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Pulling the plug 

One of the biggest controversies in trucking over the past four years has been the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s decision to make public motor carriers’ performance in most of the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) under the Safety Measurement System (SMS). SMS is the heart of FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Survey indicates favorable views on trucking

SAN DIEGO. Results of a national survey released Monday suggest that Americans’ perception of trucking and truck drivers is more favorable than many industry executives might have assumed. Neil Newhouse, partner and co-founder of Alexandria, VA-based research firm Public Opinion Strategies, presented the results of the survey at the American Trucking Assns.

ATRI again finds hours-of-service rules top concern

SAN DIEGO.  Hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers has repeated as the No. 1 concern in the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual survey of critical issues facing the trucking industry. As usual, ATRI released the survey results in conjunction with the American Trucking Assns. annual meeting. ATRI is a not-for-profit affiliate of ATA.

Graves pushes Congress to reaffirm commitment to highways

SAN DIEGO. Congress must recognize that investing in the nation’s infrastructure has become critical and that it must somehow raise the money to do it, the president and CEO of the American Trucking Assns. said Monday.

ATA selects another group of future trucking leaders

SAN DIEGO. The American Trucking Assns. announced the members of its second class under the LEAD ATA industry leadership program and recognized the members of the inaugural LEAD ATA class who have graduated.

Sponsored by PeopleNet, LEAD ATA provides an educational curriculum highlighting how the regulatory and legislative process affect the trucking industry and the important role ATA plays in shaping both.

FMCSA eyes ‘alternative compliance’ for motor carriers

SAN DIEGO. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is mulling over the possibility of giving motor carriers regulatory flexibility or other benefits if their safety efforts go beyond minimum requirements, the agency’s chief safety officer said Oct. 5.

Trillium’s new CNG compressor doubles fueling speed

SAN DIEGO. Although it’s certainly not the greatest hurdle to widespread adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) technology in heavy-duty vehicles, the relatively slow fueling speed compared to diesel or gasoline has been a frustration for some users. To address the issue of fueling speed, Trillium CNG has introduced a new 7-in. hydraulic intensifier compressor (HY-C), which cuts fueling time in half compared to its 5-in. HY-C, the company said in an announcement at the American Trucking Assns. annual meeting in San Diego.

FMCSA to recruit fleets for wireless-inspection testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s long-running examination of conducting vehicle and driver inspections wirelessly moves to an important new phase next year.

That’s when the agency and its partners plan to kick off a field operation test (FOT) of wireless roadside inspection (WRI) technology in five Southeastern states using up to 1,000 commercial trucks and buses running in normal day-to-day operations.

White House reviewing higher insurance requirement

The Dept. of Transportation (DOT) has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a draft advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to consider an increase in the minimum insurance requirement for motor carriers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also is considering extending financial responsibility requirements to private motor carriers as Congress authorized nearly a decade ago and to passenger carrier brokers as well as freight brokers and forwarders.

Wage hikes nudge trucking costs higher

Wage and benefit increases resulting from a shortage of drivers were mostly responsible for higher average operating costs for trucking companies in 2013, according to new research released by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). But owing to a significant drop in costs per mile in 2012, the average marginal costs per mile remain 3 cents lower than in 2011, the research found.

New fuel efficiency resource for trucking launched

A climate change activist organization founded by a group that includes entrepreneur Richard Branson has joined forces with the National American Council for Freight Efficiency to launch TruckingEfficiency.org to help fleet operations reduce fuel costs and carbon output. The goal is to double the fuel efficiency of the North American commercial truck fleet.

House bill would block CSA scores from the public

A member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee has introduced legislation (H.R. 5532) that would order the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to stop publishing individual motor carriers’ scores under the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program until the agency has improved the data, according to a plan it would submit to Congress.

Groups sue to force FMCSA to issue driver training rule

A labor union and two safety advocacy groups have asked a federal appeals court to order the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to issue a final rule setting minimum standards for entry-level training of commercial vehicle drivers.

House votes to fund government through Dec. 11

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 319 to 108 to pass legislation (H.J. Res. 124) that would continue funding for the U.S. government at current spending levels through Dec. 11. Funding for the federal government is set to expire at the end of fiscal 2014 on Sept. 30. By then, the Senate is expected to pass the legislation.

More groups call for withholding CSA scores

Several weeks after 10 trade associations asked the Dept. of Transportation to withhold metrics related to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program from public view, another group of 10 organizations has endorsed the request that the Dept. of Transportation remove individual motor carriers’ Safety Measurement System scores from all federal public websites.

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