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FMCSA Ends Cross-Border Pilot, Grants Authority to Mexican Carriers

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Regulatory, Safety

  The Mexican truck lines that have been providing long-distance, cross-border service under a federal pilot program will move to normal operating status. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is ending the 3-year pilot program and granting authority to the carriers, pending final reports on the program from an advisory committee and the Transportation Department’s Inspector General. “In the interim, based upon successful completion of the program, as well as a review of safety and inspection data collected during the program, the Department has converted the 13 participants to provisional or standard operating authority, allowing those carriers to continue to operate in the United States,” the agency said in a statement. The Mexican carriers in the pilot program are running 55 vehicles with either permanent or provisional authority. The latest FMCSA report shows that these trucks...

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Operation Safe Driver: Traffic enforcement goes into high gear Oct. 19-25

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Regulatory, Safety

  The annual Operation Safe Driver program of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in collaboration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and industry kicks off Sunday, Oct. 19, nationwide. The program, created to “help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars,” was first held in the year 2007. During the week of October 19-25, enforcement agencies across North America will conduct heightened traffic safety enforcement aimed at unsafe behavior of drivers of both cars and commercial motor vehicles. Boosted truck roadside inspections, safety belt enforcement, and others activities aimed at improving driver regulatory compliance can be expected. RelatedCSA’s Distorted Rankings, Part 1: CSA’s flawed scoring doesn’t stop third parties from judging carriersThree and a half years after Compliance Safety Accountability began its radical scrambling of how trucking safety is regulated...

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Wireless roadside inspections enter field testing phase

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in Safety, Technology

  Beginning in December 2015, up to 1,000 drivers will have their logbooks, licenses and other credentials inspected by the Department of Transportation while moving at highway speed. The reward for a clean inspection? Keep on rolling. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been working to make a concept called wireless roadside inspection (WRI) reality for a number of years. The project is entering its third and final phase called a field operational test (FOT). Innovative Software Engineering (ISE) is a company that offers telematics and custom software development services. The FMCSA recently awarded a three-year FOT project to ISE to evaluate the viability of WRI for commercial motor vehicles. In 2010, ISE participated in the pilot phase of the WRI program where it was the first firm to successfully demonstrate the viability of WRI technology during...

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Cross-border trucking pilot program coming to an end: Whats next?

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in Safety

  The U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking pilot program is set to expire Oct. 14, and federal officials have said little about the future or next steps of cross-border trucking between the two countries. The program also fell well below the participation level federal officials said would be needed to gauge the program’s success and the safety of Mexican carriers operating outside of the border zone. RelatedDOT Inspector General initiates audit of cross-border program with MexicoThe Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General has begun its final audit of the cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico. Here’s what they’re looking …The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration formally began the three-year program when it granted authority to Transportes Olympic on Oct. 14, 2011. FMCSA officials had said the program would require at least 4,100 inspections of 46 carriers to make statistically valid...

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FMCSA including extra step in insurance increase rulemaking, allowing for more industry comment

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in Regulatory, Safety

  The upcoming rule to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance that carriers and brokers must carry will have an additional step that allows fleets and owner-operators another chance to offer formal comment on the rule. The proposed rule will first be issued as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, rather than simply a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The ANPRM’s publication is expected sometime this month. FMCSA sent the rule to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget last week, and after its clearance there, the agency is set to publish the proposed rule. RelatedFMCSA rule to increase liability insurance sent to OMB, paving way for publicationA rule proposal from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have has been sent to …The ANPRM will give the industry,...

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Trucking for a low-carbon economy

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Equipment, Featured, Safety, Technology

  Today, the Carbon War Room takes another positive step towards a low-carbon economy as they announce an exciting joint effort with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. Operation Trucking Efficiency has been a two-year collaborative project between the two organisations. It aims to increase the adoption of fuel saving technologies among truck owners and operators in order to double the efficiency of their fleets – reducing the industry’s annual fuel costs ($105 billion) and carbon emissions (1.6 billion metric tonnes of CO2). The launch of Operation Trucking Efficiency was marked with the release of – a free, independent, online guide to help fleet owners learn about 70 trucking efficiency technologies. Depending on which technologies fleet owners decide to use, savings of 30-50% in fuel costs can be realised. All of these efficiency technologies are already available...

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