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Should FMCSA remove CSA scores from public view?

House bill would force FMCSA to remove CSA scores from public view, at least temporarily | Overdrive – Owner Operators Trucking Magazine. What do you think? Is this is a good idea?

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Share your opinion during a live online discussion about electronic logging devices.

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Effective Jan. 30, drivers can ditch paper copies of medical cards upon med cert renewal | Overdrive – Owner Operators Trucking Magazine

More room in your wallet

Effective Jan. 30, drivers can ditch paper copies of medical cards upon med cert renewal | Overdrive – Owner Operators Trucking Magazine.

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Have you got this book in your cab? Not only thorough and helpful but enjoyable to read. And, ranked #10 on amazon.com.

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We’re still here!

We’re still here. If you’re trying to call 361-749-4007 and getting a message that the number is no longer in service, don’t despair. We have a system-wide outage and many numbers in that prefix are affected. We’re told that it will be repaired by Jan. 29. Meanwhile, if you need to reach us, message us or send an email to mbapub@aol.com. Thanks for your patience.

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Fraudulent CDL exam scheme used cameras, Bluetooth pencils, DOT reports | Overdrive – Owner Operators Trucking Magazine

This is cheating on so many levels Fraudulent CDL exam scheme used cameras, Bluetooth pencils, DOT reports | Overdrive – Owner Operators Trucking Magazine.

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Make a difference

Want to make your experience with the 34-restart regulations known and have them count?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that it is recruiting truck drivers and carriers for its Driver Restart Study.

This study will measure and analyze the fatigue and safety performance levels of drivers who take two nighttime rest periods during their 34-hour restart break and those drivers who take less than two nighttime rest periods during their restart break.

Drivers will be paid for their participation and carriers may be compensated for lost revenue due to the study and for the cost of installing data collection equipment on their trucks. During the study, participants will drive their normal revenue-producing routes.

The Driver Restart Study will compare data from five months of driver work schedules to assess the following:

  • Safety critical events
  • Operator fatigue and level of alertness
  • Driver health.

The findings will be used to further improve our knowledge of driver fatigue and alertness management.

Here are some of the study requirements:

  • The study team will monitor driver compliance on a daily basis.
  • Participating drivers will be required daily to complete one or more three-minute alertness tests.
  • Every driver may be required to maintain sleep/wake logs, record caffeine intake, and report sleepiness during the study.

Drivers will be asked to complete a survey about their experience upon completion of the study.

If you would like more information on the study, please visit the study Web page. If you would like to participate, on the study Web page you can subscribe to the Fatigue Study mailing list. By providing your email address, you agree to be contacted in the future about the Driver Restart Study. (E-mails will only be sent regarding the study and you can unsubscribe at any time.)

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Studying the restart

HDT (Heavy Duty Trucking) Info reports that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, citing Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division.

Congress ordered the study when it suspended the more restrictive restart that went into effect in 2013. That rule stated that drivers who take a 34-hour restart must take off two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and that the restart could only be used once a week. FMCSA put that provision in place because it had research indicating that nighttime sleep provides better recuperation than daytime sleep.

This restriction on the 34-hour restart has been suspended while the study is under way. ATA argued that the provision cuts productivity and does not improve safety. According to HDT Info Walker said the agency will let a contract for the study this month. The study will compare five months of experience by drivers operating under the more restrictive rule to those working under the current rule.

The agency has set up a website that spells out the terms of the study and provides links for more information.

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Stocking stuffers

Right about now most people are getting out last minute Christmas cards and polishing off their gift giving lists.

But truckers keep on trucking and those of us in the transport industry know that we’ll be out there making deliveries right along with Santa. It comes as no surprise that even this close to the holidays there have been developments in the regulatory arena.

On Dec. 16, President Barack Obama did sign an appropriate bill that among other things halts enforcement of the restrictions on using the 34-hour restart. The requirement that a drivers’ 34-hour restart include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the once-per-week limit of the restart has been suspended. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be studying the hours of service rules’ impact on drivers, carriers and safety. The FMCSA must present a report to Congress showing that the restriction increases safety before the restart provisions can go back into effect.

Published today in the Federal Register is final rule that FMCSA rescinds the requirement that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers operating in interstate commerce, except drivers of passenger-carrying CMVs, submit, and motor carriers retain, DVIRs when the driver has neither found nor been made aware of any vehicle defects or deficiencies. For more information visit the FMCSA Web site.

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Fun with HOS

The restrictions on use of the 34-hour restart that were put into place in 2013 are likely to be suspended. This story in Transport Topics explains it nicely.

On Dec. 13, 2014, Congress passed a bill that includes the suspension. Stay tuned to learn if the bill get signed into law as expected.

 

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