safety rating

Alert to DOT: Industry shows unity against safety-rating change in light of CSA’s problems

Alert to DOT: Industry shows unity against safety-rating change in light of CSA's problems

A recent letter, urging DOT to scrap the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking as premature, brings in a large variety of state and private industry associations as signatories, including ATA, OOIDA, NASTC and WSTA. The broad nature of the coalition should "indicate how seriously everyone views this issue."

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When the time bombs started going off: Channel 19 year in review, part 1

Indulge us as we run back through the rules, the regs, the rigs and the past, present and future of driver pay -- all the rage with the "driver shortage" notion analyzed and discussed and thrown under the falling-fuel-surcharge bus. ... And so much more Counting down the hours to 2017: 14, 13 ...

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FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with ‘enhanced investigative techniques’

FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with 'enhanced investigative techniques'

'EIT' in the parlance of acronym-happy bureaucratese, Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services likened new investigative approaches of auditors to another EIT, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques -- or 'compliance-review waterboarding,' so to speak ...

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How the potential gold mine of ELD data could hurt you

How the potential gold mine of ELD data could hurt you

The precision and quantity of ELD data available after the mandate could, combined with a new safety-rating scheme, give on-site auditors an extra-effective tool for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis not only of uncovered hours violations, but also moving violations.

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Stoking the log fires: Hours violations, fleet size and ELDs

Stoking the log fires: Hours violations, fleet size and ELDs

The smallest carriers are feeling the heat of hours enforcement in select states, even as violations declined nationally in 2015.

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Owner-operators, industry groups weigh in on proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule

Owner-operators, industry groups weigh in on proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule

The resounding sentiment from most that submitted comments on the rule was that the FMCSA is getting ahead of itself by issuing the rulemaking before the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System has been reviewed and its problems worked out.

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How ELDs could be the new radar guns

How ELDs could be the new radar guns

If the SFD process as proposed becomes regulation, and the ELD mandate isn't struck down by the federal courts or otherwise derailed, on-site auditors may garner an extra-effective tool in their arsenal for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis of hours, moving violations.

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Data-mining firm: Safety rating rule not much of an improvement over current system

Data-mining firm: Safety rating rule not much of an improvement over current system

A new analysis by the CSA data-mining firm Vigillo concludes the SFD's roadside-data-only methodology to determine an unfit carrier is ineffective "in identifying a significant number of riskier carriers based on the data alone."

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Proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule comment period closes May 23

Proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule comment period closes May 23

The SFD rule would replace the current three-tier federal rating system of “Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory” for carriers with a single determination of “Unfit,” which would require the carrier to either improve its operations or shut down.

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

'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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