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Trucking Companies Can Disregard California Break Rules, FMCSA Says

Commercial trucking companies do not have to comply with a California law requiring them to provide drivers with paid rest and meal breaks, federal regulators announced just before Christmas. In a written statement, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Raymond Martinez suggested that pre-empting California’s stricter safety rules would lead to increased highway safety. The federal government’s hours-of-service (HOS) rules allow truck drivers to spend more time behind the wheel without a break. “Safety is FMCSA’s top priority and having uniform rules is a key component to increasing safety for our truck drivers,” Mr. Martinez said. “During the public comment ... Read More

Trucking Data Reveals Riskiest Driving Times, Locations, Behaviors

Commercial trucking data collected from 166,000 video event recorders of 100 billion miles driven has provided an unprecedented view of truck-driving safety, risk factors, and behaviors. The video event recorders connect truck driver behaviors to certain events, such as collisions and near-collisions, then time-stamps and geographically plots them. Lytx’s report aggregates data from several hundred fleets, including more than 16 million driver behaviors and nearly 7 million risky events, to identify key trucking safety information, such as where and when collision risks are the highest. According to Lytx, the data represents more than 100 billion miles of truck driving data. ... Read More

Congress Prolongs Suspension of Hours-of-Service (HOS) Rules for commercial drivers

Pressured by the trucking industry to challenge new safety rules governing the hours of work and rest for commercial drivers, Congress on Wednesday chose to keep a suspension of hours-of-service (HOS) rules in place until federal regulators can prove they work. In February 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published new HOS rules modifying the 34-hour restart period for drivers, requiring any 34-hour restart period to contain two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. The rule change also allowed only one restart every 168 hours. The full rule took effect in July 2013. However, the stage was ... Read More

Critics attack new Hours-of-Service rule in Congressional hearing

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) head Anne Ferro told a House subcommittee that her agency is not open to repealing the new Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations that restrict driving hours and mandate resting periods for commercial truck and bus drivers. “No, absolutely not,” Ms. Ferro said in a Nov. 21 hearing in response to a question about undoing the new HOS requirements. The hearing, which critics named “Wrong Way: The Impact of FMCSA’s Hours of Service Regulation on Small Business,” was organized by members of the House’s Small Business committee who say the new rules deal a blow to small ... Read More

Commercial truck drivers head to Orlando for driving safety championship event

Professional truck drivers from all corners of the country are gathering in Orlando, Florida, this week for the annual National Truck Driving Championship, a 5-day event sponsored by the American Trucking Associations as a way to make safe driving a goal and a source of pride for thousands of drivers. The National Truck Driving Championship, together with its 50 state-level championships, is regarded as one of the trucking industry’s largest and most effective programs. Known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” the annual competitions inspire drivers to maintain a safe and accident-free driving record for the right to compete. According ... Read More

Truck safety enforcers say hours of service changes may backfire

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has voiced strong objections to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed Hours of Service (HOS) rule changes, saying that the new rules are overly complex and could actually backfire, reducing commercial motor vehicle safety. The comments, published on the FMCSA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Hours of Service, were submitted by the CVSA – an alliance of authorities responsible for enforcing truck safety regulations on all levels from local and state to federal. The group said the proposed changes may “open the door toward more drivers falsifying their records” than anything. “Each year, ... Read More

FMCSA awards Washington state patrol for reducing truck-related deaths

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators have awarded the Washington State Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Division with the 2010 Commercial Vehicle Safety Award in recognition of its efforts to improve commercial vehicle safety on the state’s roads and highways. FMCSA officials praised Washington State Patrol for forming effective partnerships that led to a 50-percent drop in the number of truck-related deaths, from 58 in 2008 to 29 in 2009. The State Patrol worked in close association with trucking industry representatives and executives and federal, state, and local agencies to promote and enforce commercial ... Read More

Why texting behind the wheel is the deadliest distraction

When you’re behind the wheel, it’s not difficult to become distracted, especially on long, lonely hauls. The radio, cigarette lighter, food, drink, and an incoming call are all things that vie for your attention and beckon you to break the routine when you’re behind the wheel. But by far the most dangerous road distraction is cell phone text messaging – a distraction that kills 6,000 people every year and injures half a million more. Texting while driving is so lethal that researchers throughout the country have been conducting tests to determine why this distraction is many times riskier than drunk ... Read More

Safety is key in preparing for CSA 2010 changes

Between now and the full implementation of its Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 safety rating system, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct outreach efforts to inform carriers and drivers of the upcoming changes, and to encourage everyone to become actively involved. In February 2008, FMCSA launched a field test of the CSA 2010 operational model in Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey encompassing about 50 percent of the carriers and government resources in each of the states. In the spring of 2009, the agency added Montana and Minnesota to the test group. Gradual expansions of the new model ... Read More

Government ‘raises the bar’ on trucking safety with CSA 2010

Rose McMurray, Chief Safety Officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, addressed the National Association of Small Trucking Companies this month in an effort to clarify the federal government’s intentions and goals set forth by its Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 program. CSA 2010 is the FMCSA’s “revamped and retooled” commercial motor carrier safety program that introduced a new safety ranking system aimed at keeping unsafe drivers and motor carrier companies off of the nation’s roads. The program has been widely criticized throughout the trucking industry as being too strict and possibly damaging to carrier companies and individual drivers. ... Read More