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Notice of new fitness determination rule in ‘front office,’ FMCSA safety chief says

A major revision of the way the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rates trucking companies has hit the "front office" for a final round of review by the agency’s top leadership, FMCSA Chief Safety Officer ...

More trucking, shipper groups ask Foxx to block ‘flawed’ CSA scores

Citing the industry regulator's refusal to face facts, another coalition with an interest in truck transportation has called upon Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to remove carrier safety data from public view. “From the first publication of ...

More red tape: The Great Pre-Buy of 2020? Are felons government’s answer to driver shortage?

(Editor’s note: On Thursday, Kevin got all thinked-up and had a vision of the future where trucking, specifically the truckload segment, is rapidly driven to consolidation by government meddlin’ in a wide range of carrier ...

Rating the Ferro administration: Is trucking more safe, or less?

Time, and some basic statistics, will tell how effective Anne Ferro’s stint as head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been. In her farewell interview with trade reporters Thursday, I asked specifically what measures ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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