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DOT rule to implement new carrier rating system published, FMCSA seeking comment

FMCSA has published a proposed rule that would reform the way it rates carriers and determines their overall safety fitness to operate, and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal for 60 days.

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FMCSA issues rule proposal to tie safety rating directly to inspections, violations

Another month, another major rule proposed by FMCSA: The SFD rule would revamp the three-tier safety rating program to incorporate roadside inspection/violation data in addition to investigations and update monthly.

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Merry Christmas to the rat king

"Dear FMCSA, Happy holidays, from a small business trucking family!" ...

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At least 30 hours behind the wheel: Pre-CDL driver-training rulemaking committee issues ‘consensus’ recommendation

Two dissenting votes on the committee -- from NASTC and ATA -- open the door for FMCSA to not pursue an training rulemaking, but signs suggest that they will.

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Results: Perfecting the ‘hours of service wish list’

With the hours of service rule continuing to dominate the national trucking-safety conversation, readers weigh in with a top-five of hours of service wish list items, change ideas to improve safety.

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One ring to get you suspended

"I get the concern with threats... I do not, however, get why suspending a fourth grade kid for telling his classmate he was going to 'render him invisible with the One Ring' is OK."

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Safety will be the death of us

"Progress of the species is retarded when there is no failure. You can't keep someone safe from themselves: no matter how many rules you impose, there are human beings out there who will continue to test the limits. "

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Take advantage of CARB’s comment period by April 21

"This is by no means a 'done deal,'" notes Joe Rajkovacz of the CCTA. "Truckers need to participate in the public-comment process – even show up at the Board meeting if they can."

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Running around Cali: Martin Jez’ 1988 Pete cabover

California-based owner-operator Jez realized he'd need to upgrade his emissions system in the near term -- he delayed the need by, well, buying old.

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CSA/PSP: Due process, access key operator concerns

Diving into the issues surrounding operators' access to information being collected about their businesses by DOT and due process concerns with dismissed citations/violations.

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