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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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ATA makes opposition to HOS challenge official

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) began its dismissal of a challenge to current hours of service (HOS) regulations by trying to clear up any perceived myths, but yesterday the group filed an official motion.

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Expected Cost of New Hours of Service Regs: $95-376M

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – Despite the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) saying the new hours-of-service (HOS) regulations will create great benefits for the industry, a new study says otherwise.

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FMCSA Proposes Rule for Electronic Driver Logs

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a regulatory proposal requiring interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices in their vehicles to improve compliance with the driver hours of service standards.

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BREAKING NEWS: US HOS rules to stay in place at least until December 27: CTA

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — The U.S. Court of Appeals has granted a 90-day a stay of its order to set aside the 11-hour driving rule and the 34-hour restart provision.

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Rosy outlook for Canadian black box mandate

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — Electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) are viewed by some as an intrusion of privacy, but a necessary safety device by others. The government is in the latter group and is pushing for an industry mandate.

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‘Quick Strike’ Pummels Unsafe Buses

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is closing down companies left, right and center for the last three weeks thanks to its new “quick strike” safety inspectors.