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trucking125Last Saturday, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, Tom Kelly, a field officer for the FMCSA, gave an update on some changes in the works for agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program

According to Kelly, a study that evaluates both the impact of implementing crash fault weighting into CSA scores and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ability to implement such a system is still being reviewed by the agency and peers, prior to its release.

Even though he didn’t say when the crash weighting report would be released, Kelly did say the agency will announce its next potential steps regarding crash accountability when the report is released.

Per Kelly, the report is looking to answer the following questions:

•Do police accident reports provide consistent, efficient and reliable information to support crash weighting determinations?

•Will the process make CSA a stronger predictor of future crash risk, and how might it be weighted in CSA’s Safety Measurement System?

•How would FMCSA manage the process for making crash weighting determinations and how would the agency implement public input?

Kelly did not elaborate on any specifics as to what the agency has found in their research in writing the report.

Kelly also spoke on the progress of two rulemakings underway regarding CSA, saying for both CSA’s new Safety Measurement System website proposal and its proposed changes to the DataQs system, the agency is reviewing and considering public comment before creating the final rules for both.

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trucking120Last Friday, March 14th, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro told Congress that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wasn’t established to protect the trucking industry, as she appeared before them to defend the agency’s public display of trucking company safety scores and new hours-of-service rules.

Ms. Ferro was appearing at an oversight hearing on the implementation of various MAP-21 mandates. While she was there, several members of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and Transit questioned Ferro about some “unintended consequences” of HOS changes and about the recent Government Accountability Office study that was critical of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Rep. Richard Hanna commented that FMCSA is “hurting the people that you are paid to help.”

He brought up inaccurate and unreliable carrier data leading to “erroneous” safety scores under CSA, and in turn to higher insurance costs, expensive litigation, and loss of business. Hanna also lambasted FMCSA’s field study regarding the changes to HOS.

These are real-world, tortuous problems that you’re putting these truckers through, and frankly the organization acts like they’ve got all the time in the world to correct these problems. I think you need to back up, ma’am, and take a look at some of this stuff. Are we so thick we can’t hear the very people whose lives we’re impacting? Is there nobody you believe except some academic who does a study?

Ferro shot back,

I’m not hired to help the industry. I’m hired to ensure the safety of the traveling public and improve the safety of the operations of trucks and buses. That’s what the agency was created to do, and as its lead I’m very proud to be a part of that.

Ferro went on to explain that the hours-of-service rule was designed to reduce the cumulative fatigue experienced by truck drivers, and that while the agency recognizes the financial impact on trucking companies, there is a “much larger safety and health benefit.”

Other members of the committee cited instances of a driver stuck in traffic, or of a female driver being forced to stop at an unsafe location when the available duty hours run out.

According to Rep. Markwayne Mullen the new hours-of-service rules are “hypocritical,”. He also challenged Ferro to do her job based on the driver HOS limits.

Drivers know when they’re tired and when they’re not…they’re professionals. Ma’am, no one regulates how many hours you can work. This is a one-size-fits all approach, and you don’t want to hear about it.

Ferro then responded that there are “significant operating opportunities” within the new rule, and that Mullen’s call to focus on lawbreakers was “the heart of CSA.”

In a similar vein, Rep. Lou Barletta asked why, given the GAO’s report of the program’s shortcomings, FMCSA isn’t “doing the right thing” by removing carrier scores from the website “until CSA is fixed.”

Ferro responded by emphasizing that the agency is committed to improving the program, but she disagreed with GAO recommendation that CSA should focus more on larger trucking companies. Additionally, she emphasized that CSA is designed to “anticipate” safety problems, and not to wait until after crashes have occurred to measure carriers, as the GOA study suggested.

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trucking93On February 12th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule establishing a Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

This rule will lead to the creation of a database of CDL holders that have failed or refused a drug test. It will also require carriers to upload such information and consult the database when hiring drivers.

The agency was set to publish the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register last Friday,  Feb. 14, according to a DOT report from Feb. 10. However, the Publication Date is still listed as “to Be Determined” (TBD) on their website.

The establishment of the Drug Clearinghouse is required by the MAP-21 highway funding act. The rule cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget Jan. 28.

According to FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.,

We are leveraging technology to create a one-stop verification point to help companies hire drug and alcohol-free drivers. This proposal moves us further down the road toward improving safety for truck and bus companies, commercial drivers and the motoring public everywhere.

The American Trucking Associations voiced their strong support for the rule, calling it “long overdue.”

