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February 20, 2013

Unified Registration System Nearing Publication

The Unified Registration System, which will reform the way the federal government keeps track of motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders, is in the final stage of the rulemaking process.

February 18, 2013

DOT Orders California Driver to Cease Operating

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered a California-based truck driver to cease operating after he was cited for numerous egregious violations of federal regulations, the most recent involving being arrested for intoxicated driving.

February 14, 2013

Con-way Communicates Safety

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.

February 13, 2013

Report Summarizes Car-Truck Contribution/Fault in Serious Crashes

A new report released by the American Trucking Associations summarizes the car-truck relative contribution/fault findings of several large-scale studies.

February 12, 2013

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

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.

February 7, 2013

ATA Renews Call for FMCSA to Implement Crash Accountability

The American Trucking Associations reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to immediately establish a process to remove from motor carriers’ records crashes where it was plainly evident that the carrier was not to blame.

February 5, 2013

Accident Specialist Casts Doubt on Reliability of Police Reports

Police accident reports are not reliable enough to determine who’s at fault in truck crashes for the CSA safety enforcement system, according to an accident reconstruction specialist during a CSA advisory panel meeting Tuesday. Washington Editor Oliver B. Patton reports.

February 4, 2013

FMCSA Grants Exemptions to Hearing-Impaired Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted the first exemptions to rules for interstate commercial drivers when it comes to hearing standards.

January 28, 2013

ATA Wants to Extend Hours of Service Start Date

American Trucking Associations is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to push back the start date of the new hours of service rule.

January 28, 2013

Motor Carriers Make Adjustments While CSA is Fine-Tuned

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.

January 24, 2013

MCSAC Subcommittee Will Hold Third Meeting on CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a meeting of its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's subcommittee on the Compliance Safety and Accountability program on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5 and 6

January 18, 2013

Split Sleep Schedule Found Better than Daytime Sleep

A new study indicates that a split sleep schedule is a better alternative than consolidated sleep during the day. The study compared two 5-hour sleep periods, from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., to consolidated sleep periods at night and during the day

January 16, 2013

DOT Inspector General Commences CSA Audit

Following up on a request from Congress, the Department of Transportation's Inspector General has begin work on an audit of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The agency is going to look into the quality of CSA data used to evaluate carrier performance, said Assistant Inspector General Joseph Comé this week in a memo to Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

January 16, 2013

A Look at CSA After Two Years

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.

January 10, 2013

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.

January 6, 2013

Upcoming Changes for Commercial Driver's License Holders

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

January 6, 2013

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

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

January 6, 2013

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

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

December 27, 2012

Top 10 Trucking Stories & Trends from 2012, Part 1

As 2012 draws to a close, we bring you our picks for the top stories and trends of the past year, in Letterman-style reverse Top 10 order

December 21, 2012

2013: 6 Key Issues Fleets Face

Trucking will be dealing with familiar tough issues next year, as well as some that may have a new twist, whether it's in the boardroom, in the cab or in Congress. On the business side, issues fleets will need to stay on top of in 2013 include the economy, fuel prices and the driver shortage. On Capitol Hill, hours of service, electronic logs and CSA are at the front of the lin

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