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U.S. Wraps Study on Trucker Hours-of-Service

October 2, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal trucking officials in the U.S. have completed a study of the restart provisions in the country’s hours of service rules for truck drivers and they may have a tough time getting regulations back to the way they used to be.

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FMCSA Grants HOS Exemption to Certain Haz-Mat Loads

August 25, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last week announced its decision to grant motor carriers transporting security-sensitive hazardous materials requiring a security plan an exemption from the county’s hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that prohibit truckers from driving more than eight consecutive hours since the driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of 30 minutes or more.

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U.S. Proposes Changes to Major Truck Safety Program

July 2, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Changes are in the works in the U.S. when it comes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) key truck safety program. The agency announced on Monday it is proposing enhancements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, including changing some intervention thresholds to better reflect crash risk.”These enhancements to SMS allow us to sharpen our focus on carriers with high crash rates, more effectively identify driver safety problems and hazardous materials carriers with serious safety problems, and more accurately account for carriers that are driving on our roads the most,” the agency said on its website.

These proposed changes are based on results from the agency testing and input from industry, enforcement, and other safety stakeholders.

The proposed SMS enhancements include:

Changing some of the SMS Intervention Thresholds to better reflect the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories’ (BASICs) correlation to crash risk.

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FMCSA’s CSA Program Goes Under Review

May 7, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An audit was launched this week of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) key safety program by the investigative arm of the U.S. Transportation Department.

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Who’s at fault? FMCSA and ATA differ on crash report

January 22, 2015 by Allan Janssen

FMCSA Study: Costs of crash accountability outweigh benefits. ATA begs to differ.

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FMCSA sets aside $30 million for data collection

January 12, 2015 by Allan Janssen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – States can apply for funding for CVISN, PRISM programs in an effort to improve data collection and dissemination.

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34-hour restart rule suspension in Senate hands

December 15, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Truckers interested in whether or not the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s 34-hour restart rule will be suspended have turned their eyes to the U.S. Senate after the House passed the funding bill.

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CSA System Works, Statistics Show

December 8, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

PORTLAND, OR – Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) works. Stats show a 17-percent drop in violations since 2010, from about 600,000 violations per month to under 500,00.

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Trucker Jailed After Crash, Ran Business From Hoosegow

November 17, 2014 by Peter Carter

MACON, GEORGIA– A trucking company owner has been handed a year’s probation for conspiracy to violate an out-of-service order.

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Livestock Haulers Granted 90-Day Break Waiver for Animal Health

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s no secret that being in a hot vehicle in the middle of summer is more than unpleasant, but just imagine how hot it must be for animals packed together in the swine-tering heat.

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U.S. Senate Votes to Possibly Suspend Restart Rule

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-9 in favor of suspending the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the rule’s impact.

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Study: CSA Data Does Not Predict Crash Performance

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

SMS data for carrier selection will unduly favor some and penalize others, and should be avoided, says study.

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FMCSA introduces new medical rules

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a final rule changing how driver medical qualifications are handled, tying them to the commercial driver’s license.

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Sleeping With the Enemy

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The Americans are eyeing a mandatory sleep apnea testing rule. But the legal implications could throw you in the game way before that.

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FMCSA to Study Wireless Roadside Inspections, Split Sleep

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – Imagine a time when safety regulators can automatically gather the information they need about trucks, drivers and carriers without ever stopping a single vehicle.