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trucking114Last Friday, while delivering the Keynote Speech at the Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show in Peoria, Ill.,   FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro refused to budge when it comes to the new Hours of Service Rule, during the Q & A portion of her address.

We are not changing the rule. This is the first time in a decade that we’ve got a rule that passed legal challenge. There are today no changes afoot.

…There continues, though, to be commitment on my part to one, take what we are hearing to improve how we are explaining the rules so that everybody has examples you can use while training your drivers, dispatchers and safety directors,” Ferro said. “And that we understand what the impact is on your operation and how many different ways that’s being interpreted. And two, continue to research to see, down the road, you know … to see what is the best approach. But again, this rule is in place.

That statement followed her speech, which touched on several topics, including electronic logging devices, Compliance, Safety, Accountability Scores, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s overall safety mission.

The current HOS rule, which began being enforced July 1, 2013, states that the 34-hour restart provision can only be used once every 168 hours and must include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods. Drivers are also required to take a 30-minute break after working eight consecutive hours.

During her address, Ferro once again brought up her two-day ride-along from Maryland to Missouri with owner-operator Leo Wilkins in November, where she slept in the truck’s sleeper berth,

What an eye-opener for me, what I knew in theory, of the operations and regulations already put in place.

According to Ferro, the new rule has decreased the number of HOS violations. She claimed that, initially, there were about 500 to 600 violations of the 30-minute break provision, but that has now slowed down to about 400 a month in the last two months.

Concerning the rule about drivers not driving after 60 hours in seven consecutive days or 70 hours in eight consecutive days, Ferro said that there were about 900 violations prior to the rule being enforced in July. In the first two months after the ruling, there were about 1,200 violations.

According to the FMCSA Administrator, violations have now dropped down to the 800-range in a month, because,

It comes down to ensuring your drivers and you are rested behind the wheel.

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trucking111The FMCSA is about to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register next week that will allow it to suspend or revoke the authority of motor carriers who have been found to have a pattern of “egregious disregard” for federal safety rules, rather than relying on results of compliance reviews alone.

The agency announced last Friday that the proposed rule would help “target high-risk carriers that endanger travelers by avoiding or covering up their negative history of safety compliance.”

The authority for the rule change was granted by both of the most recent highway reauthorization acts, including the MAP-21 law passed in July 2012.

The Federal Register entry will be published next week, per the agency’s announcement. It will join a proposed rule, which we wrote about last week, which will mandate the use of Electronic Logs in the Trucking Industry, that is also expected to be published in the Federal Register next week.

The electronic logging device (formerly known as electronic onboard recorders) rule will not only mandate the use of e-logs but will set device standards and address driver harassment relative to e-log use.

This additional rule is designed to prevent the coercion of drivers to drive in violation of safety rules by carriers, shippers, receivers or other intermediaries.

According to this latest entry concerning the violation of safety rules, if the FMCSA determines a carrier “engages or has engaged in a pattern or practice of avoiding regulatory compliance or masking noncompliance,” it will have the authority to shut the carrier down based on the agency’s determination, rather than solely on a carrier’s safety fitness rating.

More details will be known next week when the rule is published in the Federal Register.

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trucking108According to a report by the Department of Transportation, a proposed rule, which will mandate the use of Electronic Logs in the Trucking Industry, is expected to be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 29th.

The electronic logging device (formerly known as electronic onboard recorders) rule will not only mandate the use of e-logs but will set device standards and address driver harassment relative to e-log use.

This additional rule is designed to prevent the coercion of drivers to drive in violation of safety rules by carriers, shippers, receivers or other intermediaries.

The Electronic Log rule is projected to clear the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Jan. 17th.

The report also says the rule will have a 60-day comment period that will last until April 1st.

The Anti-Coercion rule is predicted to clear the OMB April 14 and be published in the Federal Register on April 23rd.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule is also set to clear the OMB on Jan. 17th, and the same DOT report predicts that the rule will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 31st.

This new rule will create and establish a database of drivers who have failed or refused drug or alcohol tests.

Carriers will be required to submit failed or refused tests to the database. Carriers also will be required to consult with the database when hiring drivers.

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tfl4Jan. 30th is the deadline for America’s Truck Drivers to self-certify their operating status and provide medical examiner’s certificates to state driver licensing agencies.

As of Jan. 30, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration started requiring CDL holders to identify if they conduct intrastate or interstate commerce and if they hold non-excepted or excepted status. Most truckers are classified under non-excepted interstate commerce and must furnish a current medical examiner’s certificate to state agencies.

