CSA’s Fallout: ‘Ugly little secret’ — severity weights, peer groups need work

| June 06, 2014

The draft report issued April 30 from the CSA Subcommittee of FMCSA's MCSAC advisors included a large section on potential methods of improving the scoring system.

POLL: Where are you doing your restarts?

| June 05, 2014

Since the 2013 hours changes and new restart restrictions, are you getting your restart at home, a fleet terminal or out on the road? Or are you operating solely on recap hours? Tell us in ...

Trucking through the contestants: Trucker Talent Search

| June 05, 2014

Here find a handy way to stream the lot of our Trucker Talent Search contestants' entries consecutively.

DPF ash cleaning retread

| June 04, 2014

Trucks with DPF systems come with a warning light alerting the operator to the need for a cleaning, but many experts believe you shouldn’t wait for a warning light.... Plus: Wild non-commercial load to Cali. ...

CSA’s Fallout: SMS/safety rating system disconnect compounds problems

| June 04, 2014

While official safety rating element of FMCSA’s enforcement program remains, the CSA SMS runs alongside it, giving a more real-time window into inspections, violations and crashes. However, the difference between results produced by each is ...

CSA’s Fallout: Scoring reliability woes dominate independents’ concerns

| June 03, 2014

Overdrive's 2014 CSA survey shows independents are most concerned about reliability of scores, but the system’s many flaws haven’t halted third-party use of the rankings in business decisions.

I-495 in Delaware closes indefinitely at Christina River bridge

| June 02, 2014

Supports for the I-495 bridge over the Christiana River in Delaware today were discovered to be tilting. Delaware Department of Transportation made the decision to close both north- and southbound lanes of 495 were closed ...

Podcast: Off to the races!Image GalleryPodcast

| May 31, 2014

With the date getting closer (late June) for Mike Ryan's annual Pike's Peak hill climb in his modified Cascadia, revisit with him and Chumpcar's John Condren talking details about the 2015 debut of the ChampTruck ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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