BASICS

FMCSA issues rule proposal to tie safety rating directly to inspections, violations

Another month, another major rule proposed by FMCSA: The SFD rule would revamp the three-tier safety rating program to incorporate roadside inspection/violation data in addition to investigations and update monthly.

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The new top hours of service enforcer

No state issued a higher percentage of hours violations in 2014 than this one. Training has helped officials find their ‘comfort zone’ enforcing the ever-shifting regs nationwide, but especially in this state.

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Wisconsin: Targeting enforcement for violations

Only one state does it better -- or in many truckers' perspectives, worse -- than Wisconsin. With more than 3 violations written for every inspection performed in 2014, the state closed in on category leader Connecticut.

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FMCSA wants to take CSA hazmat category public, change intervention thresholds

In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing several enhancements for its Safety Measurement System, which the agency uses to measure the safety of motor carriers.

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POLL: Should carrier CSA scores be withheld from public view?

Given CSA problems shown by various reports this year and last, should BASIC scores be withheld from public view? If so, should inspection/violation data remain accessible? Tell us what you think here.

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Lawsuit against CSA could see decision within 6 months, attorney says

Henry Seaton expects a decision in the next six months -- meanwhile, two reports from House committees on the CSA SMS are expected before the end of the year.

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How to prepare for a safety audit

Safety consultant Leon Feazell detailed audit prep procedures and processes with recommendations for small carriers at the Great American Trucking Show.

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FMCSA’s enforcement authority growth spurt

With the Unified Registration System at final rule status and in implementation phase, some watchers see a future powerful tool for FMCSA in its efforts to target noncompliant carriers.

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CSA system update: New hours violations encoded

New violations added to the CSA Safety Measurement System include codification of the hours of service break requirement at a 7-point severity weight value.

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Losing the golden triangle: More proof shippers (mis)use CSA

A small fleet owner on CSA: "We lost our triangle, and it is incredible how much difference it has made. Many of our old customers ... called as soon as we lost the triangle."

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