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Concern Voiced About FMCSA Proposal to Eliminate Submission of No-Defect Driver Inspection Reports

September 4, 2013

The FMCSA has proposed eliminating the requirement that pre- and post-trip driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) be filed with the FMCSA when no defects are identified. There are concerns voiced by some fleet managers about the unintended consequences of this proposal, especially from a safety and operational perspective.

Tags: FMCSA, DVIR, pre- and post-trip inspections, eDVIR

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

CSA Safety Scores Must Distinguish Between Preventable and Non-Preventable Accidents

June 17, 2013

A growing number of fleets contend that Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) program is in need of substantial improvement. Currently, a fleet’s score in the CSA safety monitoring system is based on all fleet-involved crashes, including those that the company’s driver did not cause and could not reasonably have prevented. This scoring criteria is contrary to accepted industry standards and, in the long run, will undermine the validity of the CSA program in the eyes of covered fleets.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, American Trucking Associations, CSA, Preventable Accidents, non-preventable accidents

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 17, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Electronic Onboard Recorders: It’s Only a Question of Time

May 24, 2012

The paper-based logbook system used to track hours of service (HOS) by commercial truck fleets is prone to driver manipulation and falsification. Even the FMCSA has stated that falsification of logbooks is widespread. By all accounts, the current system of manually recorded logbooks is a joke. Yet, despite this “elephant in the room,” the federal government remains unable to mandate onboard devices to improve HOS enforcement. Why can it work in Europe, but not here?

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, electronics onboard recorders, Antich, American Trucking Associations

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Legal Motion Seeks to Halt Public Release of CSA 2010 Data

December 13, 2010

Concern about vicarious liability lawsuits resulting from the public release of Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 data prompted a legal motion to be filed on Nov. 29 with the U.S. Court of Appeals by three trucking associations, representing 3,000 privately owned fleets. The motion seeks a permanent injuction to the public release of CSA 2010 data with percentile ranking by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Tags: FMCSA, Legislation, CSA 2010, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, December 13, 2010 6:00 PM | » Comments(2)

Most Fleets Unprepared for CSA 2010

October 11, 2010

SafeStat has been replaced by Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010, which applies to all truck fleets that operate interstate and require a US DOT number. All vehicles that operate interstate with a 10,001-lb. combined GVWR or greater are covered by CSA 2010. This regulatory enforcement change will create a monumental sea change in how truck fleets manage drivers, their fleet operations, and remain DOT compliant.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, compliance, CSA 2010, Antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, October 11, 2010 1:55 PM | » Comments(3)

Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010: A New Way to Reduce Truck-Related Fatalities

September 23, 2008

Due to staffing constraints, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA ) can currently only audit about 2 percent of nation's truck fleets. In response to these resource constraints, FMCSA is developing a Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 initiative to implement new ways to reduce truck-related accidents. CSA 2010 will measure a fleet's safety performance through data uploaded from fleet compliance activities and accident reports.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2008 2:14 PM | » Comments(-4)

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