Regulations

Study finds 2013 restart restrictions negatively impacted safety

"Regulations should serve to improve safety, not create additional safety risks." --Maverick's Dean Newell on the 2013-implemented restart restrictions.

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POLL: Where do you stand on industry call to remove CSA scores from public view?

Should carriers' CSA SMS percentile rankings/scores be removed from public view? Weigh in via this poll.

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The Roadcheck effect

Take a visit to the mechanic? Go through the truck with a fine-toothed comb? ... How do you prepare for the annual 72-hour inspection blitz? It's coming soon -- June 2-4.

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As speed limiter rule nears, OOIDA and ATA butt heads over regulating truck speeds

With a proposed rule to mandate the use of speed limiters on heavy trucks looming in the coming months, two of the trucking industry's biggest lobbying groups reiterated last week their stances on the rulemaking.

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GAO studying FMCSA predictions vs. reality on hours rule, ATA says in regulatory, legislative update

Dave Osiecki, the American Trucking Associations’ head of regulatory affairs, said the results of the GAO’s study are expected in the coming months. Osiecki and Chris Spears, ATA’s head of legislative affairs, offered a regulatory and legislative update April 24.

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Texas Trucking Association president calls for speed limit reduction

And readers sound off on speed in the wake of South Dakota's early-April introduction of an 80-mph top speed limit.

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Rewarding owner-operators for safety? FMCSA looking at ‘Beyond Compliance’ incentive program

Incentives proposed by FMCSA include credit on CSA scores, credit on ISS scores and fewer roadside inspections.

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FMCSA still looking for truck operators to participate in 34-hour restart study

FMCSA is still on the prowl for drivers who regularly use a 34-hour hours-of-service restart in their workweek, the agency announced this week, as part of its research into comparing 2013 hours-of-service stipulations to those prior.

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Biodiesel in crosshairs of lawsuit against Minnesota’s B10 blend mandate

Plaintiffs contend the mandate "denies consumers in Minnesota access to the diesel fuel recommended for most diesel passenger vehicles and light trucks," typically up to B5, while also raising costs for heavy trucks fueling in the state.

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Bye-bye CSA scores? Another group calls for removal of public carrier rankings

The Transportation Intermediaries Association has become the latest organization to call on the DOT to remove from public view the carrier percentile rankings in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability trucking regulatory program, saying it has “serious concerns” about the scores’ methodology and correlation (or lack thereof) to crash risk.

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