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FMCSA Plans Surveys on EOBR Harassment

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Federal safety regulators are preparing surveys to learn whether or not electronic onboard recorders might be used to harass drivers. The surveys of drivers and carriers are part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s preparation for a proposed new EOBR rule, due next July.

In an announcement in yesterday’s Federal Register, the agency explained that the survey is in response to a court order that it be sure to address the risk of harassment in its proposed rule.

In August 2011, a federal appeals court tossed out an earlier version of the EOBR rule, saying it did not do enough to prevent harassment. This was in response to a suit filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

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FMCSA Advisory Panel Takes on Driver Training

gaminoandassociates san diego complaince fmcsa logoFederal regulators have been trying for more than 20 years to set training standards for entry-level truck drivers – without success.

Now, under pressure from Congress and the courts, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is trying to reinvigorate the regulatory process by asking its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee for suggestions on how to get the job done.

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FMCSA Defends Hours Rule

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defended its hours-of-service rule in a court filing, arguing that limits on the 34-hour restart are reasonable.

The agency also told a federal appeals court that the risks of the 11-hour limit on driving are outweighed by the productivity savings, and the 30-minute rest break improves safety.

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FMCSA Posts Penalties for Taking Household Goods Hostage

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Household goods movers who hold shipments for hostage will face stiff penalties under a new federal policy.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday posted notice that the penalty for hostage-holding is a $10,000 civil fine, per violation, plus possible suspension from one to three years.

The penalties can be applied to either the carrier or broker, the agency said.

The agency defines hostage-taking as knowingly and willfully failing to deliver or unload a household goods shipment for which charges have been estimated and payment has been tendered.

Payment is tendered when a shipper pays all of the charges in a binding estimate or 110% of the charges in a non-binding estimate, the agency said. There is a third circumstance, as well: when a prorated percentage of a partial delivery has been paid.
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FMCSA Continues to Evaluate and Strengthen CSA

English: Logo of the United States Federal Mot...The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has openly sought feedback on its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program from safety stakeholders and partners since its development began in 2004. Eight years later, FMCSA continues to gather and analyze stakeholder input in an effort to continuously improve the program and our ability to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

Studies by the agency and third parties continue to show that CSA is a positive change for safety. This includes recent analysis by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and their report released on October 1, titled, “Compliance, Safety, Accountability: Analyzing the Relationship of Scores to Crash Risk.” As with prior analyses, FMCSA will conduct an in-depth review of ATRI’s report and its underlying analysis, conclusions, and recommendations. The Agency will carefully consider this information as we work to make well-informed decisions about how to further strengthen the CSA program to better identify unsafe carriers and address safety problems before crashes occur.

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FMCSA Administrator Conveys CSA’s Key Components to Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

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On September 13, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro participated in a seven-member panel about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program in front of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. In her testimony, Administrator Ferro outlined CSA’s key components, which are the Safety Measurement System, the interventions process, and the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking. Her written testimony is now available online at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/testimony/tst-12-09-13.htm.

CSA is a robust national outreach program that collects and analyzes input from Congress, industry, safety advocates, and other stakeholders for its potential to further enhance effectiveness in identifying patterns of safety violations. Additional information about today’s Congressional hearing on CSA can be found on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s website (http://transportation.house.gov/hearings/hearingdetail.aspx?NewsID=1714).
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New Highway Law a Big Work Order for FMCSA

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The new highway law sets an ambitious agenda for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the next couple of years.

Most of the requirements in MAP-21 came from the agency’s strategic plan, said administrator Anne Ferro as she introduced a presentation Monday on the agency’s plans to implement the law.
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FMCSA Puts Clock on New Entrant Applications

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New entrants to trucking will face a shorter deadline for correcting problems in their applications, under a new policy by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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FMCSA Shifts Gears on Oilfield Hauler HOS Guidance

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Reacting to strong protests against its proposed new hours of service guidance for oilfield haulers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the deadline for comments and scheduled several public listening sessions.
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FMCSA Improves SMS with ASPEN Enhancements

English: Logo of the United States Federal Mot...In July 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in conjunction with its State Partners and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, refined the roadside inspection system, ASPEN, to improve the Safety Measurement System (SMS). SMS uses roadside inspections, reported through ASPEN, and crash data to prioritize motor carriers for interventions.

This action is in response to stakeholder feedback that indicated that some commercial driver violations in SMS are a result of license suspensions for non-safety related reasons, such as failing to pay a parking ticket. Motor carriers often cannot detect these suspensions when doing required background or annual checks of a driver’s driving record.

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