Breaking News: FMCSA Kills SFD Changes!

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The FMCSA just announced that it is withdrawing its controversial safety fitness determination (SFD) rulemaking issued in January 2016 and will also cancel plans to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) announced back in January to help support the SFD effort. Per the FMCSA: “The new methodology would have determined when a motor carrier is not fit to…

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Breaking News: CVSA RoadCheck 2017

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place on June 6-8.   Over the 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in the US, Mexico and Canada will conduct about 73,000 truck or bus inspections. On average, around 17 inspections per minute will be completed during the safety blitz.  …

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Disrupting DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing

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Too many trucking companies are at risk of being shut down due to their DOT drug and alcohol testing programs (or lack of having one)! The evidence is clear when we are still seeing around 45% of all acute compliance violations being related to drug and alcohol regulations. While other management programs currently exist and…

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Fleet Safety Program Essentials

Fleet Safety Program Essentails

An effective fleet safety program is a critical part of any organization’s risk management planning. This is especially important because transportation related incidents account for over 40% of all fatal workplace injuries. Though there are tons of free resources out there, I haven’t found many that hold a match to one that I recently read. Though…

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Truck Parking Search Costs Drivers $5k Year

ATRI ‘parking diaries’ reveal ELDs make finding parking more difficult

Truck parking and Hours of Service issues took 3 of the top 4 spots in the 2016 annual list of industry concerns. A recently released study of the issues at hand adds a bit more clarity to the situation. Due to industry regulations, truck drivers only have about 12.5 hours of available time to drive…

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FMCSA Maintains 25% Drug Testing Rate

FMCSA calls for 25 percent of truckers to be drug tested in 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just announced that it will maintain its current 25 percent random drug testing rate of truck operators in 2017. In 2016, the FMCSA lowered the minimum required drug testing rate from 50 percent to 25 percent. This continued lower rate stems from three consecutive calendar years (2012- 2014) of…

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FMCSA, Some States Sharpen Audit Teeth

FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with ‘enhanced investigative techniques’

From Todd Dills via Over Drive Magazine: In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offered a dark valentine to motorcoach/bus companies with announcement of its “Operation Quick Strike” enforcement sweep of such companies, during which it deployed investigative teams to target companies deemed “high-risk” by FMCSA terms. Those terms at the time defined a…

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Breaking News! ELD Mandate Stands!

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The 3 member panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just blew the last death knell to the OOIDA’s attempts to block the onslaught of the ELD showing up to a truck near you soon. In their decision, the judges shut out each of the OOIDA’s arguments against the legality of the electronic logging…

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2016 CVSA Roadcheck Results Are In!

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The results of the CVSA’s 2016 Roadcheck are in! The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts a 72 hour long inspection blitz on roadways across North America each year. The blitz occurred on June 7-9th this year. During this time period, law enforcement officers typically conduct an average of 15 vehicle inspections per minute! This…

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FMCSA Gives Congress the Bird over SMS

With an unapologetic arm and middle finger extended towards Capitol Hill, the FMCSA recently announced their required planned “changes” to the SMS or Safety Measurement System. The SMS is the scorecard that is used to monitor how safe a motor carrier operates. Basically, the system analyzes a trucking company’s roadside inspection and crash data to…

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