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Demo allows challenges to U.S. crash findings

July 31, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) launches a demonstration project on August 1 that will allow carriers to dispute crash findings applied to collision since June 1.

If those crashes are found to be “not preventable”, individual Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores could improve.

The program emerges following a study on crash causes, released earlier in July.

The agency will use its DataQs national data correction system to accept Requests for Data Reviews (RDRs) to “evaluate the preventability of certain categories of crashes”.

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ELD file checker is now online

July 17, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — One of the barriers to the quick adoption of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) has been the question of how – or when – users can be certain that the mandated devices will be able to electronically transfer data files of Records Of Duty Status for law enforcement officials who use portable computers.

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U.S. Safety Measurement System data flawed: report

June 27, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is calling on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to replace the Safety Measurement System (SMS) – used to determine which carriers are at a high risk of future crashes.

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Listening session will focus on automated trucks

April 13, 2017 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be holding a public listening session to provide information on issues regarding to the design, development, testing and deployment of highly automated commercial vehicles. Those […]

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Study finds little difference in restart models

March 11, 2017 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New research finds little difference between the performance of drivers who take one- or two-night retarts in Hours of Service, but still finds some extra benefit to a 34-hour restart.

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U.S. moves closer to speed limiters

December 28, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

Speed limiters are the law in Ontario and Quebec, and the U.S. is now looking at using the technology to set top speeds anywhere from 95 to 110 kilometers per hour.

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UPDATED: PIT Group to measure, certify ELD compliance

October 31, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ATLANTA, GA – Montreal-based PIT Group says it plans to offer independent compliance testing of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as fleets prepare to meet the new U.S. mandate for the devices by December 2017.

PIT Group director Yves Provencher says his organization will follow the latest version of the ELD Test Plan and Procedures issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

“In advance of the ELD mandate in the U.S., a growing number of suppliers are self-certifying ELDs,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “But suppliers that come to us for ELD verification will differentiate themselves in the market because our testing is thorough and unbiased, and it will cover the most up-to-date requirements in the ELD rule.”

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FMCSA issues Samsung Galaxy Note7 warning

October 25, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – While carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone aboard a commercial vehicle has not been banned, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is recommending that anyone carrying the phone in their cab take precautions.

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FMCSA to allow windshield mounted tech safety devices

September 22, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made a regulatory allowance for drivers to mount technical devices on the interior of a truck’s windshield.

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FMCSA helps public share road with commercial vehicles

August 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – “Our Roads, Our Responsibility” is the name of a new U.S. safety campaign designed to raise public awareness about operating safely around large trucks, buses, or other commercial vehicles.

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Unified Registration System rollout delayed three months

July 21, 2016 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is delaying the rollout of a simplified online registration system until January 14, 2017, adding three months to an original September 30 deadline.

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FMCSA to study how to determine crash fault

July 8, 2016 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. regulators are preparing a two-year demonstration program that will help determine which “less complex” crashes should be considered preventable for the purpose of a carrier’s safety rating.

It’s the latest step in an overhaul of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, which scores violations under Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvements Categories (BASICS) including a “crash indicator”.

Carriers have for some time been asking how to remove scores for crashes that they don’t believe are their fault, Joe DeLorenzo

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US bans Ontario driver after four-day run of violations

March 31, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – An Ontario driver has lost his U.S. driving privileges after he was ordered out of service four times in March, then secretly stole his truck back from a facility where it had been towed.

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U.S. Roadside Inspections Saved 7,000 lives since 2001

March 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – Commercial vehicle roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs have saved more than 7,000 lives since 2001, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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U.S. Truck Safety Regulators Abandon Earlier Proposals

December 30, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have required a commercial motor vehicle to display a label attesting that it was compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) when it was manufactured while the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has withdrawn a plan that would have amended haz-mat regulations on the transportation of flammable liquid material in unprotected external product piping, known commonly as wetlines, on tanker trucks.