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FMCSA Study: Costs of Crash Accountability Outweigh Benefits

FMCSA Study: Costs of Crash Accountability Outweigh Benefits

The difficulty and cost of including crash fault in the CSA safety enforcement system appears to outweigh the benefits, according to an analysis by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The long-awaited report to Congress, which will be made public today, says that police accident reports probably don’t provide enough information to support determinations of fault.

January 21, 2015

Crash Accountability Study Coming in Two Weeks

Crash Accountability Study Coming in Two Weeks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study on crash accountability in the next couple of weeks, said Jack Van Steenburg, the agency’s chief safety officer.

January 14, 2015

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, said Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division.

January 13, 2015

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. The agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement.

January 13, 2015

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

Fourteen years later, the Mexican cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement will finally be implemented.

January 9, 2015

Mexico Pilot Effective But Limited, Says DOT Inspector General

Mexico Pilot Effective But Limited, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proper safety controls in place for Mexican carriers operating across the border, but the pilot program to test the system has too few participants to project the outcome of a full border opening, says the DOT Inspector General.

December 29, 2014

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year.

December 23, 2014

Restart Change Now in Effect

Restart Change Now in Effect

The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.

December 17, 2014

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on a plan to raise insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.

November 26, 2014

CVSA Joins Push to Hide CSA Data from Public

CVSA Joins Push to Hide CSA Data from Public

The truck safety enforcement community has joined the industry effort to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to hide CSA safety data from public view. In a November 14 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said that Safety Measurement System scores should be available to police but not to the public.

November 24, 2014

Survey: Electronic Logs Don't Lead to More Driver Harassment

Survey: Electronic Logs Don't Lead to More Driver Harassment

Few truck drivers feel they are harassed by their employers or shippers, and drivers who use electronic logs experience no more harassment than those who use paper logs. Those are the key findings of a survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

November 13, 2014

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports. “We need some relief now,” said Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.

November 12, 2014

Trucking Insurance Proposal Under Review

Trucking Insurance Proposal Under Review

A proposal that could eventually lead to higher insurance requirements for trucking companies is close to publication. An advanced notice of the proposal is under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and can be expected to show up in the Federal Register this year.

October 31, 2014

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions
Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

It will take another year to launch a pilot program to see if drivers can safely split their sleeper berth rest time. The option is being pushed by carriers and drivers who believe more flexible rules could actually reduce driver fatigue.

October 28, 2014