FMCSA Announces Changes to Reporting of Adjudicated Citations

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in a Federal Register Notice this week that beginning August 23, 2014, motor carriers and drivers will be able to request the removal of roadside inspection violations from agency data systems to more accurately reflect outcomes of judicial proceedings. The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers […]

Editing the plan | Fleet Management content from Fleet Owner

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Long-term survival in the business world requires the discipline to frequently reinvent your company. If you don’t adapt to the constantly changing business environment, your business will fall behind that of your  competitors. Trucking and hauling freight is a dynamic, fluid industry that’s constantly changing and evolving.  Two excellent examples are the always-changing trucking regulations […]

Avoiding an FMCSA Intervention

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Nobody wants to go through an FMCSA intervention, which can range from warning letters to comprehensive onsite inspections, fines, and even disciplinary action. Avoiding an intervention means not only having a commitment to safety, but also understanding what triggers FMCSA action. According to the FMCSA, the basic trigger for initiating the intervention process is when […]

Terry Smith’s focus on safety, health, biz produces balance of disciplined professionalism, vibrant lifestyle

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Terry Smith of Miramichi, New Brunswick, has five rules for safety that have helped him to drive 4.75 million accident-free miles in his 42-year career. The fruits of his fifth rule, which impacts more than safety, helped him earn the industry’s top honor: 2013 Owner-Operator of the Year. The award recognizes not just his stellar […]

Flatbed booms as rates stay strong in April

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Flatbed rates soared again in April, likely due to a rebounding construction market that saw an increase in activity as weather warmed in the month and leading the way in April rate activity. The per-mile spot market rate for flatbed rose another 5 cents in the month to $2.25, according to data released this week […]

FMCSA to Explore Raising Insurance Minimums for Interstate Carriers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is exploring the potential to  raise the $750,000 insurance minimum requirement for commercial motor vehicles. In a report to Congress in April 2014, the FMCSA says current minimums are inadequate to meet the costs of some crashes because “inflation has greatly increased medical claims costs and related expenses.” […]