July 2014

Overdrive Magazine | Trucking Business News & Owner Operator Info

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18 | Overdrive | July 2014 Logbook Firestone air springs give you increased ride comfort, longer life for your truck parts, and fewer worries about inspections and cargo. Not to mention decidedly less pain in the butt. WIN A SET OF TIRES! Visit RideFirestoneAirSprings.com/Overdrive for a chance to win a free set of tires for your personal vehicle. PERFORMANCE. RELIABILITY. COMFORT. ANYTHING ELSE IS JUST A PAIN IN THE BUTT. Untitled-13 1 5/19/14 2:19 PM Text INFO to 205-289-3555 or visit www.ovdinfo.com Data to account for successful citation challenges Starting Aug. 23, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will im- plement changes to its data collection system to account for any legal process- es that come after roadside inspection citations are issued, which could result in removal of those violations from a driver's or carrier's record. In a Final Rule notice published June 5, FMCSA says the changes will allow its Motor Carrier Manage- ment Information System to remove violations if they were dismissed or resulted in a "not guilty" ruling. The changes, however, will not be applied to citations issued before Aug. 23. Data from MCMIS feeds the agency's Safety Measure- ment System – the heart of its Compliance, Safety, Account- ability program – and its driver Pre-employment Screening Program reports. Both pro- grams could be affected by the change, FMCSA says. Presently, FMCSA has no way of accounting for dismiss- als or "not guilty" verdicts in its system. This has drawn the ire of the trucking industry since the data began being used to rank carriers in CSA. FMCSA will retain the viola- tion and indicate it resulted in a different or lesser charge and change the severity weight in the carrier's CSA SMS score if adjudication results in convic- tion of a different charge. If the carrier is convicted of the original charge, both the CSA and PSP records will retain the violation. Challenges to the citations will continue to be made through the agency's DataQs system with Roadside Data Re- view requests, the agency says. – James Jaillet THE SPEED LIMITER man- date proposal was delayed three weeks by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin- istration, which now expects to publish a proposed rule Oct. 23. Logbook_0714.indd 18 6/26/14 9:37 PM

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