck 2012 Planned for June 5-7

Mark your June calendars, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Roadcheck 2012 is less than a month away. The annual inspection event – the CVSA’s 72-hour safety blitz – is scheduled for June 5-7.

CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately an average of 14 trucks or buses being inspected every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period.

Since its inception in 1988, the roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered more than 1 million. Learn more about the program at www.cvsa.org.

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