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    A CSA Fix is in the Wind

    November 25, 2015 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    There’s hope these days that one of the worst examples of safety legislation ever devised in the U.S. will get a makeover in the next year or so. That may be optimistic, but with a multi-year highway bill now almost through the Washington meat grinder, the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program looks bound to change. One of the bill’s many aims is one that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to rework its mighty flawed reporting regime. Common sense, that oh-so-rare feature of regulatory reality, may yet prevail.
    And that would be a boon to the thousands of Canadian carriers, drivers, and owner-operators who use American highways. Like their south-of-the-border counterparts, they might just see an end to what can frequently be wildly unfair safety assessments based on flawed principles and weird math.
    If you don’t want to wait, and I sure wouldn’t, there’s help at hand. It comes from Vigillo LLC, a data-mining company that offers fleet subscribers a rather sophisticated CSA analytics service. It’s designed to aggregate, organize, and deliver complex carrier safety data in a scorecard format. More particularly, the help comes from a new and additional service called JUST, which will properly examine an accident submitted for review by subscriber carriers.

  • Trucking Company Faces More Than $3 Million in Fines

    November 25, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    EDMONTON, AB – Police in Edmonton have charged a locally based trucking company with over $3 million in commercial vehicle related fines this month due to more than 1,900 alleged violations. The Edmonton Police Service’s Commercial Vehicle Inspection Detail says it received information AB Gill Trucking Ltd. that was allegedly carrying loads over the allowed weight limits.
    The investigation began on Sept. 25, 2015, following an anonymous tip.
    Many of the company’s trucks were being used to transport soil to a waste management facility on Yellowhead Trail and 170 Street.
    From Aug. 15 to Sept. 19, 2015, the trucking company made 1907 trips to the waste management facility, according to police. Also, trucks operated by the same company were reported to be overweight by at least one ton on each visit. One truck was allegedly recorded as nearly 18 tons overweight.

  • P.E.I. Ending Truck Disinfection Program at Year’s End

    November 19, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    CHARLOTTETOWN, PE — Truckers hauling potatoes on Prince Edward Island will have one less matter to contend with following a recent decision by officials in the province to close the truck disinfection station in the town of Borden-Carleton and remove mobile units by Dec. 31.

    According to CBC News, under the program, trucks carrying potatoes are sprayed to help prevent bacterial ring rot.

    However, in an interview with an official with the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) says the program is no longer needed because potatoes aren’t at risk of disease anymore, only the seed loads are potentially at risk.

  • CTA, New Jersey Reach Agreement on Tax, Truck Seizures

    November 16, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says it has reached an agreement for its members with officials in one U.S. state so trucks will no longer be seized for failure to pay a certain tax under a temporary amnesty program.

  • Alberta Recognizes Military Licences for Trucking

    November 12, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    EDMONTON, AB — Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation announced his government will now begin to recognize the DND 404 military driver’s permit.

    This allows for the awarding of the civilian equivalent commercial licence to serving and recently retired vets who had a valid DND 404 within the qualifying timeframe.

    Until now, such military driving qualifications were not transferable into a commercial licence despite the fact that many serving and retired veterans have already acquired the needed driver training, qualifications and experience in the Canadian Armed Forces to drive heavy military vehicles on Canadian roads and abroad.

  • Research: CSA Ratings Improve Under Alternative Analysis

    November 11, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    ARLINGTON, VA — New research indicates truck fleet safety scores under the U.S. CSA program improve when non-preventable crashes are excluded from the equation.

  • Alberta Trucking Group Meets Provincial Transportation Officials

    November 5, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    ROCKY VIEW, AB – Members of the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) Executive Committee recently met with province’s Infrastructure and Transportation Minister, Brian Mason and Deputy Minister Greg Bass. This was the first formal meeting the group has had with the ministers. For the bus and trucking industry to effectively meet the transportation needs of Albertans, AMTA said it has identified two key priorities for action.

  • Major Hurdle Cleared for In-Transit Shipments

    November 2, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    ROCKY VIEW, AB — There is much joy in at least one part of trucking following news that the ability of carriers from both Canada and U.S. to conduct in-transit shipments through the other country is close to being achieved.

  • Saskatchewan Ups B-train Lengths, Allows Longer Boat Tails

    October 29, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan government has announced changes to regulations allowing longer B-trail double trailer combinations and increased weights on the highways they can travel while allowing longer aerodynamic devices on the backs of trucks.

  • Number 1 Trucking Issue, Survey Says is…

    October 19, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    PHILADELPHIA, PA –The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) on Sunday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry and the top one was a familar one.

    For the third year in a row, this research arm of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) found U.S. hours-of-service (HOS) rules as the top industry concern.

    For the past two years, major HOS impacts on supply chains were the impetus behind the first place ranking, according to ATRI. In this year’s survey, carriers and drivers voiced their concern over the uncertain future of the current suspension of the rules.

    The complete results of the annual survey of over 4,000 industry stakeholders were released at the ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia, PA, the nation’s largest gathering of motor carrier executives.

  • Operation Safe Driver Running Now Through Saturday

    October 18, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    GREENBELT, MD — A period of heightened truck safety enforcement and education is going on now through Oct 24.

    The annual Operation Safe Driver is going on throughout North America as law enforcement is cracking down on both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and car drivers in this event organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in conjunction with provincial, state, and local law enforcement, along with trucking industry partners.

    During Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance.

  • NL Makes Defence Licence Equal to Commercial Licence

    October 15, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    ST. JOHNS, NL — The Newfoundland Labrador government has announced it is formally recognizing specific training under the Department of National Defence 404 driver’s licence as equivalent to a commercial vehicle driver’s licence.

  • U.S. Trucking Regulators Defend Controversial Safety System

    October 9, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal trucking regulators in the U.S. are defending a key safety system used to identify trucking companies that have a high risk of being in crashes.

    A new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has to do with the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS), rolled out four years ago as part of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) program, designed to improve trucking industry safety.

    According to the agency, the report found that SMS effectively identifies trucking companies involved in 90 percent of the more than 100,000 crashes that occur each year in the U.S., and those that are identified as high-risk carriers continue to have crash rates that are twice the national average.

    SMS, as well as, CSA, have come under fire by some groups in trucking as well as by certain U.S. lawmakers, claiming the measures often make safe trucking operaitons look bad.

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    Does VW’s Diesel Fiasco Have Trucking Parallels?

    October 9, 2015 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    There can’t be anyone on the planet who hasn’t read or heard at least a few hundred words on the Volkswagen diesel emissions fiasco. But get ready for a few more because this is a story that goes way beyond a very tall company stooping very low to cheat. And it’s certainly not just about cars. Those of us in trucking know that only too well.

  • Carrier Transicold Moves Toward ‘Natural’ Cooling Technology

    October 7, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    ATHENS, GA – The trailer refrigeration system manufacturer Carrier Transicold is looking ahead toward natural refrigerant technology. The move it said surpasses current alternatives in terms of reducing environmental impact while voluntarily aligning with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest and more stringent refrigerant change listing for other commercial, non-transport refrigeration systems.