FMCSA

Comment period closes tonight for FMCSA’s work to increase carrier insurance minimums

The public comment deadline on a rule that could increase the amount of liability insurance required to be held by carriers ends Feb. 26, and carriers and other industry stakeholders have until midnight 11:59 p.m. Thursday to submit their input.

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FMCSA shuts down another small carrier following investigation revealing widespread violations

A small Colorado-based fleet has become the latest to be shut down by federal regulators, following a compliance investigation that revealed disregard for key safety regulations, FMCSA announced this week.

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Investigators targeted 193 carriers using CSA data in 2014 enforcement blitz

Investigators used driver performance data from the FMCSA’s CSA algorithm to target nearly 200 companies for on-site interventions. Officers also made contact with nearly 20,000 commercial drivers.

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Entry-level driver training committee members, first meeting announced

The first meeting of the advisory committee is scheduled for Feb. 26-27 in D.C.; among members is owner-operator Bryan Spoon of North Carolina. NPRM hoped for by end of year.

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DOT begins audit of FMCSA’s compliance with 34-hour restart study requirements

The OIG says its objective is to “determine whether FMCSA’s design and implementation of the restart study complies with the requirements of the act.”

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OOIDA: Small biz regulatory bill good for owner-operators, small fleets

A bill making its way through Congress currently — most recently clearing the U.S. House — is being lauded by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association as a win for owner-operators and other small trucking companies.

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FMCSA concludes weighting crash fault in CSA rankings would be inconsequential, cumbersome

Incorporating crash accountability into the CSA carrier ranking program would not improve the DOT’s ability to target for intervention carriers most at risk for crashes, nor would it be easy to implement or cost-effective, FMCSA concluded.

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FMCSA wants you: Agency looking for drivers for hours-of-service study

The DOT’s trucking regulator is looking for a few good drivers to participate in the field study tied to December’s restart rollback law, the agency announced this week.

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FMCSA officially opens authority application process for Mexican carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially began Jan. 15 accepting applications for Mexican carriers to apply for authority to operate in the U.S. beyond the commercial border zone.

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Brake inspection blitz places 16.2% of vehicles out of service, up from 2013 rate

The percentage of vehicles placed out of service in 2014 jumped a few points from 2013’s record-low of 13.5 percent, but the percentage comes from a smaller sample size.

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