August 2018

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August 2018 | Overdrive | 17 LOVE'S TRAVEL STOPS opened a new facility in Las Vegas, New Mexico, at the intersection of Interstate 25 and North Grand Avenue (Exit 347). The store features Subway and Chester's Chicken restaurants and 32 parking spots. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last month released a report on how it plans to reform its Com- pliance, Safety, Accountabil- ity program to better achieve CSA's goal of identifying unsafe trucking companies. The chief reforms outlined in FMCSA's 10-page report in- clude replacing the existing CSA Safety Measurement Sys- tem with a new scoring system, working to improve the quality of data used to score carriers, making it easier for carriers to understand and calculate their safety scores and evaluating an absolute scoring system instead of relying on relative scores that hinge on a comparison of carriers to their peers. The agency hopes to begin limited testing of a new scoring calculation method by Septem- ber, with a full-scale model test possibly in April. The FAST Act highway bill, signed into law by President Obama in December 2015, re- quired FMCSA to pull its SMS percentile rankings from public view and, with the help of the National Academies of Science, fi gure out how to make the CSA program more accurate in its assessment of motor carriers' safety. Congress required the agency to submit a plan on how it would shore up the program Find out more about how this app can revolutionize how you weigh your truck. 1-877-CAT-SCALE (228-7225) catscale.com | weighmytruck.com Now accepting: SAVE TIME. MAKE MONEY. Time is money, and you need to make every minute count. The Weigh My Truck app is the fastest way to weigh. It's a game changer that streamlines the weighing process and payment all from your mobile device. Weigh. Pay. Get Going. CAT OD 052518.qxp_Layout 1 5/29/18 9:37 AM Page 1 following widespread concern among carriers that the scores were unfair and inaccurate and relied on poor data. Last month, FMCSA announced it was scrapping its own CSA reforms proposed in 2015 in favor of broader reforms outlined by NAS in its CSA study report, noting the program's defi ciencies and ways the agency could make it more fair and accurate. – James Jaillet FMCSA to test new CSA scoring system

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