Overdrive Staff | August 01, 2010

The subcommittee memo issued to House members stated FMCSA has indicated it is studying an American Trucking Associations recommendation to assess state police records to determine crash accountability, or which party is at fault, before including the crash in SMS. It is considering changing this aspect of the system before a nationwide rollout.

The agency has argued its data analysis shows carriers involved in numerous crashes are more likely to be involved in future crashes, irrespective of fault.

Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said FMCSA’s enforcement priorities traditionally have focused primarily on targeting truck drivers at roadside inspections.

“Under CSA 2010, the agency is shifting its main focus from the driver to other stakeholders in the industry and recognizing that drivers often are not the principal decision makers in the shipment of goods,” Spencer said.

ATA is concerned how CSA 2010 measures carrier exposure for evaluating each carrier’s relative performance in several categories, said Keith Klein, Transport America CEO and executive vice president, who spoke on behalf of the association. Under CSA 2010’s current methodology, FMCSA uses a count of carrier trucks to measure risk exposure rather than the total number of miles these vehicles traveled.

— Jill Dunn

Aug. 15 is deadline for merged contests

The nomination deadline is Aug. 15 for the 2011 Overdrive TCA Owner-Operator of the Year. That winner will be presented at the annual meeting of the Truckload Carriers Association, March 4-7, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

The contest is open to all owner-operators who log a majority of their miles in the truckload segment. Nominees are judged on safety and professional accomplishments.

The 12 top nominees will be featured monthly in Overdrive as Overdrive TCA Owner-Operators of the Month.

For nomination forms and details about rules and eligibility, visit truckload.org.

Overdrive’s sister publication, Truckers News, and TCA are sponsoring a comparable competition for company drivers.

The annual winners of both contests will receive prizes.

— Max Heine


Engine makers debate Navistar ‘economy’ claim

Navistar says a third-party test it commissioned shows the 2010 International ProStar+ with MaxxForce 13 Advanced EGR engine leads all Class 8 trucks in “fluid economy” – a measurement of diesel fuel plus liquid urea consumed.

Navistar said its International ProStar+ consistently outperformed competing trucks by nearly 1 percent to 2.5 percent in fluid consumption efficiency. Competing trucks use engines based on selective catalytic reduction technology, which requires the addition of urea, to meet emissions requirements.

In a prepared statement, Freightliner said the Navistar testing does not comply with the “basic premises for proper engineering work and thus doesn’t provide a trustworthy result.”

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