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Be ready for second year of CSA

CSA's first year might have seemed benign to you, but it’s still warming up. Be prepared for a closer acquaintance in 2012.

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CSA and Tire Basics

Stay out of trouble with the DOT through careful inspections and diligent routine maintenance.

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MCSAC to meet on EOBRs, sleep apnea and other topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee’s next meeting, Dec. 5-8, will include a joint meeting with the agency’s Medical Review Board on the issue of sleep apnea.

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Driver action on sleep apnea, CSA, EOBRs, cross-border trucking

Regular readers will recall my post from last month following the first annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention, which spurred on driver advocate Frederick Schaffner to be a presence in D.C. at the November meeting of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committtee. There, a large part of the discussion was devoted to standards for electronic onboard recorders for hours-of-service compliance. Schaffner has annotated MCSAC's task report emerging from that meeting with his own series of ...

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Heads-up on new partnership that could change the leasing game

This month in Overdrive, I examined a couple different alternatives to traditional leasing models carriers and their advisers are exploring for ways to avoid what some see as long-term growing challenges to the independent contractor business model. Two models in particular stand a chance to take hold in the future, one being the conversion of a fleet of leased owner-operators to a contract fleet of true independents, running under their own respective authorities. In this model, ...

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When burned-out lights glare

The top equipment-related violation is lighting, according to a “CSA: One Year Later” panel discussion at the Commercial Carrier Journal Fall Symposium in Phoenix.

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CSA system needs improvement, panel says

The driver safety fitness rating has been on the backburner but is coming back through the upcoming highway bill.

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Friday Channel 19 news round-up: Cross-border trucking; ‘driver shortage'; and the 1 on the 53 and the 99

Separate but not equal That separation could be diminishing when it comes to U.S. and Mexican tucking, now that a new pilot program for cross-border long haul is under way.  In the wake of the Oct. 21 border ceremony at Laredo, when the first Mexican truck crossed as part of the new cross-border pilot program, notes J.E. Dyer at the Hot Air Green Room website, the job-creation rhetoric so prominent in Washington these days has been revealed for ...

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GAO recommends more transparency for CSA

The Government Accountability Office advised the FMCSA it should develop a reasonable timeframe to put driver fitness ratings into effect.

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CSA repair kit

The CSA Qwik-Fix Kit holds common repair parts in a carrying bag so drivers can easily access them to correct any issues before reaching a roadside checkpoint. The Qwik-Fix Kit includes 12 parts to fix most electrical problems that could cause severity points. The bag can be customized for drivers to include parts that they regularly need to replace. PHILLIPS, www.phillipsind.com

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