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CSAs Distorted Rankings: SMS, safety rating system disconnect compounds problems

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

  CSA was intended as an improvement to FMCSA’s SafeStat rating system that used primarily out-of-service violations uncovered during onsite company investigations in determining a carrier’s rating. Given the agency’s small staff relative to the size of the motor carrier population, the system was limited in the number of carriers it could rate, as well as its ability to update those ratings. Today, SafeStat remains the official rating element of FMCSA’s safety program, using ratings of Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory. The CSA SMS runs alongside it, giving more of a real-time window into inspections, violations and crashes. However, the difference in results produced by each system is marked. In some quarters, eliminating that disconnect is seen as at least a partial solution to public confusion over what the scores mean. It’s a key component of why critics feel use...

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Walcott Truckers Jamboree Draws More Than 44,000 to Iowa Truckstop

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

  More than 44,000 drivers and their families as well as local residents flocked to the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, during the 35th Walcott Truckers Jamboree. During the three days, guests enjoyed: Nashville rising star Chris Janson performed Thursday night. Friday night Lindsay Lawler hit the stage followed by country music legend John Anderson. The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is a celebration of everything trucking,” said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstop’s marketing director. “Being a professional driver is a demanding job and the Jamboree gives us an opportunity to say a big ‘Thank You.’ This event also allows us to promote a positive image of the trucking industry to the general public.” Iowa 80 Truckstop also celebrated its 50 birthday during the event, with a cake created by Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, aka Cake Boss....

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