FMCSA further extends the COVID-19, this time through September 14, 2020.  Not only that, transporters of basic food commodities have been re-added back to the list, underscoring the government’s concern that the pandemic is far from “over” at this point.

EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF THE MODIFIED EXPANDED EMERGENCY DECLARATION No. 2020-002 UNDER 49 CFR § 390.25 This extension continues the relief granted in Emergency Declaration 2020-002 as modified on June 15, 2020 except that because of current conditions, FMCSA is reinstating emergency relief for emergency restocking of food, paper products and other groceries at distribution centers or stores. Learn More

In an attempt to assist truck drivers in a time of uncertainty, the federal government has backed off enforcement. In this SAMBA Safety webinar, “The Real Story of Violation Data in the Time of COVID,” attendees learn from industry experts the long-term impact of a lack of violation and other data. They will also discover why fleets need to focus on safety despite the “vacation” from inspections. This is a not-to-be-missed event as we look forward to the end of the pandemic.  For more information, contact SAMBA Safety at  
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DataQs Analyst Guide This one’s been around for a few years (since December 2014), however it’s still practical, if even more so today.  As the amount of Roadside Data in Safety Measurement System (SMS) has plummeted during the pandemic, accuracy or the remaining data becomes all the more relevant as the denominator (# of inspections) continues to dwindle.  As older inspections (24+ months ago) drop off the motor carrier’s SMS profile, whatever remains in the numerator of the formula gets divided by a smaller and smaller number (the denominator).  So, even if you have no recent inspections – your CSA score can go up!  Download this guide and learn how to challenge roadside inspections that may have been erroneously posted to your USDOT#.  Contact your Thorn Valley Loss Control Engineer for further assistance. Read More

The End of the Item Response Theory debate?  (Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, Inc.)  Learn More