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Overdrive Staff | December 01, 2010

THE NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT INDEX increased 65 percent in spot market freight availability in September compared to the previous year, TransCore said. September load volume was 4.9 percent higher than in August. September’s spot freight reached the highest levels for the month since 2005, which was a peak year for spot market volume.

TRUCKING COMPANIES added 300 new employees on a seasonally adjusted basis in October, according to preliminary payroll figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since March, trucking companies have added 15,900 jobs.


Lawsuit aims to block CSA 2010 disclosure

In late November, at least three industry organizations were planning to file a lawsuit before year-end seeking to block or delay disclosure of certain data that could misrepresent carriers’ safety records.

The groups oppose public disclosure of data from the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 initiative until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration considers disclosure as part of a planned CSA-related rulemaking next year, says attorney Henry Seaton. He represents the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, The Expedite Alliance of North America and the Air & Expedited Motor Carriers Association.

FMCSA was planning to release by early December the data from the new Safety Measurement System (SMS), which will replace the current SafeStat methodology.

The groups argue that disclosure of the percentile rankings within the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) and use of terms characterizing those rankings amount to a public branding of carriers as less than safe. SMS data in its current form is unsuitable for use by the public in making decisions about a carrier’s safety, and that’s FMCSA’s job anyway, they argue.

FMCSA’s CSA changes announced Nov. 18 do not remedy the problem, Seaton says.

“Changing the color from red to orange and changing the terms from ‘deficient’ or ‘marginal’ to ‘alert’ do not begin to address the possible misuse of CSA 2010,” Seaton says. The changes do not “put an end to the prospective black-balling of carriers by shippers and brokers when those carriers are in fact certified by the FMCSA as safe to operate.”

— Avery Vise



Firm to offer driver scorecards

A private firm plans to offer to drivers scorecards that reflect Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 driver ratings.

By mid-December via www.roadsideresume.com, says Vigillo President Steven Bryan, the company will offer all drivers in their system access to their own scorecard free of charge.

This and other developments related to CSA 2010 and the FMCSA’s Pre-employment Screening Program were discussed in November at a conference of carrier recruiting personnel in Nashville, Tenn.

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