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The Quest for Balance in Hours of Service

Industry players are pushing for changes to the 34-hour restart provision from the 2013 hours of service rule, while the U.S. House and Senate are expected to resume debate on the topic in November.

CSA Safety Scores Must Distinguish Between Preventable and Non-Preventable Accidents

A growing number of fleets contend that Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) program is in need of substantial improvement. Currently, a fleet’s score in the CSA safety monitoring system is based on all fleet-involved crashes, including those that the company’s driver did not cause and could not reasonably have prevented. This scoring criteria is contrary to accepted industry standards and, in the long run, will undermine the validity of the CSA program in the eyes of covered fleets.

Electronic Onboard Recorders: It’s Only a Question of Time

The paper-based logbook system used to track hours of service (HOS) by commercial truck fleets is prone to driver manipulation and falsification. Even the FMCSA has stated that falsification of logbooks is widespread. By all accounts, the current system of manually recorded logbooks is a joke. Yet, despite this “elephant in the room,” the federal government remains unable to mandate onboard devices to improve HOS enforcement. Why can it work in Europe, but not here?

TMC Committee Working to Improve Fleet & Vendor Relationships

ARLINGTON, VA – The new committee will take on some long-standing issues between fleets and service providers to create industry practices, improve efficiencies, and build better relationships between fleets and service vendors, according to layover.com.

Two ATA Councils Reorganize

ARLINGTON, VA – The Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council and the Security Council of the American Trucking Associations have reorganized to form the Supply Chain Security & Loss Prevention Council.