CVSA

Let the 14-hour conversations … begin?

'Continue' rather than 'begin' is probably the best word to describe what's been at the forefront of hours-change debate for years now. Voices here following OOIDA's lodging of a petition to the FMCSA to add an up-to-three-hour off-duty pause to extend the clock.

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ELD mandate meets reality

Increasingly, mandated ELDs are highlighting inadequacies of the hours of service rule. But "rules are rules," note watchers. Regarding the wiggle room that drivers enjoyed with paper logs, there is no quick tweaking of hours today in the cards that would restore that unofficial flexibility.

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CVSA ELD inspection bulletin, updates to older AOBRD bulletin

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has added an inspection bulletin outlining officer and driver responsibilities during inspections of hours of service when the driver is using an electronic logging device, among other bulletin updates. 

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CVSA driver-of-the-year nomination deadline Jan. 12

Fewer than two weeks remain before the deadline for the 2018 International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA) program conducted by the trucking industry/enforcement partnership that is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Nomination packets must be received by next Friday, Jan. 12, CVSA emphasizes.

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More clean inspections: Enforcement change or improved compliance?

Both enforcement-practice changes and, veteran officers suggest, improved operations on the part of truckers are responsible for clean inspections' recent rise.

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A silver lining: Clean inspections on the rise

In Overdrive’s annual CSA’s Data Trail update, after a few years of decline in the totals overall, inspections increased by more than 4 percent. Fortunately for operators, those additional thousands of inspections can be attributed in part to an influx of inspections that contained no violation.

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CVSA asks for updates to inspection-report processes for the digital age

Many state jurisdictions, CVSA says, " do not have the manpower to follow up on unreturned inspection reports. For these jurisdictions, the practice of receiving returned inspection reports creates a paperwork burden with no clear value or purpose. Meanwhile, motor carriers spend time and resources certifying, returning and storing inspection reports that are not being used by many of the recipients."

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Truckers rack up nearly 39,000 warnings, citations during Operation Safe Driver Week

Truckers were given 30,714 warnings and 8,164 citations during the enforcement blitz, 84.2 percent of which were for state and local moving violations. Speeding accounted for 7.4 percent of violations.

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ELDs: What to expect from enforcement as the mandate descends

As of Dec. 18, states and their federal truck enforcement partners will begin issuing violations and citations, in some cases with fines, to those subject to the electronic logging device mandate who aren’t using e-logs. Practices will vary considerably for log checks with those devices.

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Brake Safety Day inspection blitz resulted in nearly 1,700 trucks placed out-of-service

In total, inspectors in the U.S. and Canada inspected 7,698 commercial vehicles during the one-day event, and 22 percent were placed out-of-service for violations. Fourteen percent (or 1,064) of the 7,698 inspected vehicles had brake-related violations.

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