FMCSA to Study Impact of Driver Pay on Safety

FMCSA is proposing to analyze the “possible unintended safety consequences” of the ways in which commercial drivers are paid. In an August 29 Federal Register notice the agency said it wants to look at the possible relationships between methods of compensation and “incidences of unsafe driving” and out-of-service and crash rates. The issue of driver […]

Industry to Foxx: Scrap CSA Scores From Public View

Organizations representing a broad spectrum of the truck and bus industries have written to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx requesting that carrier safety scores derived from FMCSA’s Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program be removed from public view. The letter was signed by the heads of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the American Bus Association (ABA), […]

Adjudicated Citations Now Included in FMCSA Records

Changes to the way FMCSA records adjudicated citations are effective as of August 23, according to a recent agency announcement. The changes allow states, for the first time, to include the results of adjudicated citations emanating from roadside inspection data collected in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The system will now accept info […]

Darling Named Acting FMCSA Administrator

In a move that surprised many observers, FMCSA chief counsel Thomas “Scott” Darling has been named acting administrator to fill in for departing administrator Anne Ferro who resigned her post effective August 22. Current deputy administrator William Bronrott had widely been expected to get the acting administrator job. It was announced that Bronrott will leave […]

Driver Training Regs: If First You Don’t Succeed…

FMCSA has announced it will investigate the feasibility of using a negotiated rulemaking (“RegNeg”) in an attempt to weed through the thorny issue of training standards for entry level commercial drivers. Agencies can use a RegNeg as an alternative to the traditional rulemaking process under certain circumstances. Under RegNeg an agency tries to identify parties […]

Insurance, Speed Limiter Rules On Deck

DOT’s latest report on on-going rulemakings shows FMCSA progress on two major proposed rules. A proposal to increase the minimum personal injury and property damage coverage required to be carried by truck and bus companies, and another to require speed limiters on commercial vehicles, were recently sent to DOT higher-ups for review. DOT expects the […]

Study: CSA Scores Skewed by Inconsistent State Enforcement

Carrier safety scores under FMCSA’s signature Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program are skewed due to inconsistent state enforcement practices, according to a new study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). ATRI is the nonprofit research arm of the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The study, dubbed “Evaluating the Impact of Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Disparities […]

FMCSA Expands Program to Get Vets Qualified as Truck Drivers

FMCSA has expanded its program to make it easier for military veterans to obtain jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers. The agency announces that active duty and recently separated veterans will now have up to one year to take advantage of a military skills test waiver. The waiver, which FMCSA first implemented in 2011 […]

SMS Website Design Changes Finalized

FMCSA has announced revisions to the manner in which carrier safety data is displayed on its Safety Measurement System (SMS) website. (SMS is a data system designed to quantify the on-road safety performance of commercial truck and bus companies and is used to identify and prioritize high-risk carriers for enforcement interventions. It is the heart […]

Ferro, Osiecki Offer Different Takes on Truck Safety Rules

The Surface Transportation Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee took testimony July 29 from a panel of truck safety experts including outgoing FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro and American Trucking Association executive VP Dave Osiecki. Ferro vigorously defended the agency’s record including controversial changes made last year to the hours of service rules.  She said she […]