Avery Vise

Contributing editor
Least of the least 

When I learned that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was thinking about negotiating with stakeholders on minimum entry-level training standards, I was sitting not 20 yards from the course where some of the nation’s safest and most skilled truck drivers were competing for bragging rights over who was the best of the best.

FMCSA extends new entrant audit test

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended through the end of this year an operational test of using documentation rather than on-site visits to conduct new entrant safety audits.

Movers seek limited relief from 14-hour rule

The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) is seeking regulatory relief to allow its members to move their trucks to safer and more secure locations in situations when drivers exhaust on-duty time before a job is completed.

Groups ask DOT to hide CSA scores from public view

Ten trade associations representing companies that own and operate commercial trucks and buses have jointly asked the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to remove from public view carriers’ Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores based on the Safety Measurement System (SMS) and to direct the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make improving CSA a high priority. The groups said they would support public display of the data once the program is fixed appropriately.

FMCSA attorney to serve as agency’s interim chief

Scott Darling, chief counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will serve as the agency’s acting administrator until President Obama chooses a successor to Anne Ferro, who leaves the agency today. Ferro announced Darling’s selection by Dept. of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx in a farewell message to FMCSA employees on Friday.

Operating costs growing as factor in total vehicle cost

DALLAS. The basic equation of total vehicle costs hasn’t changed, but the impact of operating costs in that equation has grown and will continue to grow. That was a fundamental message of a panel discussion on equipment lifecycle trends at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas.

Prognostics seen as next wave in telematics

DALLAS. Prognostics – being able to predict a component or part failure in advance – will be the true growth area in telematics in the coming decade, at least in North America and Europe, a leading commercial vehicle analyst said Aug. 20.

More fleets pile on in Navistar litigation

Six more trucking operations have sued Navistar in a federal court in Illinois over alleged defects in MaxxForce heavy-duty diesel engines. Meanwhile, a federal judge in Texas ruled Aug. 18 that a lawsuit against Navistar filed there in April 2013 will continue, at least for now.

Entry-level driver training rule faces hurdles

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has barely begun exploring the feasibility of regulatory negotiation – or “reg neg” – to establish standards for entry-level driver training, it’s already clear that key parties that would be involved in such a negotiation are skeptical.

Con-way Freight driver takes top honors at NTDC

Jeffrey Langenhahn, a Con-way Freight driver based in Plover, WI, topped 425 other professional drivers to take top honors as the 2014 Bendix Grand Champion at the 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Pittsburgh, PA, on Aug. 16. Langenhahn, who has 28 years as a driver with more than 1.9 million miles, began competing in his state truck driving championships in 1997 and has participated in the national championships four times. He also was the champion in the twins class.

Paver faces almost $1 million penalty for terminations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Pontiac, MI-based Asphalt Specialists Inc. to reinstate three employees – a foreman and two truck drivers – and pay $953,916 in damages for allegedly firing the employees for raising safety concerns after being directed to violate hours-of-service regulations.

FMCSA may negotiate a rule on driver training 2

In an effort to break a longstanding stalemate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may bring together various interested parties to negotiate a new regulation governing training standards for entry-level truck drivers.

Ferro sees ‘raising the bar’ as her legacy

By implementing and proposing new regulations, deploying the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and cracking down on unfit carriers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the past five years has raised the standards for trucking operations in the United States, departing Administrator Anne Ferro said Thursday.

Drivers take to the course at national championships

PITTSBURGH. More than 400 elite commercial drivers took up the challenge on Wednesday with the first phase of the 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships and the National Step Van Driving Championships, but the rubber met the road on Thursday as drivers climbed behind the wheel for the skills competition.

Wednesday’s key event was a written test on trucking and highway safety, which figures into drivers’ overall score.

OSHA urges greater FMCSA flexibility over coercion

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposed definition of coercion is too limited, as is the time FMCSA is proposing to give drivers to lodge a complaint, the head of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) said.

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