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Commentary

December 16, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's final rules rarely differ dramatically from what the agency floated in notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs). Often, major rules contain a few minor concessions that seem aimed mostly at making it look like the agency actually read public comments and at defending the rule in potential litigation a...

November 16, 2016

We are seeing more web-based load brokers, and now even Uber is getting into the act with its new Uber Freight initiative. The concept of all these efforts is simple: Provide a web-based marketplace for shippers to find low-cost trucking services in the spot market. These web-based "3PLs" actually are property brokers, but their model is much simpl...

November 9, 2016

Donald Trump’s surprise win has many scrambling to reassess what federal policy will be on a wide range of issues. It’s fair to say that we will see dramatic shifts in some areas – health care, labor, environment and trade policy, to name a few. For example, we likely will see a reversal of efforts by President Obama to favor employer-employee rela...

November 8, 2016

Truck insurance costs are going up, assuming you can even get coverage. The hardening of the truck insurance market received national attention last month in a Wall Street Journal article, “Nuclear Verdicts Have Insurers Running from Trucks.” Two major insurers, Zurich and AIG, have dropped coverage for most for-hire trucking companies.

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October 5, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed future enhancements to the Safety Measurement System (SMS), the methodology that determines Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores. FMCSA has actually proposed most of these changes before, but it is apparently is revisiting the changes in light of the ongoing review of CSA and S...

August 13, 2016

Since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration first began publishing motor carriers’ raw safety data nearly two decades ago, the trucking industry has reminded the agency and Congress of the flaws in that data and the dangers of its misuse. While FMCSA has made strides in improving the accuracy and timeliness of inspection and crash data it...

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