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Two New Violations Added to CSA System

Posted on August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013

 

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The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) website, safer.fmcsa.dot.gov, has added two new violations to its system. The changes are listed below:

  • A violation of the 30 minute break requirement now brings a 7-point severity weight to a carrier’s Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) score.
  • It now brings a 3-point severity weight to a carrier’s BASIC if they are found to be in possession of alcohol during a roadside inspection. The use of alcohol remains a 5-point violation.

 

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FMCSA Responds to Court Decision on HOS; Clarifies Definition of Short-Haul Driver

Posted on August 09, 2013

August 9, 2013

 

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In response to a recent court ruling, the FMCSA has announced that effective immediately they will no longer be enforcing the 30 minute rest break provision against any driver that qualifies as a short-haul driver. The FMCSA is also encouraging state and local enforcement agencies to refrain from enforcing this rule on short-haul drivers.

According to a recent statement released by the FMCSA, a driver is considered “short-haul” if they meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • The driver is Non-CDL and operates within a 150 air-mile radius of the location where the driver reports for duty and satisfies the time limitations and recordkeeping requirements of 395.1(e)(2)
  • The driver has a CDL and operates within 100 air-miles of their normal work reporting location and satisfies the time limitations and recordkeeping requirements of 395.1(e)(1)

 

To read the FMCSA’s full statement, click here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/hos/30-Minute-Guidance.pdf

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U.S. Court of Appeals Rejects 30 Minute Break Requirement for Short-haul Drivers, Upholds All Other HOS Provisions

Posted on August 05, 2013

August 5, 2013

 

 

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The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers. A short-haul driver is defined by FMCSA as one who either operates a vehicle that does not require a CDL or who operates within a 150-mile radius of the location where the driver reports to and is released from.

Other provisions of the new Hours-of-Service(HOS) rule, including the 34-hour restart rule, were upheld.

 

To read more about this topic, click here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/02/us/trucker-regulations-appeal/index.html

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Four Congressmen Seek to Block New Hours of Service Regulations

Posted on July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

 

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Richard Hanna (R-NY), Tom Rice (R-SC), Trey Radel (R-FL) and Todd Rokita (R-IL) are encouraging House members to support an amendment that would temporarily block the new hours-of-service regulations that were put into effect July 1st by the FMCSA. The amendment would prohibit funding for the FMCSA to implement, administer, or enforce the new hours of service regulations for commercial drivers.

The congressmen believe that the new regulations decrease driver

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View Our Webinar on YouTube: Impact of Owner Operator Reclassification and DOL Audit Processes

Posted on July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013

 

 

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Our latest webinar is now available to view on YouTube.

This brief, educational web seminar is presented by subject matter expert, John P. Kellenberger, Esq., who discusses the recent legislative efforts to reclassify owner-operators, as well as the DOL audit process.

This is the second of a quarterly series of educational webinars brought to you by the trucking experts at Interstate Motor Carriers/Capacity Agency, LLC.

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Bill to Raise Truck Insurance Minimum from $750,000 to $4.422 Million is Introduced to Congress

Posted on July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

 

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Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Penn) introduced a bill on Friday that would raise the required insurance minimum for motor carriers. The current insurance minimum of $750,000 was established by Congress in 1980 and has not been adjusted since. The new bill would increase the minimum requirement to $4.422 million and would also tie the future minimum requirement to the cost of medical care inflation.

A recent study conducted by the Trucking Alliance showed that 42% of the dollar settlements paid by trucking companies between 2005 and 2011 for motor vehicle accidents exceeded the minimum insurance requirement. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on its own analysis of the insurance standard, as required by a highway law that Congress passed last year.

 

 

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FMCSA grants $1 Million to Train Veterans for Trucking Jobs

Posted on July 18, 2013

July 18, 2013

 

 

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced several new grants that amount to approximately $1 million. The grants are aimed at helping veterans and military families train for jobs in the transportation industry.

The grants were awarded to the following six colleges as part of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) grant program:

  • Grays Harbor College – Aberdeen, WA
  • Long Beach Community College – Long Beach, CA
  • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College – Orangeburg, SC
  • Lone Star College – Woodlands, TX
  • Century College – White Bear Lake, MN
  • Joliet Junior College – Joliet, Ill

The Bureau of Labor Statistics considers commercial trucking as a high-demand job, with more than 300,000 additional positions expected by 2020.

 

To read more on this topic, click here: http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/fmcsa-grants-1-million-train-veterans-trucking-jobs

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ATA will Host a Technology Summit in Dallas, December 4-6

Posted on July 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

 

 

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The American Trucking Associations said it will host a summit later this year to focus on how fleets can improve their performance using technology and data analysis.

The conference titled “Technology-Driven Performance, Analytics and Answers” is set for December 4-6 and will feature sessions on improving fleet efficiency, using analytics and communications to bolster the supply chain,

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FMCSA Proposes Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Posted on July 11, 2013

July 11, 2013

 

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan in a recent report to Congress.

The plan aims to identify drivers who pose the highest safety risk and to target them for enforcement. The new plan would build on the FMCSA’s current CSA Driver Program.

 

To read more about the new plan, click here: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/congress-reports/Driver-Fitness-Report-June-2013-508.pdf

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ATRI Launches Fatigue Management Website for Commercial Drivers

Posted on July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

 

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The American Transportation Research Institute announced that it has launched a website for its new program, The North

American Fatigue Management Program.

The website, www.nafmp.com, provides free information on screening sleep disorders, fatigue management technologies and how to develop corporate culture to reduce driver fatigue.

The website is a result of a decade of research, development, and testing by the ATRI.

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