Todd Spencer

Readers debate New Entrant test

While a majority were positive about FMCSA's plan to introduce regs testing into the process for obtaining operating authority, questions as to the scope of test questions remained as the second federal listening session on the subject approached.

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Audio: Rich Wilson at MCSAC — ‘We need to hear more from drivers’

Though any FLSA reform wouldn't apply directly to owner-operators, some have made the argument that improved pay conditions for company drivers and corresponding rate-dynamics changes would filter positively throughout the industry.

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Driver shortage: Countdown to a capacity crunch, and a boost in rates?

Is higher driver compensation just around the corner? This series -- part 1 available here -- looks at the tightening of the employment market for drivers, and the potential for a rate boost.

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Industry, safety advocates split on CSA ‘work in progress’

The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's 10-member CSA subcommittee issued recommendations with no small amount of dissent on the issues of crash fault and CSA scores' public display.

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CSA’s batting average: MCSAC snapshot

The program has hit one out of the park in getting carriers' attention, but MCSAC CSA Subcommittee members point to more strikeouts than base hits.

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Obama, Romney show no substance on fuel prices

Take two of the Obama-Romney 2012 debate season offered no substance on the role of government in fuel prices, despite current efforts to rein in speculation: ultimately, there's a reason for that.

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Much to change, much to talk about: CSA

The August 2012 MCSAC meeting saw a robust debate centered around the CSA programs flaws and ways to correct them. Here find a few bright (and in some cases dark) moments from the dialogue.

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CSA: DataQs reform, more debated by MCSAC

Other top issues the MCSAC will address at its first special CSA Subcommittee meeting in October were fundamental questions of its effectiveness and goals.

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Mexican carriers’ EOBRs flag hours ‘violations’

FMCSA Associate Administrator Bill Quade updated the MCSAC August 27 on progress in the U.S. Mexican cross-border trucking program.

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EOBR mandate, CSA rating proposals coming early 2013

FMCSA looks to have electronic log rule in place by October 2013.

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