inspections

Performance-based brake testers (PBBTs) and liquid freight

If you haul liquid bulk, whether in a tanker or in totes, the difficulty of obtaining accurate weights at each wheel end with a PBBT during inspection often produces errors in readings.

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CVSA ad hoc committee hashing out an ‘electronic inspection’ definition

Defining the parameters of a potential new North American Standard Electronic Inspection could pave the way for such inspections to then be considered for credit within the CSA scoring system.

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‘A broken system’: Small fleet owner on CSA, SFD reliance on roadside inspections, violations

Hazmat, securement violations for a two-gallon tote holding spare oil? Check. Bob Delullo's thoughts on CSA and the proposed SFD rule are a variation on the "garbage in, garbage out" phrase to describe systems doomed by the component parts on which they are based.

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CVSA’s annual Roadcheck inspection spree to focus on tire safety

Inspectors will be measuring tire tread depth, checking tire pressure, checking to make sure no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tires to ensure no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls.

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Ark. installing virtual weigh station on U.S. 64

"Dodging the scale" on I-40 near Alma, Ark., might well get a little bit tougher, according to reports that the state is building a "virtual weigh station" on U.S. 64 in the area.

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POLL: Future for ‘fatigued driving’ enforcement?

Could DWF (driving while fatigued) be treated like DUI? Will technologies emerge enabling real-time monitoring in-cab to eventually give way to an entirely new approach to the hours of service? Which of these (or other) scenarios do you think might be most likely in the future ....

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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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‘Absolute measure’ scores to return to public CSA SMS with next update

Contrary to prior reports, FMCSA is not done with substantive additions to the interim CSA SMS public display -- carriers' "absolute measures," which underly the hidden percentiles in each BASIC category, will return in March to public view.

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Drivewyze to run four-state ‘e-inspection’ field demonstration

Drivewyze's e-inspection test will be expediting Level 3 driver inspections on lanes in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania in cooperation with enforcement departments and truckers running those areas.

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POLL: Do you see a benefit to Wireless Roadside Inspection?

With technology in the test phase, questions remains as to safety credit/violation policy as well as whether any Wireless Roadside Inspection program would be voluntary or not -- what's your take on potential benefits/drawbacks of any future program today?

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