Overdrive Staff | September 01, 2010

THE U.S. DOT’s freight transportation services index rose 4.1 percent in June from a year earlier, the fourth straight year-over-year increase. However, the index is relatively low, having fallen 11.8 percent in five years.

MAYFLOWER TRANSIT may assess a 10-cent per mile fee on its owner-operators to cover the cost of insurance, a federal appeals court confirmed Aug. 9. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association had sued Mayflower, arguing the chargeback amounted to a mandatory purchase of insurance, which is prohibited by federal regulations governing lease arrangements.

Pride & Polish and more at new Charlotte show

The first Charlotte Diesel Super Show will be Oct. 8-9 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway z-Max Dragway in Concord, N.C. Activities will include industry displays, truck drag races, a Custom Rigs Pride & Polish truck beauty contest and a free concert.

Attendees can register to win a free 150-mph ride around the Charlotte Motor Speedway track in a NASCAR race car.

Free truck and vehicle parking. P&P RV parking and campsites are available on-site. Tickets can be purchased at the event, or group sales are available at a discount for 10 or more tickets by calling (888) 349-4287.

Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information, which produces the Great American Trucking Show and Overdrive, will produce the outdoor Charlotte show. For event and ticket information, go to www.dieselsupershow.com.

— Staff Reports

Carrier safety ratings available

To help carriers comply with CSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released individual carrier safety assessments as part of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 on its website at https://www.csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov.

This update allows carriers to see where they stand in each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC), based on roadside data and investigation findings.

BASIC assessments are visible only to carriers and enforcement staff until December, when assessments will be open to the public. Also, enforcement agencies will use these assessments to prioritize the agency’s enforcement and compliance assistance workload.

FMCSA recommends that carriers verify and update their carrier census data, in particular power units and vehicle miles traveled on the MCS-150 form, and take steps to correct unsafe practices.

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