Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Economist says new regs ‘will be game-changers’

Trucking faces the largest concentration of regulatory changes in its history beginning next year, economist Eric Starks said Wednesday. The changes include CARB trailer regulations, hours of service changes, new greenhouse gas/mpg regulations, as well as potential mandatory electronic onboard recorder and speed limiter requirements, said ...

On thin ice? 2013′s challenges to fleets

In Part 1 of our "On Thin Ice?" series, analysts and fleets discuss what they see happening in 2013 as far as the economy and freight are concerned and any roadblocks they see looming. Part 2 covers the impact regulations may have on trucking and surviving ...

All hands on deck: Carriers employ software to improve CSA scores

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability program continues to propel fleets toward technology that can improve their scores. Under CSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration deposits vehicle inspection violations into seven Behavior Analysis & Safety Improvement Categories. Each month, the violations in each BASIC are scored by Safety Management ...

Out With the Waste

Fleets ramp up technology investments to boost margins, driver relations, customer service   By Aaron Huff     Tennant Truck Lines recently moved from an overcrowded family farmhouse in Orion, Ill., to a $3 million facility in Colona, Ill. Over the next two years, the open-deck carrier plans to grow ...

Technology

Making the latest technology developments work for your fleet     Full circle TMW Systems acquired, primed for growth   By Aaron Huff   TransForum 2012, the annual user conference of TMW Systems and the trucking industry’s largest technology gathering, was different than its past six years on one account – the size ...

Tied Down

Cargo securement soon will be part of the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC. Be ready.   By Jack Roberts     A freshly-minted driver who recently had graduated from a CDL school came by to chat with his instructors and let them know how things were going. He’d just gotten hired by ...

Technology

Making the latest technology developments work for your fleet   A whole new ballgame   Fleet executives open the playbook at Qualcomm Vision conference     It’s a swing and a miss. If the rules of transportation were like baseball, you still would have two more chances at redemption. But in trucking, ...

UpFront

Righting a wrong Latest change to SMS could spell relief for flatbed haulers During the days of the Compliance Safety Accountability program’s Operation Model Test period, flatbed carriers raised their concerns over the Cargo-Related Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category. Although the category includes all carriers and ...

Technology

In and Out By switching to computer-based training, Marten Transport drivers move faster, more effectively through orientation Whether your newly hired drivers come in for orientation one at a time or by the dozen, how can you be sure any of them are paying attention? Contrary to ...

UpFront

It’s just a matter of time FMCSA heads back to the drawing board for broader EOBR mandate In August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s April 2010 electronic onboard recorder final rule that would have required EOBRs ...

CCJ Innovators

Area Transportation Chesterton, Ind.   Paying for safety Flatbed hauler uses CSA performance to modify driver behavior   Area Transportation operates 300 trucks in a 200-mile radius, primarily moving aluminum and steel coils and plates to mills in the Midwest. As a flatbed hauler operating in a region where commercial vehicle ...

Journal: From the Bar

Extending insurance coverage to shippers   Q Typically in shipper contracts, we as a carrier are asked to provide a certificate of insurance for general liability and auto liability showing the shipper as an “additional named insured” and waiving subrogation. What is the effect of this request, ...

Up in Arms: Industry stakeholders at odds with FMCSA over hours-of-service rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service final rule is the culmination of years of combative and often emotional debate among government, trucking industry and safety groups. Going back to the 2003 HOS final rule – the first major revision since 1938 –no topic ...

Journal

CVSA touts improved Operation Safe Driver results Annual campaign targets both commercial, passenger drivers   The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said the results from its 2011 Operation Safe Driver campaign show that targeting enforcement and education efforts at both passenger as well as commercial vehicle drivers is starting ...

Technology

A step further Monitoring drivers’ personal cell phones ensures total compliance   Last month the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially began enforcing its new law that restricts cell phone use for commercial drivers. But exactly how the agency will detect illegal activity and assess hefty penalties to ...