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The Driver Shortage, CDL Training, and CSA 2010- The Saga Continues

Apr
14,
2010
7

by Allen Smith It’s no secret to everyone, drivers have been anticipating a lot of change and rumors of change within the trucking industry. First there is the infamous CSA 2010, the description and explanation of which can alter depending … Continue reading

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Truckers Sleeper Berth Rule

Mar
11,
2010
2

When it comes to writing the various regulations for professional truckers, it can be quite confusing to say the least.   What looks good on paper for some, appears as complete chaos to those responsible for abiding by the rules.  The … Continue reading

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CSA2010 Severity and Point System Safety Rating for Truck Drivers

Jan
22,
2010
40

The purpose of the CSA2010 initiative (Comprehensive Safety Analysis) is to “develop more effective and efficient methods for FMCSA, together with industry and state partners, to achieve its mission of reducing commercial motor vehicle crashes, fatalities, and injuries.” Basically, a … Continue reading

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Closed Rest Areas to Reopen in Virginia

Jan
21,
2010
0

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – As reported by WUSA9.com The Commonwealth Transportation Board has voted to reopen 19 closed Interstate rest stops in Virginia. The board’s unanimous approval Wednesday followed a short appeal by (Republican) Gov. Bob McDonnell, who made good … Continue reading

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CSA 2010 Good for Trucking Industry or Opportunity for Abuse?

Nov
6,
2009
67

The trucking industry will soon see a change in the FMCSA safety rating system, Safestat.  The new program, CSA 2010 will soon be underway.   I see what could be a good thing for the safety standards of the trucking industry, … Continue reading

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The Virginia 2 Hour Parking Rule is Finally Over for Truckers

Jun
21,
2009
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The long entailed battle of the 2 hour Parking Law in Virgina is finally over! On June 18th, 2009 it was made official that the 2 hour commercial parking rule was replaced with ” no overnight parking”  signs. The state … Continue reading

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Virginia DOT Coming Up Broke

Jun
10,
2009
0

The Virginia Department of Transportation ability to build and maintain its roads and highway system is collapsing.  Unless Federal or State legislation comes to the rescue, VDOT may soon find itself unable to maintain the state’s own infrastructure. The Federal … Continue reading

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Anne Ferro Nominated by Barack Obama to Head the FMCSA

Jun
6,
2009
6

On Thursday June 4th, President Obama nominated Anne S Ferro to be the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ( FMCSA) FMCSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation which has the responsibility of overseeing and … Continue reading

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Truck Drivers Right to Due Process

May
20,
2009
2

What is “Due Process?” The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”   If a public employee has a property interest in a job, he … Continue reading

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Railroad Bill Introduced to Congress

May
17,
2009
2

We first reported about the plan to build a railroad transportation yard in the state of Virginia, back on April 26th, 2009, and how this is more than likely, the true underlying reason for the planned closings of the rest … Continue reading

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