audits

A shot in the arm for fixing CSA

The added weight of an objective party is welcome, especially knowing it gives Congress a clear vision of CSA problems. FMCSA has made relatively superficial changes – slowly – to CSA. It’s a shame it’s taken so many voices to repeat the call that change needs to be faster and more substantive.

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Next steps for CSA — scores behind the curtain or not?

Will the FMCSA press forward with CSA SMS changes to bring scores back to public view or allow the SMS to remain a "half-baked solution sitting in the dark"? For the ASECTT group, there could be a third way forward for the agency...

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Update: Safety review continues trend toward the negative, non-ratable

Tom Sanderson of Transplace and the ASECTT group is right in some ways about FMCSA having "doubled down" on its post-CSA policy, particularly with respect to how it conducts safety audits in this day and age. Latest ratings-issued numbers here.

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ASECTT group presses ahead on CSA, safety rating reform and other issues

In addition to its chief concern over reliance on CSA SMS scores in safety assessment, ASECTT now turns attention to reform of the safety-audit system and federal preemption of state wage/hour laws and independent contractor classification, among other issues.

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FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with ‘enhanced investigative techniques’

'EIT' in the parlance of acronym-happy bureaucratese, Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services likened new investigative approaches of auditors to another EIT, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques -- or 'compliance-review waterboarding,' so to speak ...

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How the potential gold mine of ELD data could hurt you

The precision and quantity of ELD data available after the mandate could, combined with a new safety-rating scheme, give on-site auditors an extra-effective tool for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis not only of uncovered hours violations, but also moving violations.

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How ELDs could be the new radar guns

If the SFD process as proposed becomes regulation, and the ELD mandate isn't struck down by the federal courts or otherwise derailed, on-site auditors may garner an extra-effective tool in their arsenal for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis of hours, moving violations.

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VIDEO: Part 2 of Mark White’s story

Mark White continues his story of how Old Time Express got out from their Conditional rating, truly earning the reinstatement to Satisfactory, he says.

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CSA’s Fallout: ‘Play the game’ to get out of the lockup

How the team at Old Time Express turned the lock open out of 'safety jail,' reversing its Conditional rating and winning back business.

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VIDEO: Old Time Express’ Mark White — a two-year regulatory odyssey, in his own words

White tells his story -- featured in the July 2014 issue of Overdrive -- of two years spent under the Conditional safety rating and the aftermath. Today, the Satisfactory-rated small fleet is running electronic logs.

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