Todd Dills

FMCSA issues rule proposal to tie safety rating directly to inspections, violations

Another month, another major rule proposed by FMCSA: The SFD rule would revamp the three-tier safety rating program to incorporate roadside inspection/violation data in addition to investigations and update monthly.

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Crowd-sourcing load/unload location info with Trelp

Information available to access or add within Trelp includes the location of nearby parking, precise directions to and around the facility, location of unmarked low clearances, contact person at facilities and more.

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Bill Weaver’s ‘I’m Rollin’ — advance track from ‘Every Mile I Drive’ record, due soon

Hear an advance track, "I'm Rollin'," from hazmat hauler/singer-songwriter Bill Weaver, of Arkansas. It's part of his forthcoming "Every Mile I Drive" record.

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Spot market rates, volume: Hot markets for van and reefer across Midwest, South

The brief "reminder of 2014" we got in last week's spot market update in the very high van load-to-truck ratio came back down to earth this, though it's still high for this time of year.

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Shipper to owner-operators: Come on down!

Some shippers' common bond with owner-operators -- when it comes to procuring transportation, they'd rather not deal with brokers or large asset-based carriers, either.

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Altered CSA Safety Measurement System back in the public eye

The FMCSA has returned an altered CSA SMS to public view, showing no percentile or other evaluative scoring in the BASIC categories of measurement.

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Soft-target terrorism: Readers favor enforcement of existing gun laws

In wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, 56 percent of readers urged no change in gun laws. Meanwhile, efforts around "Mike's Law" for a national commercial carry permit continue.

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Safety rating poised to turn to roadside data, coalition issues challenge

The coalition that took on the recent highway bill's "poison pill" successfully has issued something of a pre-emptive challenge to FMCSA's proposed changes to the safety rating program.

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Truck-driving music pioneer Red Simpson dead at 81

Red Simpson, singer-songwriter well-known for such classic trucking songs as "Roll, Truck, Roll" and "(Hello) I'm a Truck" died Friday, January 8, in Bakersfield, Calif. Simpson was 81.

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Listening session: ‘Beyond compliance’ with the regulations — if, and how, to reward

Whatever you think about the in-progress "beyond compliance" program and its origins, the fact is it's in the works -- anyone with ideas on how it *should* or *shouldn't* be structured can weigh in via a listening session Jan. 12.

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