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Guilty until proven innocent: Answering key sleep-apnea questions

As new medical certification processes come into play, more drivers are being asked to get sleep apnea testing. Some are asking questions, getting varied answers – and being taken off ...

FMCSA, OSHA to collaborate on employer retaliation claims made by truck drivers

In an attempt to ensure truck drivers’ protections under federal anti-retaliation laws, FMCSA and OSHA have agreed to begin sharing information with one another when drivers claim their employers violate ...

CSA’s Fallout: ‘Ugly little secret’ — severity weights, peer groups need work

The draft report issued April 30 from the CSA Subcommittee of FMCSA's MCSAC advisors included a large section on potential methods of improving the scoring system.

CSA’s Fallout: Scoring reliability woes dominate independents’ concerns

Overdrive's 2014 CSA survey shows independents are most concerned about reliability of scores, but the system’s many flaws haven’t halted third-party use of the rankings in business decisions.

Podcast: Due diligence on the drug testing consortium

Any problem with drug or alcohol use by drivers among carriers large and small can ensure that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be "watching you for a long ...

DOT adds raising carrier insurance minimums to regulatory calendar, pushes Safety Fitness rule back

An official timeline for FMCSA's push to raise liability insurance minimums for carriers has been released by the Department of Transportation, and it signals the agency plans to begin work ...

CSA: The difference (or lack thereof) a year makes

Report from the CSA Subcommittee to the MCSAC shows a somewhat different overall tune from the year prior as FMCSA retrenches in its commitment to the CSA program.

Public use of CSA scores remains a chief industry concern

As the MCSAC's CSA Subcommittee finalized recommendations for program changes in D.C., debate continued over the public display of carrier CSA scores. In early poll results, 70 percent of Overdrive ...

Agency to start process of hiking carrier insurance minimums with MCSAC meeting

An FMCSA committee will meet this month to begin work on the agency's plan to raise the minimum amount of liability insurance required by carriers.

CSA’s golden triangle more like a ‘scarlet letter’

Audio from Panther's Irwin Shires and Transplace's Tom Sanderson at the CSA Subcommittee meeting shows difficulties of carriers dealing with the mark of the CSA program.

CSA crash-weighting study to be released in June, FMCSA says

Full implementation of the Safety Fitness Determination rule, which would replace the current safety-rating system, could follow two years after a hoped-for September proposal. More news from MCSAC's CSA Subcommittee ...

ELD mandate could pave way for time-based pay prevalence

At least, watchers say, carriers may have better tools to support negotiation of hourly detention-pay schemes with shippers and receivers -- others, however, see potential downsides in the future, such ...

Agency committee meeting to form recommendations for CSA changes

FMCSA's subcommittee for its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program will meet April 29-30 to develop recommendations for changes to the program, its scoring system and the intervention process.

DOT, OSHA should collaborate on whistleblower claim investigations, federal report says

A new federal report recommends the Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration evaluate collaboration agreements regarding whistleblower claim investigations.

OOIDA pushing driver training, FMCSA reform for highway bill items

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced this week the two main items it is pushing Congress to include in its next highway bill: Bolstering training for new drivers and reforming ...

Author: ‘U.S. law in need of simplification, basic human empathy’

"Overhaul and simplify the law to release the energy and passion of Americans so that we can begin to address the challenges of our society." --Philip K. Howard, from a ...

ELD mandate: Readers respond

Among Overdrive readers, more than half of the respondents to a poll conducted in the weeks prior to the ELD mandate's release showed a strong preference for another line or ...

‘Zero highway deaths’ goal needs general public target

Regulators' ultimate goal pondered, in light of the laundry list of highway-bill recommendations the MCSAC delivered to Congress two weeks back.

Acquisition, maintenance cost worries stand out in post-2018 efficiency standards conversation

Readers sound off on President Obama's announcement of plans for post-2018 model truck fuel-efficiency/emissions standards.

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

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 ...