SMS

Do you carry CVSA’s out-of-service criteria book?

Former inspector/officer Andy Blair argues the book is anyone's best resource for challenging an out-of-service violation -- and an effective tool for other challenges as well. If only its electronic version was free, readers note...

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Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes

FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of "data-insufficient" carriers -- i.e. those who haven't been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores -- to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.

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Washington state: Putting the move on moving violations, logs

The one-two combination of hours of service and traffic enforcement packs the biggest punch for Washington State -- with a technology assist.

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Mere inches of a near miss: Quick evasive action saves truck from sure disaster

This dashcam vid comes from the Connecticut-based 250-truck Bozzuto's fleet. Says Tom Halpin, transportation safety manager at Bozzuto’s: "In the words of the driver," one of Bozzuto's most senior, "'I don't know if fell asleep or was distracted.' It was mere inches in a near miss."

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Comment period opens for proposed CSA changes, FMCSA hosting Q&A sessions

the main changes available for preview include lowering intervention thresholds for some SMS categories, raising the threshold in one BASIC and making the Hazmat BASIC public. The agency also has proposed upping the minimum number of crashes needed before registering a Crash Indicator BASIC ranking.

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Owner-ops can preview altered CSA scores based on FMCSA’s proposed changes

Changes to intervention thresholds, BASIC ratings, crash figures and more are on deck, FMCSA says, and carriers can preview the changes to their own SMS ratings here...

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Credit for clean: ‘Finishing the job’ on violation-free inspections

Mississippi far exceeding all states when it comes to helping truckers by issuing clean inspections. According to state officials, that could change with some more precise targeting in the future.

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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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FMCSA announces plan to allow owner-operators to contest non-preventable crashes used against them in CSA scores

The plan floated by FMCSA on July 7 will allow carriers to contest crashes counted against them in CSA and potentially remove those deemed non-preventable by the driver and carrier. The industry has long called for some form of "crash accountability" in CSA.

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Comments due Thursday for controversial Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule

The reply comment period for FMCSA's proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule ends Thursday. Since the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in January, it has been met with opposition, not only from trucking industry groups, but also Congress.

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