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FMCSA recently revised the total number of CDL holders to 3.47 million

FMCSA recently revised the total number of CDL holders to 3.47 million. These are drivers working for carriers with an active DOT# (in 2018). This is a downward revision from 3.85 million in 2017, and is based on a data cleanup project undertaken by the Agency during...

STC in the News: FMCSA Doubles Random Drug-Testing Percentage for 2020

STC President Dave Osiecki in Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) regarding FMCSA’s decision to double the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substance testing for commercial motor vehicle drivers, from 25% to 50% percent, effective Jan. 1, in response to...

Technical Schmechnical – O/O’s Are Being Trapped by Technicality

On January 6, 2020, FMCSA’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse arrived, sort of. While technical challenges defined its first couple weeks in existence, there’s a fair amount of user error or misunderstanding that has compounded frustrations. One such misunderstanding...

Is FMCSA’s Beyond Compliance Program Beyond Its “Sell By” Date?

In the latest installment of the Beyond Compliance saga that began in 2010 with the implementation of the CSA program, FMCSA recently asked stakeholders to review and comment on its plan to survey motor carriers with exemplary safety performance records about what...

What the Crash Numbers Say

Despite the best of intentions, CSA has not moved the crash reduction needle. As shown in this table, large truck-involved fatal, injury and PDO crash rates rose substantially between the launch of CSA and 2017, which is the latest year for which finalized crash data...

A Decade of CSA – What Have We Learned, Part 1?

When FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program initially launched in 2010, it was called CSA-2010. At that time, FMCSA’s four CSA objectives were to: Increase contact with industry through increased efficiencies Maximize FMCSA and State partner...