Those who do not need to have a license renewal, upgrade or transfer during the two-year implementation process still must self-certify and provide a DOT card, by the 2014 deadline.

State agencies who do not receive self-certification, medical certificates and any required variance from CDL-holders by the compliance deadline will notify the drivers that they are no longer medically certified in non-excepted interstate commerce. State officials will then remove all CDL privileges from their licenses.

The FMCSA 2008 final rule required CDL holders subject to federal physical qualification to provide a medical certificate to state agencies. After several states reported they could not meet the original 2012 deadline, the FMCSA extended the paper copy requirement. Interstate CDL holders must keep paper copies of the certificate with them and carriers file a paper copy until Jan. 30, 2014.

Following the 2014 deadline, the medical paper certificates will be valid the first 15 days after issuance. After the 15-day limit, certificate will be recorded on CDL holders driving records and will be considered the valid medical certification.

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trucking105The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on plans to conduct a field test of alternatives to the current sleeper berth rule.

According to the agency, the idea for the test emerged over a year ago when Administrator Anne Ferro called for proposals to help see if electronic logs and the latest sleep research could offer more safety and flexibility.

The National Association of Small Trucking Companies has gotten involved and now is working with the agency to plan a field operational test, per the FMCSA.

The testing will be done in an attempt to follow up on earlier research that found that a split sleep schedule is preferable to consolidated sleep, although neither is as restorative as consolidated sleep at night.

The FMCSA also plans to meet with American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association on the issue.

The agency’s announcement follows on the heels of a request by the ATA and the Minnesota Trucking Association for a pilot program to study the sleeper berth rules.

According to a statement issued by Dave Osiecki, ATA senior vice president of policy regulatory affairs,

It’s our understanding that the agency is reviewing the ATA-MTA proposal and is also interested in working with other industry groups as part of this type of near-term research.

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tfl1Detention Pay for Drivers has been a “Hot Button Issue” in the Transportation Industry for a while now. It seems like everyone in the supply chain benefits from uncompensated detention time…except the driver.

The fact that the Trucking Industry has been focused on Driver Pay lately, could mean that progress will soon be made on the subject of Detention Pay.

According to Landstar-leased owner-operator John Scott,

How the government ignores this is simply a dollars-and-cents thing to prevent upsetting the shippers and receivers. I know we don’t want to make products go up [in price] for consumers, so the end result is that drivers continue to absorb the lousy efficiency of our transportation system.

Many carriers have moved in in the direction of time-based pay systems with hourly detention-pay plans, though other research suggests that nearly half of the industry’s drivers get no detention pay.

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro has been plain-spoken about her intention to use the “bully pulpit” to influence shippers and receivers. But, Ferro has also said time and time again that the FMCSA lacks the authority to set rules for the docks.

According to Ferro, the agency is studying how to solve this problem. Ferro has said that she expected results in 2015, but agency spokesman Duane Debruyne recently stated that the study is on a bit faster tracks — results, he said, would be coming before the end of 2014.

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trucking97Last Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s oversight processes in the aftermath of four deadly crashes that the NTSB investigated.

According to the Safety Board, the accidents might have been prevented if the FMCSA had not overlooked operational and equipment deficiencies involving the carriers during compliance reviews.

The NTSB sent a 14-page letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx detailing their findings and recommendations.

The NTSB also issued a news release which read,

The findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

…Together, these accidents resulted in 25 deaths and 83 injuries. In each accident, investigators identified safety deficiencies and noted red flags that had been present prior to the crashes but were unnoticed or were not acted upon by FMCSA regulators until after the crashes.

According to NTSB Chairman, Deborah A.P. Hersman,

While FMCSA deserves recognition for putting bad operators out of business, they need to crack down before crashes occur, not just after high-visibility events. Our investigators found that in many cases, the poor performing company was on FMCSA’s radar for violations, but was allowed to continue operating and was not scrutinized closely until they had deadly crashes.”

The FMCSA replied to the NTSB’s recommendations:

Increasing safety to save lives and prevent bus and truck crashes is at the heart of our mission at FMCSA. In the past three years, we have more than tripled the number of unsafe companies and drivers we have taken off the road through more comprehensive investigations. We have also brought together key safety, industry and enforcement organizations to ask for their help and support our efforts. We are continuously looking for new ways to make our investigation methods even more effective so we shut down unsafe companies before a crash occurs and will thoroughly review the NTSB’s findings.”

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