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Restart rollback will hold if issues prevail

The political “clout” of the American Trucking Associations gets a test this week, or so a prominent highway safety lobbyist frames it, saying “this is a major moment to stop the trucking industry.” But the DOT budget vote in the Senate should be about issues, ...

FMCSA e-log study ‘flawed’ by big-fleet bias, faulty data, OOIDA says

A newly released study claiming “a clear safety benefit” to electronic logs lacks the relevant data to demonstrate that such devices would reduce truck crashes, according to a review by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. The study, published May 12 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...

Drivers, enforcement still unsure on CSA, report shows

The new numbers are in and commercial truck drivers continue to doubt the effectiveness of Compliance, Safety, Accountability and often misunderstand how it works – while enforcement personnel likewise “performed poorly” when quizzed on the basics of the BASICs. According to the latest look by the ...

Probability ‘very high’ FMCSA’s agenda will lead to capacity crisis, economist says

The third-quarter uptick in GDP and stable fuel prices are “good news” stories for trucking, an industry economist says – but an aggressive regulatory agenda will continue to impact profitability more than modest economic gains. Indeed, recent economic stability has also made for unprecedented stability in ...

NTSB questions FMCSA’s oversight of motor carriers, calls for audit of agency

In light of four deadly crashes that it has investigated within the past year, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration be audited on its oversight capabilities of motor carriers and ...

Improved usability or lipstick on a pig? FMCSA explains website changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is redesigning its portal to trucking company safety data, and wants carrier input before the changes go live next spring. So whether you’re a fan of the Compliance Safety Accountability program and posting SMS data on the internet, or ...

Are harmful HOS changes a sign of things to come?

In just three short months, the latest changes to the hours-of-service rule demonstrate all too clearly that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration understands neither the industry it regulates nor trucking's important place in American life. What happened? Was there a breakdown in the rulemaking ...

CSA: Time to cover up the drawing board

We’re coming up on the third anniversary of CSA 2010, yet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration still insists on publishing carrier scores that have little to do with crash risk. Many in trucking want to know why the government would mislead the public on ...

DOT posts 2014-2018 plan, seeks comment

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking at the big picture, and is asking the public for their thoughts on making transportation more efficient and safer. “We also want to ensure that all of our stakeholders have an opportunity to read the plan and weigh in. ...

Assumptions wrong on HOS changes, driver phone use?

Recent studies suggest that the conventional wisdom could be wrong about a couple of items that are very important to trucking: the impact of changes to the hours-of-service rules and the risks of using a cell phone while driving. Regarding the former, Asvin Goel, professor of ...

FMCSA wins both lawsuits brought against cross-border trucking program

The cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico will continue, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has won both of the cases against the program. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled July 26 in favor of the agency and against ...

FMCSA revokes authority for three household goods moving companies

After months-long investigations into three Chicago-area moving companies, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced it has revoked authority for White Glove Relocation Services, Able Moving and Best Price Moving & Storage for safety violations and for holding loads hostage. White Glove Relocation, based in Aurora, Ill., ...

Cross-border trucking pilot program heads back to court

Though a federal court ruled just three weeks ago in favor of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and its cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico, a different panel of judges heard separate oral arguments May 6 against both the cross-border program and the National ...

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 ...

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 ...

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