FMCSA Report Outlines Plan to Overhaul CSA, with Tests of New System Slated to Begin in September

FMCSA Report Outlines Plan to Overhaul CSA, with Tests of New System Slated to Begin in September

The FMCSA has released a report on how it plans to proceed in reforming its Compliance, Safety and Accountability to better achieve CSA’s goals of identifying unsafe trucking companies.

The chief reform would include replacing the existing Safety Measurement System, which uses relative scoring, with a new absolute scoring system, Item Response Theory. The new scoring system would make it easier for carriers to calculate their safety scores and improve data.

The CSA hopes to start a small-scale trail period starting in September, with hopes to have the new scoring system in place by Spring 2019. The goal for the CSA is to create a more fair and accurate system that is easier to understand and calculate.

The full 10-page report, outlining the chief reforms, can be found here:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/mission/policy/407251/nas-correlation-study-corrective-action-plan-enclosure-final-june-2018.pdf

 

Source: https://www.overdriveonline.com/fmcsa-to-begin-testing-new-carrier-safety-scoring-system-this-fall/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-17-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

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Using ELD Data to Fill Empty Miles

Using ELD Data to Fill Empty Miles

ELD’s contain a lot of useful information about drivers and loads, which can be used to increase utilization and efficiency. Third-party logistics companies (3PL) are looking to do just that! The information created from the use ELD’s can help identify empty trucks that are ready to drive a load and alert brokers and carriers of nearby trucks availability.

There are several opt-in services that would allow carriers to receive load offers based on their proximity, size and space to enhance potential business. These types of services would eliminate trucks traveling for less than market rate or traveling with empty trailers for long distances to pick up loads.

 

Source: https://www.fleetowner.com/technology/using-eld-data-fill-empty-miles

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Ezlogz Newsletter July 16-20, 2018

Ezlogz Newsletter July 16-20, 2018

Introducing Ezlogz, an ELD service written for truckers by truckers. The development of this ELD service was created by people who were out in the field and know exactly what truckers would be looking for. It was not written by a techie with no trucking experience.

Ezlogz has language support including, English, Spanish, French, Ukrainian and Russian, with the potential for other languages!

There is also a vast array of other features that no other ELD app offers that will make the truckers life much easier! Our trip planner and POI (Points of Interest) customized to show you your favorite spots to stop at as well as weigh stations. You can receive notifications to alert you when it is almost time for a break and will give you the best place to stop to make sure you don’t have any HOS violations. Get weather alerts that signal trouble ahead.

Ezlogzs includes a social network with in-fleet messaging. This works like other popular social networks but without the added distractions. It is a great way to keep in contact with your fleet and other drivers – and family!  The Instant Messaging feature allows direct communications between the back office and drivers which often can be better than a phone because drivers can view the communications record on their tablet or phone long after the messaging is completed.  Phone calls aren’t written down and details can be forgotten, especially for detailed work orders.

Vehicle Diagnostics also included. This feature remains to be extremely important to make sure that your vehicle is always compliant and using fuel efficiently. Knowing ahead of time that there is an issue that needs to be fixed will save violations, Out of Service times and hefty fines.

 

CVSA Safe Driver Week

In 2015, 3,852 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks. Of the fatalities, a majority were the occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles while 16% were truck occupants. Nearly all these fatal crashes were caused by the drivers of both commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles practicing unsafe driving habits.

During the CVSA’s Safe Driver Week, happening July 15-21, 2018, the CVSA will be working with the FMCSA and other local law enforcement agencies across North America looking out for unsafe driving habits. In addition to heightened enforcement, there will also be educational and awareness programs being offered in several areas.

It is the goal of the CVSA and FMCSA to greatly reduce the number of crashes caused by unsafe driving habits. The emphasis will be on

  • Distracted driving, including texting while driving and other activities that take your eye off the road.
  • Failure to obey traffic laws, such as following too closely, unsafe lane changes, speeding and not following traffic lights and signals.
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt.

Safe driving habits should always be followed to make sure that fatal accidents do not happen under your watch. The life you save may be your own.

https://cvsa.org/program/programs/operation-safe-driver/operation-safe-driver-week/

https://cvsa.org/news-entry/2018-osd-week/

 

ELD Saves Lives- Driver Involved in a Double-Fatal Crash After Being Placed Out-of-Service

The FMCSA served a New Mexico driver, Ernisto S. Mora, with an effective shutdown order as an “imminent hazard to the public safety” and ordered him not to operate any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce on July 3rd.   The incident leading to the federal order occurred on June 13th at 3:55 PM CDT when Mora veered into oncoming traffic in a construction zone in Pratt County, Kansas. Mora’s passenger, as well as the driver of the other truck, were both killed in the accident.

During a roadside inspection at 10 AM that same day, Mora had been placed out-of-service for 10 hours for failure to provide any record-of-duty-status. The driver’s truck had also been placed out-of-service with “numerous safety deficiencies,” according to the FMCSA. The violations included severely worn tires and defective breaks. FMCSA regulations require that vehicles with violations should not be driven until all repairs are made. In this instance, the tractor had been repaired but not the trailer.

During the investigation of the fatal crash, the FMCSA estimated that the driver had been driving continuously for at least 38 of the 45 hours prior to the crash. It was also discovered that the electronic logging device (ELD) may have been disabled or disconnected in prior trips.

