DOT bill would nix state-mandated breaks for truckers, exempt livestock haulers from ELD mandate
The House’s 2018 DOT funding bill would bar states from requiring carriers to give drivers paid meal and rest breaks, spur FMCSA to adopt CSA reforms and exempt livestock and insect haulers from ELD compliance.
July 11, 2017
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.”
February 20, 2017
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 …
December 29, 2016
When the time bombs started going off: Channel 19 year in review, part 1
Indulge us as we run back through the rules, the regs, the rigs and the past, present and future of driver pay — all the rage with the “driver shortage” notion analyzed and discussed and thrown under the falling-fuel-surcharge bus. … And so much more Counting down the hours to 2017: 14, 13 …
December 27, 2016
FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with ‘enhanced investigative techniques’
‘EIT’ in the parlance of acronym-happy bureaucratese, Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services likened new investigative approaches of auditors to another EIT, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques — or ‘compliance-review waterboarding,’ so to speak …
December 16, 2016
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.
July 12, 2016
Stoking the log fires: Hours violations, fleet size and ELDs
The smallest carriers are feeling the heat of hours enforcement in select states, even as violations declined nationally in 2015.
July 11, 2016
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.
June 21, 2016
SFD’s ties to the ‘discredited’ CSA SMS: Just one ‘fatal flaw’ in safety-rating rulemaking, coalition argues
Got CSA fatigue? This one’s sure to tire you out, but take heed: the coalition of mostly small carrier-interest groups that’s been active this past year on a variety of regulatory fronts sees numerous problems in the FMCSA’s SFD proposal.
June 2, 2016
Owner-operators, industry groups weigh in on proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule
The resounding sentiment from most that submitted comments on the rule was that the FMCSA is getting ahead of itself by issuing the rulemaking before the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System has been reviewed and its problems worked out.
June 1, 2016
How ELDs could be the new radar guns
If the SFD process as proposed becomes regulation, and the ELD mandate isn’t struck down by the federal courts or otherwise derailed, on-site auditors may garner an extra-effective tool in their arsenal for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis of hours, moving violations.
May 26, 2016
Data-mining firm: Safety rating rule not much of an improvement over current system
A new analysis by the CSA data-mining firm Vigillo concludes the SFD’s roadside-data-only methodology to determine an unfit carrier is ineffective “in identifying a significant number of riskier carriers based on the data alone.”
May 23, 2016
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