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CTA wants feds to move straight to universal EOBR mandate

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — With hints that the U.S. will move towards a broader mandate for electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) usage later this year, the Canadian Trucking Alliance figures Canada should just head there now.

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CSA Changes: Hazardous Materials, Cargo Securement

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON – Changes to CSA go into effect December 2012. These changes will deliver more precise data, FMCSA said.

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Seatbelt usage up but not enough

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

DENVER — Just 65 percent of American truck drivers buckle up, but the good news is that’s up from the last survey.

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Turning Back the Clock

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Under new orders, the DOT will backtrack on HOS. Hope that the rules can get more flexible is ‘wishful thinking.’

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Truckers push for crash determination data in CSA

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — The American Trucking Associations overwhelmingly approved of recent changes made to CSA 2010, but the truck lobby group says it still has concerns that need addressing.

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Hours-of-Service Rules Arbitrary, Capricious and Irrational: ATA

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON – The ATA, along with other interested groups, have filed a brief challenging the FMCSA’s hours-of-service rules.

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Mexico truck project data lost in translation

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the numbers are positive, an independent panel evaluating the controversial cross-border trucking demonstration program says there were not enough participants for a meaningful comparison.

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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.

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Third Request for Study on CSA Scoring System Denied

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, VA. – Failure to disclose study contradicts FMCSA’s claims of openness and transparency, says Graves.

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GPS to be used in US HOS enforcement

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rescinded a policy barring use of GPS records to verify compliance with the hours of service rules.