FMCSA

FMCSA updates definition of ‘high risk’ carrier, changes intervention priorities

The new definition will include fewer carriers. But those carriers, once the change is in place, will be at a higher crash risk than the carriers currently deemed high risk, says FMCSA. Here's how FMCSA will now define "high risk carriers" ...

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Carrier ‘absolute measure’ scores return to five CSA categories

Each carrier's CSA SMS profile now includes in its public view each carrier's "absolute measure" score in five of the seven BASIC categories of analysis.

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Owner-operators, public get an extra 60 days to comment on new carrier rating system proposal

FMCSA has extended the comment period for the Safety Fitness Determination rule proposal 60 days, until May 23. The rule would do away with the Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory ratings and replace it with a simple fit or unfit rating.

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When the blind lead the blind

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have our new administrator! ... The potato chip has more experience than anyone else in the agency, because it's actually been on a truck before."

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34-hour restart: Readers weigh in on options for its future

With the 34-hour restart remaining in complicated limbo, the results of the polling show that the largest share of Overdrive readers prefer the restart to, simply, remain as it is in the hours of service rules.

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Senate committee approves Darling’s FMCSA nomination

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved T.F. Scott Darling III's nomination to be the next head of the FMCSA Thursday, and he will await the confirmation of the full Senate to take the position.

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Roadside inspections saved 472 lives in 2012, FMCSA says; Firm contends figures should be higher

More than 470 lives were saved in 2012 due to roadside inspections and traffic enforcement inspections of commercial vehicles, according to data released this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, that number could have been higher, says TransComply, had FMCSA not dropped heavily reduced the number of enforcement inspections in the six years preceding 2012.

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FMCSA’s electronic-log ‘self-certified’ device registry raises enforcement questions

A talk with the first ELD provider listed on FMCSA registry of devices -- and more on the registry itself, listing on which doesn't constitute agency "approval," in the end.

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FMCSA chief Scott Darling’s nomination could proceed in Senate on Thursday

A Senate committee is scheduled to vote on whether to advance President Obama's nomination of Darling to head FMCSA. Darling must still be confirmed by the full Senate before becoming FMCSA's administrator.

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CVSA to FMCSA: Scale back on hours and other exemptions

The burden being placed on roadside inspectors by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is becoming excessive, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says, because of the large number of exemptions being granted to drivers and carriers.

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