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Annual Brake Safety Week September 6-12

The annual Brake Safety Week, part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will begin over the holiday weekend and is designed to promote safety on roadways across North America. This year’s event will begin on 

 

Make Time For A Safety Program Review

From time to time, it’s important to take a step back and do an overall evaluation of your company’s safety program. Whether done internally or by an outside set of eyes, reviewing your program can help identify gaps, as well as set goals going forward. If you've found your program has stalled a bit or you're just not seeing the results you 

 

Annual Inspection Blitz "Roadcheck," June 2-4, 2015

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz conducted as a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will take place June 2-4, 2015. CVSA says roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across the

 

New Year, New Rules from FMCSA and OSHA


Three significant rule changes could pave the way to smoother operations in 2015. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) 34-hour restart rule has been suspended; and, driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) are only required if defects or deficiencies are found. These new rules will reduce burdensome restrictions and time 

 

The Impact of PSP: FMCSA's Pre-Employment Screening Resource

When it comes to hiring qualified drivers, motor carriers have a variety of resources available to use as screening tools. One of those tools includes the FMCSA's Pre-Employment Screening Program, or PSP. Companies regularly using PSP have, on average, reduced their crash rates by 8% and their driver out-of-service rates by 17.2% 

 

Driver Qualification Files: The Complete Package

Of the many regulatory requirements that fleet operators must navigate, the rules under 49 CFR Part 391.51 must be followed on a frequent basis. Although this code may not be recognizable by its regulatory part number, many carriers are familiar with its contents: the general requirements for driver qualification files. Every motor carrier must maintain a driver qualification file for each driver it employs. Sounds easy, right? Well, it can more difficult than you think.

 

Not Guilty – Removing Violations from Carrier and Driver Records

Beginning August 23rd, 2014, motor carriers and drivers are now able to remove roadside inspection violation data collected in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) to reflect the outcomes of adjudicated citations. The ability to have a violation’s severity reduced or removed from the MCMIS system can 

 

The Palest of Ink Speaks Louder Than the Best of Memories

"The palest of ink speaks louder than the best of memories," these were the words of a seasoned Department of Transportation official during a recent U.S. DOT Motor Carrier Safety Compliance Course. This variation on the old adage “if it's not written down, it didn’t happen” speaks volumes about the importance of paper compliance...

 

CSA Intervention: Levels & Requirements

CSA interventions are determined using the SMS to identify carriers exceeding intervention threshold in one or more BASICs. If any of those terms are unfamiliar or you need a refresher, see our previous blog "Understanding CSA Scores." These interventions are used as a tool to address the specific safety problems FMCSA has...

 

Annual CVSA / FMCSA Inspection Blitz "Roadcheck," June 3-5

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz conducted as a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will take place June 3-5, 2014. CVSA says roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across the...