Regulations

FMCSA speeds work on raising carrier insurance minimums, slows on Safety Fitness scoring rule

The prospect of a proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule coming this year seems to have diminished, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made its work on producing a rule raising the minimum amount of liability insurance for carriers a higher priority, according to projected rule publication dates in a recent DOT report.

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Suit against Walmart in Tracy Morgan crash claims carrier violated hours rules, ‘negligent’ in oversight

Four survivors of the June 7 New Jersey Turnpike truck crash that left comedian James McNair dead and actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition are suing Walmart Transportation, claiming the private carrier was "careless and negligent" in its oversight of drivers and equipment, which led to the crash, the lawsuit alleges.

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Computer-assisted logs: To print or not to print

If you're using a mobile-device logging app or a laptop-based program for hours of service, don't leave those printers at home just yet.

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Smartphone, tablet logging apps no longer require printing or manual signatures, FMCSA says

Digital logs produced by smartphone, tablet or computer apps no longer have to be printed and signed manually by drivers, according to new guidance on digital logs issued by FMCSA.

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Cross-border update: Mexican carrier denied program entrance, FMCSA committee to evaluate program

An agency subcommittee meets this month to determine whether FMCSA met its objectives with the cross-border pilot program with Mexico. The agency also said this week the latest applicant to the program failed the pre-authorization safety audit.

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VIDEO: Part 2 of Mark White’s story

Mark White continues his story of how Old Time Express got out from their Conditional rating, truly earning the reinstatement to Satisfactory, he says.

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CSA’s Fallout: ‘Play the game’ to get out of the lockup

How the team at Old Time Express turned the lock open out of 'safety jail,' reversing its Conditional rating and winning back business.

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VIDEO: Old Time Express’ Mark White — a two-year regulatory odyssey, in his own words

White tells his story -- featured in the July 2014 issue of Overdrive -- of two years spent under the Conditional safety rating and the aftermath. Today, the Satisfactory-rated small fleet is running electronic logs.

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Are All-Makes Parts Right For You?

CSA’s Fallout: Trapped in a CSA nightmare

Part 1 of this story of how one small fleet operator got stuck in "safety jail" as a Conditional safety rating, a high BASIC score in hours and violations compounded and business vanished.

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In formal comments, OOIDA says e-log mandate not worth the cost, other trade groups supportive of rule

Trucking trade groups held their formal public comments on the proposed federal electronic logging device mandate until the waning hours, and each of the major ones fell as expected in terms of support or opposition.

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