FMCSA

FMCSA-approved med examiners coming to truck stops nationwide, group announces

The newly formed Truck Stop Health Care announced Sept. 23 it will be placing certified medical examiners in truck stops in every U.S. state. TSHC says the move will help drivers more easily access DOT-certified medical examiners to perform the federally required bi-yearly physical.

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House introduces bill directing FMCSA to fix CSA, remove scores from public view

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House to require FMCSA to remove from public view the carrier rankings and scores produced in the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program from public view.

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DOT, FMCSA sued for not producing driver training rule in last 20 years

A coalition of highway safety and labor advocates have brought a federal lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and FMCSA for not heeding Congressional requirements to produce an entry-level driver training rule.

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More trucking groups call on FMCSA to remove CSA scores from public view

Several more trucking groups have called on DOT head Anthony Foxx to remove carriers’ safety data and Compliance, Safety, Accountability rankings from public view, saying the agency uses data that has “statistical flaws” to produce the Safety Measurement System rankings within CSA.

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What will a mandatory minimum insurance hike cost an owner-operator?

Liability insurance, particularly for new owner-operator businesses, can rank number one for in fixed costs for an independent without a truck payment -- $10K a year or more for a new business. If you've boosted your total coverage amount from $750K or $1 million upward in recent years, how much more did you subsequently pay in premiums?

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Guilty until proven innocent: Answering key sleep-apnea questions

As new medical certification processes come into play, more drivers are being asked to get sleep apnea testing. Some are asking questions, getting varied answers – and being taken off the road prematurely.

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Speed limiters not ‘worth the hassle': More voices on potential mandate

Michael Goodman, among others: "Forcing speed limiters will make roads less safe and be another unnecessary cost to the millions of truck owners in the United States."

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Agency to study driver pay connection to safety

Does driver pay correlate with safety? FMCSA announced Aug. 28 it hopes to find an answer to that question.

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Will FMCSA ‘un-ring’ the CSA alarm?

Reader Thomas Little may best have paraphrased the thoughts of many: With CSA, "FMCSA fully intended" to "let the industry do their policing for them. Spoon-feed the detailed data into the marketplace to drive consumer choice of motor carrier ... and then stand back and pretend that wasn't how CSA was supposed to be used... They won't be able to unring that bell."

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Coercion rule comments: Hours still the problem, ‘coercion’ needs definition

Common themes of regulatory criticism popped up often in the public comments offered on DOT's proposed driver coercion prohibition rule, like the new pressures and restrictions caused by the agency’s 2013 hours-of-service rule and holding shippers, receivers and brokers accountable.

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