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April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

By Oliver Patton

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

Tags: GPS, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, ELDs

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: How Much do Your Technicians Know About Wheel Integrity?

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses wheel integrity and the importance of technicians being well-versed in the rules of fastening wheels properly.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Wheels, Wheel-offs, Technicians

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Status Quo for DOT Medical Exams is Changing

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule was published in April 2012 and effective in May 2012. A compliance date of May 21 of this year is quickly approaching. In its plainest form, it is a database of medical examiners who are certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to perform examinations of commercial vehicle drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The FMCSA, OSHA, EEOC & You

By Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety, Compliance and Accountability enforcement program is one of the major legal and regulatory issues facing trucking companies, but it’s not the only one, as a veritable alphabet soup’s worth of agencies target the industry.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, CSA, HOS, EEOC, SAFESTAT

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

The Highway Trust Fund may run out of money by this summer as discussions for funding sources continue on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

By Oliver Patton

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS, Highway Funding, OOIDA, MCSAC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Looking Back, Looking Forward

By Deborah Lockridge

As the year drew to a close, we looked back on the last 12 months, identifying the high points and low points, our challenges and triumphs, and hopefully, what we learned.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS, Healthcare Costs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

This LED lamp’s lens spreads light across 180 degrees of view, and its four diodes ensure sufficient candlepower throughout that wide angle to meet or exceed the federal regulations. The lamp is therefore “PC rated,” with the C meaning Combination clearance and sidemarker, and it can be mounted on the trailer’s side, though within 6 inches of its nose. (P, for Parking, is from an old industry classification that has been retained.)

By Tom Berg

Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED lighting. However, even LEDs, along with the rest of the electrical system, are subject to corrosion, which remains a major headache.

Tags: FMCSA, Trailers, LED Lighting, NHTSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Roads, Smart Vehicles

By Jim Beach

Intelligent highways, smart vehicles, connected transportation systems – sounds like the stuff of the future. In reality, though, many technologies currently found on our roadways reflect that future. In many cases they will be integral components of an intelligent transportation system. And the most important piece of technology might be the one most everyone now carries in their pocket, purse or backpack.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Information Technology, Telogis, vehicle to vehicle communication, ITS, Drivewyze, vehicle to infrastructure communication, Omnitracs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bond Fallout Could Mean One-Third Fewer Brokers in 2014

By Michele Greene, DAT

The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of 8,180 brokers since Dec. 2, the date the federal agency began revoking authority from brokers without a $75,000 bond.

Tags: FMCSA, Freight, Spot Freight, Brokers, DAT Transcore

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking The Driver Physical to a New Level

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who share the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Fleet Safety Conference, ATRI

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Effects of the New Hours of Service

The changes in the 34-hour restart appear to be having the impact that both trucking interests and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expected.

By Oliver Patton

Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Answers to Your Questions About the New Hours of Service Rules

By Tom Bray, J.J. Keller

Since the new hours-of-service rules went into effect July 1, there have been many questions asked of experts both inside and outside of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration related to the new rules. This article looks at some of the more frequently asked questions.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service: Resetting the Clock

Credit: Continental Commercial Vehicles.

By Jim Park

With just days to go before the scheduled implementation of the new and more restrictive hours of service rules, fleets and drivers need to be asking if their electronic onboard recording devices are ready for the change.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, Hours of Service

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Safety Audits Apply to New Owner-Operators

The key to a new entrant safety audit is documentation. You may do all the required steps to comply with the regulations, but if it is not documented, it will appear that you are not.

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

If you decide to get your own DOT number and strike out on your own, one regulatory requirement you will need to be aware of is the “new-entrant safety audit.” What do you need to know to get over this hurdle?

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, J.J. Keller, Owner-Operators

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Veterans in the Driver's Seat

The Army National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program is putting soldiers behind the wheel while they are in uniform and helping them to qualify for fulltime civilian employment as a truck driver.

By Oliver Patton

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report. Nine more states plus the District of Columbia are considering legislation to do the same thing.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, Immigration reform, Drivers, Recruiting

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

CSA: Aftermarket Profit Opportunity

Fleets don't have to be long-haul operations that go through weigh stations to be affected by the federal government's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, but your customers may not realize that.

By Denise Rondini

It is not too often in the trucking industry that regulation is seen as a good thing. Yet the recent Compliance, Safety, Accountability regulations may prove the exception to the rule, at least when it comes to the heavy-duty aftermarket.

Tags: Aftermarket, CSA, FMCSA

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About Operating in Canada

The Peace Bridge over the Niagara River; Drivers with checkered pasts may not be admissible to either Canada or the U.S., but since U.S. drivers rarely cross the Mexican border, immigration issue aren't as much of a factor.

