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Proposed revisions to the U.S. DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring program — and to how the DOT uses those scores to target carriers deemed at risk for crashes — are being withdrawn, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday in a formal notice. The changes, proposed in July 2015 by FMCSA, sought to better align CSA’s Safety Measurement System BASIC scores with carriers’ risk of being involved in a crash. Read More

Carriers have until Monday, July 16, to file public comments on an application filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requesting that the agency exempt carriers with 50 employees or fewer from the electronic logging device mandate. Read More

With the trucking industry in the throes of a severe driver shortage, fleet owners understandably might feel more like they are in the business of recruiting drivers rather than the business of hauling freight.
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Market conditions for shippers, according to FTR’s monthly Shippers Conditions Index, skidded to an all-time low in April, FTR said last week, due to the industry’s capacity crunch and sky-high rates.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a change to its Entry-Level Driver Training rule that would make it easier for drivers to upgrade from a Class B CDL to a Class A CDL. Read More

 Hours of service violations, as a percentage of total inspections, have been cut by about half since the electronic logging device mandate took effect in December, according to data released Friday by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Read More

Trucking industry stakeholders are invited to participate in a public listening session next week about regulations relating to the design, development, testing and integration of autonomous trucks, or automated driving systems (ADS), as they are referred to in a Federal Register notice to be published Monday, June 11.
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A bill filed last week in the Senate would overhaul hours of service regulations for livestock and insect haulers. Chief among the changes would be the expansion of livestock/insect haulers’ available drive time, potentially allowing them to drive up to 18 hours in a 24-hour period if operating within a 300-air-mile radius of the start of their on-duty period. Read More

Most autonomous efforts in trucking today, including platooning testing and Freightliner’s 2015 Inspiration concept truck, involve Level II automation (partial automation) as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers. These trucks simultaneously use a combination of advanced driver assistance systems to control steering, acceleration and braking. The driver is still required to maintain situational awareness of road conditions and traffic and be ready to assume control instantly, similar to the way we use cruise control on the highways today. Read More

Effective immediately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will allow drivers to enter into personal conveyance status, whether the truck is loaded or not, to find the nearest safe parking or rest location after their hours of service are exhausted by a shipper/receiver or off-duty periods are interrupted by law enforcement. Read More

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