Learning early from the ‘gentle giants’ of the highway

| February 17, 2014

A four-wheeler's salute to the "gentle giants" of the highway -- "I know that each and every driver endures a lot, whether it is bad weather or bad drivers, to name just two, to keep ...

Audio: Rich Wilson at MCSAC — ‘We need to hear more from drivers’Podcast

| February 15, 2014

Though any FLSA reform wouldn't apply directly to owner-operators, some have made the argument that improved pay conditions for company drivers and corresponding rate-dynamics changes would filter positively throughout the industry.

GAO CSA report fallout: More small-carrier inspections on the way?

| February 13, 2014

Some watchers feel that "reprioritizing" inspection criteria to grab and tie up more and more of the "little guys" among carriers on the road might be the onerous result of the GAO's focus on lack ...

CSA crash-weighting study coming soon; MCSAC subcommittee hiatus after April meeting

| February 13, 2014

With the Crash Weighting Research Plan study results due before the end of the month and the SFD rulemaking to hit OMB in spring, the MCSAC CSA Subcommittee stressed continuing CSA problems going into its ...

May 21 is deadline to begin using National Registry doctors

| February 12, 2014

A somewhat new map-search tool at the registry site is now populated with registered examiners around the country for look-up / forward planning purposes.

FLSA reform, parking, detention: MCSAC prioritizes reauthorization recommendations

| February 11, 2014

Reforming employee-driver compensation by removing the FLSA overtime exemption was among top recommendations, likewise expanding truck-parking availability, sleep apnea, further New Entrant attention and more.

Economy’s relationship to crash figures and FMCSA’s debated effectiveness in reducing them

| February 11, 2014

FMCSA says it conducted 3.5 million roadside inspections leading to 16,000 estimated prevented crashes. However, crash numbers have steadily risen since 2009, in spite of the efforts of the agency and its CSA program.

Regs review, CSA, driver pay highlight potential highway-bill action items discussed at MCSAC Day 1

| February 10, 2014

What would you tell the FMCSA to focus on in terms of priority issues for the next highway reauthorization? Find here what FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's diverse membership thinks.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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.

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