FMCSA

MCSAC to get new chairman — and a little CSA deja vu

Ever wonder what FMCSA's current administrator sounds like? Hear him reveal the incoming MCSAC advisory committee chair here. Also: No wonder trucking went to Congress over CSA, and more from D.C....

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NTSB says FMCSA oversight, hands-free phone usage to blame for violent 2013 crash (with video)

FMCSA should restrict the hands-free use of portable electronics and lapsed in its oversight of a problematic carrier, according to a recent report by NTSB, who says both factors contributed to a May 2013 truck/train crash that caused a train derailment that led to an explosion.

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Agency action on increasing insurance will give truckers, public extra comment period

The upcoming rule to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance that carriers and brokers must carry will have an additional step that allows fleets and owner-operators another chance to offer formal comment on the rule.

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Questions remain for cross-border trucking as pilot program nears end

With the expiration of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico coming Oct. 14, both the future of cross-border trucking and the effectiveness of the agency's three-year test are unclear.

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+25 percent: What double the liability insurance coverage will likely cost

One insurance rep cites a likely 25 percent increase in premiums for independent owner-operators boosting $1 million liability coverage to $2M. More on FMCSA's expected insurance-hike proposal here.

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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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