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In July, a ruling was passed that would allow the FMCSA to revoke a carrier’s operating authority based not on their poor safety record, but on a lack of cooperation with authorities. For the first time ever, the FMCSA has shut down a company for refusing to allow access to their records.
After the Fung Wah company, a Boston-based passenger carrier, had their busses placed out of service, the company briefly leased new vehicles, but were shut down entirely on Tuesday after they wouldn’t produce safety records requested by the FMCSA.
This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is drawing attention to the Safety Management Cycle (SMC) that helps identify and address safety and compliance issues related to the Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).
The SMC for the HM BASIC suggests actions that carriers can take to identify the root cause of safety issues, establish and improve their safety management controls, and reduce or eliminate violations. For instance, new hire and refresher trainings are effective ways to communicate company policy and expectations about how to safely transport HM cargo. Also, implementing a disciplinary policy where high-consequence incidents result in stringent disciplinary action can help provide incentive to make every effort to follow company policy.
Interstate Van Lines of Springfield, Va., has again been named the winner of an annual Fleet Safety award by the American Moving & Storage Association. For the third consecutive year, the company has received the honor in the category for fleets with a total annual mileage of under five million miles during 2012.
AMSA presents a series of fleet safety awards to recognize carriers demonstrating the best overall safety performance during the year in categories based on mileage.
Other 2012 winners include United Van Lines (over 50 million miles category) for the second consecutive year, Graebel Van Lines (20 million to 50 million miles and Fleet Safety Improvement Award), New World Van Lines (five to 20 million miles) for a fifth year in a row, and Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage (intrastate) for the second straight year.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the Thanksgiving travel season isn’t over yet. Drivers across the country will need to be extra cautious since state police are in the midst of a highway safety enforcement push that will last through the 27th. Some states are taking the enforcement a little more seriously after some particularly bad numbers of holiday accidents last year.
Last year Pennsylvania alone had 4,235 crashes and 49 fatalities during the Thanksgiving travel period. In an attempt to bring those numbers down, this year they’re starting “Operation Safe Holiday”: an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement. Similarly, the California State Patrol has issued a warning that this long weekend is being considered a “Maximum Enforcement Weekend.” Georgia is going so far as to set up road blocks with no advance warning.
HNI recently held a workshop called FMCSA Safety Audit Requirements and How to Prepare, featuring FMCSA and Wisconsin State Patrol officials talking about new policies and procedures in place.
On July 11, 2012, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott testified about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Small Business. Deputy
Bronrott’s written testimony discusses CSA’s safety benefits and its
impact on small businesses, and is posted on
FMCSA’s Website. Some of the key points of the testimony
are listed below:
- Independent analysis indicates the CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS)
is a significant improvement over prior systems to effectively
meet FMCSA’s Congressional mandate to investigate high-risk carriers.
- The CSA SMS is effectively monitoring the motor carrier industry. The 200,000 carriers
with sufficient data to be scored in the SMS are involved in 93% of the crashes
reported to FMCSA.
American Trucking Associations is calling on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to release a study of the links between violations and crash risk used to develop its methodology for assigning carriers’ scores in its monitoring and measurement system: Compliance, Safety, Accountability.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a 60-day extension of the time that motor carriers have to comment on proposed improvements to the agency’s proposed Safety Measurement System. The comment period now runs through July 30.
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