Mora has been charged by the State of Kansas for two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Other charges include following too closely, operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) after being declared out-of-service, and for violating hours-of-service (HOS) safety regulations that are designed to prevent fatigued driving.

Ezlogz strongly supports the use of ELDs to save lives. Your drivers risk their lives every day that rogue operators like this are let loose on US roadways. Fleet managers also have an obligation to monitor their driver’s behavior to prevent abuse. Rogue operators attempt to drive down freight rates. Make sure we all have a level playing field.

Sources:

https://www.overdriveonline.com/driver-involved-in-fatal-crash-while-over-hours-limits-shut-down-by-fmcsa/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-09-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

https://www.americanshipper.com/main/full/driver-charged-with-manslaughter-hos-violations-71898.aspx

 

2,000 Trucks Placed Out-of-Service

During the CVSA’s International Road Check that took place this past June, The Texas Department of Public Safety inspected a total of 7,980 commercial motor vehicles (CMV). Of all the vehicles inspected, nearly 25% of them were placed out-of-service for a total of 1,975 CMVs.

The majority of violations were due to faulty brakes and defective tires. When a vehicle is placed out-of-service if cannot be driven again until all repairs are properly made. Other violations included failure to have the proper license for the type of vehicle as well as other HOS violations.

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ELDs Saves Lives – Driver Involved in a Double-Fatal Crash After Being Placed Out-of-Service

The FMCSA served a New Mexico driver, Ernisto S. Mora, with an effective shut down order as an “imminent hazard to the public safety” and ordered him not to operate any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce on July 3rd.   The incident leading to the federal order occurred on June 13th at 3:55PM CDT when Mora veered into oncoming traffic in a construction zone in Pratt County, Kansas. Mora’s passenger, as well as the driver of the other truck, were both killed in the accident.

During a roadside inspection at 10AM that same day, Mora had been placed out-of-service for 10 hours for failure to provide any record-of-duty-status. The driver’s truck had also been placed out-of-service with “numerous safety deficiencies,” according to the FMCSA. The violations included severely worn tires and defective breaks. FMCSA regulations require that vehicles with violations should not be driven until all repairs are made. In this instance, the tractor had been repaired but not the trailer.

During the investigation of the fatal crash, the FMCSA estimated that the driver had been driving continuously for at least 38 of the 45 hours prior to the crash. It was also discovered that the electronic logging device (ELD) may have been disabled or disconnected in prior trips.

Mora has been charged by the State of Kansas for two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Other charges include following too closely, operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) after being declared out-of-service, and for violating hours-of-service (HOS) safety regulations that are designed to prevent fatigued driving.

EZ Logz strongly supports the use of ELDs to save lives. Your drivers risk their lives every day that rogue operators like this are let loose on US roadways. Fleet managers also have an obligation to monitor their driver’s behavior to prevent abuse. Rogue operators attempt to drive down freight rates. Make sure we all have a level playing field.

 

Sources:

https://www.overdriveonline.com/driver-involved-in-fatal-crash-while-over-hours-limits-shut-down-by-fmcsa/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-09-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

https://www.americanshipper.com/main/full/driver-charged-with-manslaughter-hos-violations-71898.aspx

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CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week: July 15-21, 2018

Traffic safety personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe commercial and passenger vehicles. The ultimate goal for this enforcement to work towards zero deaths on the roadways.

Unsafe behaviors such as distracted driving, failure to use seatbelts and disobeying traffic laws count for a majority of crashes on our roadways. Without these dangerous habits, a majority of accidents can be avoided. CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week was created to help reduce the number of deadly crashes involving large trucks and other vehicles. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.

The CVSA will work with the FMCSA and other transportation agencies across North America with the use of educational and traffic enforcement strategies, aiming to improve the habits of all drivers, especially involving CMVs.

To find out more information about events happening in your area, contact the agency in your jurisdiction.

Contact information can be found at: https://cvsa.org/contactpage/contacts/law-enforcement-lead-agency-contacts/

Source: https://cvsa.org/news-entry/2018-osd-week/

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FMCSA Announces Clarifying Regulatory Guidance for Transportation of Agricultural Commodities, Personal Conveyance

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the longstanding 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption as well as providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision.

“Due to input from commercial vehicle stakeholders and the public, the Department has taken steps to provide greater clarity and flexibility regarding the intent and effect of these regulations, for the agricultural and other sectors,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA published Federal Register notices proposing regulatory guidance for the transportation of agricultural commodities and the use of personal conveyance in December, 2017 and requested public comment. FMCSA is providing clarity on the use of the agricultural exemption and personal conveyance to both industry and law enforcement along with providing as much flexibility as possible for the industry, while maintaining safety.

“We are dedicated to finding effective solutions to challenges, exploring new opportunities for innovation and constantly seeking ways to improve,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

In all, nearly 850 public comments were submitted to the Federal Register dockets on the proposed guidance pertaining to the transportation of agricultural commodities as well as on the personal conveyance provision.

The new regulatory guidance is developed within a clear, questions-and-answers format and explains the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption and how the “source” of the commodity is determined.  For a copy of this guidance, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ag-commodity-guidance.

Likewise, the new regulatory guidance outlines – and includes numerous examples – under what circumstances a commercial motor vehicle driver may operate the truck or bus for personal conveyance. For a copy of this guidance, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/personal-conveyance-guidance.

 

Source:  https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/fmcsa-announces-clarifying-regulatory-guidance-transportation-agricultural-commodities

 

 

 

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