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The debate rages on over the use of Electronic OnBoard Recorders in trucks nationwide. Some drivers don’t mind them, others are vehemently against them, the ATA has voiced their support, and OOIDA stands firmly in opposition.
According to a survey from trucking acquisition firm Transport Capital Partners, in February of 2013, 35% of fleets surveyed said that they use EOBRs or electronic logs in all of their trucks. Compare that to May of 2012 when that was true of only 25%.
It’s worth noting that the survey was conducted about fleets, not individual drivers, so these numbers may not accurately reflect the number of individual trucks with electronic logs. In fact, that number may be even higher.
If you’ve been to the Northeast in the past few days, you’ve probably seen whole towns without power, buried under the 40 inches of snow brought by winter storm Nemo. While repairs are well under way, some families are still without power, and emergency supplies are being hauled in to help get homes repaired and heat back up and running.
The good news is that relief is getting to the people that need it as quickly as possible. The FMCSA has temporarily suspended HOS rules for drivers carrying emergency supplies, specifically fuels like propane, natural gas, and gasoline. The states that have received waivers are New York, Maine, and New Jersey.
A congressional hearing held last September concluded with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration assuring stakeholders that refinements to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program were under way and that more were scheduled in the near future.
In fact, the agency concurred with committee members and transportation industry representatives that continual improvement to the safety fitness program was vital in order to aptly determine if a motor carrier meets the standards for safe operation.
In December, the agency made good on its commitment to install refinements to the CSA initiative by implementing 11 changes to the Safety Measurement System, something they had already begun working on months prior to the congressional hearing. These enhancements are intended to provide the agency with a means of more clearly identifying unsafe carriers, not just those who may be negligent in their recordkeeping compliance.
Did You Know…As a motor carrier, recent Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power
Unit (PU) data from your Motor Carrier Registration form, known as the MCS-150,
are required and must be up to date to properly assess your level of exposure in
the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement
Categories (BASICs) in FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS).
If your VMT data in FMCSA’s database is from 2010 or older, it will not be used
in your calculations when the January SMS snapshot is posted at the beginning of
February. Instead, the level of exposure will default to average PUs over the previous
18 months which can impact your percentiles in the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator
BASICs. View the SMS Methodology for addition details on BASIC percentile calculations.
More than half of large carriers say they are considering buying natural gas fueled trucks, but there are hurdles, according to a new study from Transport Capital Partners and ACT Research.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pleased to announce that motor carriers can now preview the first package of changes to the Safety Measurement System (SMS). FMCSA designed SMS to be improved over time as better technology, new data, and additional analysis become available. This release is the first in a series of improvements to SMS that will take place up to twice a year. FMCSA is providing a preview period for motor carriers and enforcement personnel before it uses the SMS changes to prioritize motor carriers for safety interventions and before it makes those changes available to the public. The SMS Preview begins on March 27, 2012 and runs through late June 2012.
Did You Know…As a motor carrier, your Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power Unit (PU) data from your Motor Carrier Registration form, known as the MCS-150, are used to calculate your Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) percentiles.
If your VMT data is 2009 or older, it will not be used in your calculations when the January Safety Measurement System (SMS) snapshot is posted at the beginning of February.
Update your MCS-150 now with your 2010 or 2011 VMT/PU data to ensure FMCSA is using the most accurate data available to calculate your percentiles.
Visit https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/PKG_REGISTRATION.prc_option to update your MCS-150 information. Under the “Existing Registration Updates” section, choose the first option – “I need to update my USDOT number registration information or file my biennial update.”