crash risk

CSA works and is not biased against small carriers, FMCSA report concludes

Coming on the heels of a government-issued report saying CSA's scoring method is faulty and unfair, FMCSA has released a study concluding the opposite: The system does work to identify carriers who pose the greatest crash risk, the agency says.

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Should time away from home be systematically limited?

Owner-operator Cary Goodman asks this question in a letter to the editor.

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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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Crashes and interventions: The fault handicap

FMCSA may be a long way from accounting for crash fault in the CSA Safety Measurement System. In the meantime, questions about the system's effectiveness loom large with analysis of crash rates.

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Poll: What is CSA’s biggest problem?

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LogBook

Apnea proposals could disqualify drivers, cell phone ban begins, Senate bill would mandate EOBRs, third Mexican carrier completes audit and more industry news items are featured.

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MCSAC / MRB meeting webcast underway on sleep apnea

If you haven't been able to tune into the meeting today of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee with the Medical Review Board, keep an eye on my Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/channel19todd, where I'm posting various items from the presentations ongoing. Benjamin Hoffman, director of the Medical Review Board and GE Chief Medical Officer, says he hopes the meeting will result in promulgation of clearcut regulations or guidance relative to drivers and sleep apnea, and ...

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Pulse

Safety restrictions that are prudent for professional drivers should also be prudent for amateurs.

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Pulse: Eye catching

Texting made the crash risk 23.2 times as high as non-distracted driving for truckers. One irritant for professional drivers is being treated like some air-headed teenager with a new driver’s license. After all, you’ve been trained to drive a vehicle whose operation is far more complex than anything riding on two axles. As an owner-operator, your years of experience piloting a commercial vehicle likely number in the double digits. Anyone on the road puts their life ...

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