The power of video evidence in fighting tickets, DataQs challenges
Courtroom crash dissembling and drama can be cut as with a sharp knife by good video evidence that proves your case, as this example from a Virginia bulk hauler shows clearly. It helps a speedy DataQs challenge, too.
April 1, 2021
CSA's Data Trail
The toughest 15 states for lights violations, one of the 2021 Roadcheck emphases
Here are the top 15 states when it comes to a propensity to issue lights-related violations. And data also point to both 2021 Roadcheck enforcement-emphasis areas in Georgia, Vermont and Nevada.
March 4, 2021
CSA's Data Trail
Toughest 15 states for hours of service violations
With news today of the hours-of-service-related focus on the planned Roadcheck event – this year set for May 4-6, a month sooner than past traditional month of June – keep in mind these states for especially close hours enforcement.
February 2, 2021
Preventable, or not: How to DataQ for FMCSA’s crash review program
Learn more about things to consider during the DataQ process of submitting a review through the FMCSA's crash preventability determination program here.
May 20, 2020
In defense of truckers? FMCSA interim boss Jim Mullen says he’s committed to hours of service reforms
FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen notes the hours of service regulations need modification to benefit truck drivers. More information here on Overdrive.
February 25, 2020
Updated: Maintenance know-how to help stay ahead of inspectors
From tires and brakes to air and emissions systems, we've compiled the best truck maintenance tips to help keep your rig passing inspections and hauling strong.
February 14, 2020
False log! or: Another name for ‘7.2 miles South of Chaparral, N.M.’
Small fleet owner Leander Richmond’s ongoing battle over a false-log violation that seems to stem from a dispute over just where ‘7.2 miles S of Chaparral, N.M.” happens to be. While officers are human like the rest of us, he appreciates, “by the same token, once you’re handed proof that you screwed up, fix it and the world just keeps on spinning.” If only …
October 7, 2019
Comment period on CSA crash accountability proposal closes today
Under the proposed rule, non-preventable crashes would be removed from carriers’ Crash Indicator BASIC percentile ranking. Currently, crashes deemed non-preventable still remain in the system with a non-preventable notation.
October 3, 2019
Report: Plan to overhaul CSA scoring faces major hurdles
FMCSA’s plan to rework its Compliance, Safety, Accountability safety scoring program overall is sound, but potential major challenges could impede the agency’s ability to implement its plan and to shore up CSA’s ability to accurately assess carriers’ safety performance.
September 27, 2019
Do we need a rulemaking on crash ‘preventability’ as a standard for removal from carrier scores?
Yes, according to the Motor Carrier Regulatory Reform coalition. Too many around the industry conflate “preventability” with fault, creating blowback potential particularly for truckers with accidents on their record for which they have no legal liability yet that get deemed “preventable” and labeled as such.
September 5, 2019
DOT moves to add a form of crash accountability to CSA system
If the proposed program is made final, carriers — including owner-operators — will be able to dispute certain types of crashes via the existing DataQs system and potentially have the associated points and weighting removed from their Crash Indicator BASIC ranking in CSA.
July 31, 2019
Resurgent rebellion against the prospect of CSA scores returning to public view
A loose coalition of groups such as the Motor Carriers for Regulatory Reform, the ASECTT group, NASTC and many others have been the most vocal speaking out against the draft language in a DOT funding bill in the House to return CSA SMS scores to public view.
June 19, 2019
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