SMS

Next steps for CSA — scores behind the curtain or not?

Will the FMCSA press forward with CSA SMS changes to bring scores back to public view or allow the SMS to remain a "half-baked solution sitting in the dark"? For the ASECTT group, there could be a third way forward for the agency...

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Between cynicism and hope: Readers, associations weigh in on ramifications of CSA study

While many readers were cynical about the entire project, associations from OOIDA to ATA were hopeful that the National Academies' CSA revision recommendations would be taken seriously by the FMCSA.

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Update: Safety review continues trend toward the negative, non-ratable

Tom Sanderson of Transplace and the ASECTT group is right in some ways about FMCSA having "doubled down" on its post-CSA policy, particularly with respect to how it conducts safety audits in this day and age. Latest ratings-issued numbers here.

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ASECTT group presses ahead on CSA, safety rating reform and other issues

In addition to its chief concern over reliance on CSA SMS scores in safety assessment, ASECTT now turns attention to reform of the safety-audit system and federal preemption of state wage/hour laws and independent contractor classification, among other issues.

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Details on out-of-service conditions related to ELDs, come December 18

CVSA's new ELD-related out-of-service conditions are actually footnotes regarding current OOS violations having to do with hours of service.

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ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

"One thing you come to learn around here is when there is the same highlighted handwritten memo on every table of the drivers' room, in the company newsletter, on the shop bulletin board, even on the inner door of the bathroom stall, somebody done messed up good. ..."

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High driver turnover correlated with higher OOS, crash volumes and CSA scores

Data firm Vigillo found a close correlation between high turnover and generally more negative carrier numbers in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's compliance rating program. Also: FAST Act CSA requirements update -- suggested CSA changes expected late Spring/early Summer.

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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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A little learnin’ and its opposite: Channel 19 year in review, part 2

Part 2 in this year in review picks up with Wes Memphis' transition to e-logs and plenty "unlearning" to be done ...

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Fighting tickets: Don’t forget DataQs to clear your PSP/CSA record

While prospective employers/lessors aren’t strictly required to use FMCSA's PSP reports to view prospective drivers’ roadside inspection violations and recordable crashes, plenty do. Any violation marked on an inspection report will be included there going back three years, and any crash, five years.

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