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August 27, 2014

FMCSA Installs DataQs Fix

Carriers and drivers can now get a violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it. Under a system that went live August 23, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s DataQs portal.

August 26, 2014

Industry Pushes to Hide CSA Data from Public

A coalition of industry groups is putting pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In an August 22 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, American Trucking Associations and 10 other groups said the scores are not likely to provide an accurate assessment of a carrier’s safety.

July 31, 2014

Study: State Enforcement Differences Undermine CSA Uniformity

A new study has confirmed that state enforcement disparities create uneven safety playing fields for motor carriers that have different operating patterns and mileage exposure in the lower 48 states.

July 29, 2014

Trucking Lost Faith in Anne Ferro -- But Replacement Could Be Worse

Trucker-turned-editor Jim Park gives his perspective of Anne Ferro's tenure as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration -- and some chilling thoughts about her potential replacement -- in his "On the Road" blog.

July 24, 2014

FMCSA Plans Upgrades to CSA Safety Data Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of changes designed to improve the Safety Measurement System website, some in response to industry feedback.

July 10, 2014

Vigillo Adds Adjudicated CSA Violations to Data Platform

Vigillo has partnered with U.S. Legal Services to add a new premium channel to its Athena business intelligence platform. The new channel will include data from U.S. Legal Services on adjudicated CSA violations.

July 1, 2014

Driver Tries Citizen's Arrest on a Cop with Interesting Results

This amusing video surfaced on YouTube recently. In his On the Road blog, Jim Park compares it to a parable of sorts about glass houses and throwing stones. In this case, the bad guy had the humility to admit he was wrong, but it doesn't always go so smoothly.

June 19, 2014

Appeals Court Rejects Broker Suit Against CSA

A group of small carriers and brokers lost their legal challenge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program. In a ruling handed down Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the suit by the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation

May 20, 2014

Verizon, J.J. Keller Developing New Electronic Compliance System

Verizon Networkfleet and J.J. Keller & Associates have reached an agreement to develop the trucking industry’s first integrated, GPS fleet management solution, which will provide complete performance and compliance management.

May 20, 2014

ALK Conference Keynote Addresses Driver Retention

During his opening keynote during the ALK Technology Conference, J.B. Hunt's Richie Henderson outlined the causes of the ongoing driver shortage, how to resolve it, and how technology can help.

May 13, 2014

How to avoid 6 common CSA violations

Let’s examine the top three CSA violations for both vehicles and drivers across the industry and discuss practices that can help bring the numbers down.

April 29, 2014

CSA Update: Crash Accountability Study Is Coming

Some time soon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will go public with its analysis of how to account for fault in the crash data it uses to assess carrier safety performance. Joe DeLorenzo, director of the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, said the agency is preparing a report to Congress and a Federal Register notice.

April 17, 2014

Judge Overrules FMCSA Shutdown Order of Illinois Trucking Company

Just over two weeks after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered an Illinois-based trucking company to shut down all interstate movements, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled it can return to the roadway.

April 15, 2014

Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Subcommittee Meeting on CSA Set

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a date of April 29 and 30 has been set for the next meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability subcommittee in Arlington, Va.

April 8, 2014

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

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

April 1, 2014

FMCSA Shuts Down Texas Trucking Company Over Safety Concerns

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the operating authority trucking company on Tuesday, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety, for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers and the motoring public at risk.

March 25, 2014

FMCSA Field-Testing Wireless Roadside Inspection System

Safety regulators envision a time when they can automatically collect the information they need about trucks, drivers and carriers as the truck goes about its business on the highway. That time may not be too far away. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a field test designed to prove that a national wireless roadside inspection system will work.

March 21, 2014

J.J. Keller Offers Safety and Compliance Analysis for Fleets

J.J. Keller & Associates has introduced a safety and compliance analysis and rating system the company says "goes beyond a traditional compliance audit to thoroughly assess a fleet's CSA performance, safety management policies and procedures, and adoption of industry best practices."

March 17, 2014

Avoiding Common Maintenance Mistakes

Fleets try to do a good job of keeping their trucks in top operating condition, and most recognize that maintenance plays an important role in achieving that goal. Still there are some things that get overlooked by even the most seasoned fleet manager.

March 17, 2014

The FMCSA, OSHA, EEOC & You

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.

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