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withdrawn, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.