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The FMCSA’s Safety Management Cycle and the Potential Impact on Motor Carriers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may have placed motor carriers in a very difficult situation by touting the Safety Management Cycle (SMC) as the preferred methodology for both identifying and correcting safety and compliance issues. Rob Moseley, head of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Transportation Industry Group, said that “a motor carrier adhering to these […]

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Recent FMCSA Guidelines Clarification May Surprise Many Operators

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At a recent Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) annual drug and alcohol screening conference, Jim Keenan,an industry expert and former program administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided an interesting interpretation of the current rules of the FMCSA as they pertain to the use of prescription drugs by drivers. Currently, many FMCSA-regulated organizations […]

FMCSA to Study Correlation between Preventable Accidents and Future Crash Risk

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In response to transportation industry stakeholders requesting the consideration of accident accountability into Safety Measurement System (SMS) scoring, and in a continuing effort to improve, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it will conduct a 12 month long study into “crash weighting.” Currently, the Crash Indicator in the SMS includes all […]

CMV Drivers Barred From Using Schedule I Drugs

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revised three rules for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to clarify that CMV drivers may not use Schedule I drugs and be qualified to drive CMVs. These become effective on February 29, 2012. The purpose of the changes are to clarify perceived inconsistencies in the FMCSA’s regulations, […]

As the Hiring Outlook Improves for Transportation, so does Risk

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As a supplement to the 2011 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, we asked respondents working in transportation to answer industry-specific questions. The result is the HireRight Transportation Spotlight, which features the responses from hiring professionals working in trucking, bussing, shipping and air transportation. Similar to the respondents in the Benchmarking Report, the transportation respondents shared […]