By Jim Park

FMCSA and the U.S. DOT have no influence over what happens in Canada, but Canada has plenty of its own regulatory agencies and ministries whose rules will affect American carriers' privileges and ability to operate there.

Tags: FMCSA, NAFTA, Canada

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Does CSA Affect Small Carriers?

The scoring in the system is based on roadside inspections, violations listed on roadside inspection reports, and crash reports.

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

Despite all of the folklore that has been built around it, at its core, CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) is simply a program used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to track and evaluate carriers based on compliance and crash history. Carriers that do not score well in the system are the ones FMCSA will spend time warning or investigating.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, CSA, inspections, Owner-Operators

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Inspector Detector

By Deborah Lockridge

Required driver pre-trip inspections have garnered more attention under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program. And it’s not only the actual inspections you need to think about – it’s also the paperwork component.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, DVIR, Pre-trip inspection

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do You Have a DQ File?

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

The driver qualifications regulations, which are found in Part 391 of the FMCSA regulations, apply to all interstate drivers and most intrastate drivers that operate a commercial motor vehicle – no matter whether your company employs one driver or 1,000.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, FMCSA, Recordkeeping

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Con-way Communicates Safety

Con-way Freight works to stress safety to its employees in a variety of ways.

By Kate Harlow

With the advent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s flagship Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, a new premium was put on safety. This required a number of fleets to focus on the issue like never before.

Tags: FMCSA, Con-way Freight, CSA, Safety & Compliance

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Set up a Maintenance Program that Will Keep FMCSA Happy

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

Whether you have one truck or 20,000, the FMCSA's maintenance regulations apply to you. The safety and compliance experts at J.J. Keller have tips for owner-operators and small fleets on how to develop a maintenance program that will meet federal standards.

Tags: maintenance, FMCSA, Owner-Operators

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Motor Carriers Make Adjustments While CSA is Fine-Tuned

By Bob Rose, Contributor

In December, the FMCSA made good on its commitment to Congress to install refinements to the CSA initiative by implementing 11 changes to the Safety Measurement System. J.J. Keller's Bob Rose has more details.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, J.J. Keller, Compliance, CSA, Hazmat

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Look at CSA After Two Years

By Oliver B. Patton

In the two years it has been up and running, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has demonstrated many flaws and shortcomings. But the program is credited with the signal achievement of shining a brighter light on truck safety.

Tags: Topics & Trends, FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues. These materials include the Safety Management Cycle, an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations.

Tags: Topics & Trends, CSA, FMCSA, Safety, Compliance

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Changes for Commercial Driver's License Holders

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

Regulations for commercial vehicle drivers are changing, in particular with regards to medical cards

Tags: Issues, CDL, FMCSA, Texas

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

One of the major changes is a new Hazmat BASIC.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat

Tags: Issues, FMCSA, CSA, Hazmat

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through

Tags: Issues, Congress, CSA, ATRI, FMCSA

October 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Highway Reform Tops Washington Agenda

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The federal law that sets long-term surface transportation policy will expire next October.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Congress

September 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Rails Back On The (PR) Attack

By Doug Condra, President

Using simple tools can soften driver opposition to buckling up.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts

June 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Grace Under Pressure

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Under-inflated tires and improper tread patterns conspire to rob you of fuel economy.

Tags: FMCSA, Fuel Economy, Tires

May 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Update: EOBR, Learner Permit Standards

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The FMCSA may expand its proposed requirement for electronic onboard recorders to include all carriers, rather than just those who persistently violate the hours of service rules.

Tags: FMCSA

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Washington Report: Hours Rule Remains In Effect Pending Another Court Decision

By Oliver Patton

Our man in Washington reports on wireless and trucking, FMCSA wireless roadside inspections, and hours of service rules

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, wireless services, safety enforcement

September 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Return To Limbo

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor; Deborah L.

A federal court's rejection of key provisions of driver hours of service rule throws the trucking industry into a too familiar regulatory quagmire.

Tags: Truck Drivers, FMCSA, American Trucking Associations

May 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Turns Teacher With New Webinar Series

By Oliver Patton

Everybody knows that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration writes and enforces all the safety rules. It's the top cop when it comes to such regs. But the agency has added a new job title to its repertoire: teacher.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, Driver Safety

April 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Ultimate Decision-Maker

By Oliver Patton

Each year, government's primary regulatory focus falls more intensely on the driver. Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, FMCSA

September 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

SafeStat Remains On Hold, And That's A Good Thing

By Doug Condra, President

The fixes put in place so far have not made the system much – if any – better.

Tags: FMCSA

May 2006, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Causes Of Truck Crashes

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

Drivers are a common factor in most crashes, but truck drivers are at fault more than we thought.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Fatal Accidents, crash research

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