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February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

Aftrmath of Jan. 27, 2014, truck crash near Naperville, Ill. Image via NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers ELD Rule Webinars to Help Fleets Comply

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Training Center has announced two webinars about the new electronic logging device mandate to help fleets comply with the rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Webinar, ELDs

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Driver-Coercion Rule Takes Effect on Jan. 29

Image: Seeing Machines

The new rule prohibiting acts of coercion aimed at compelling truck drivers to violate federal safety regulations takes effect on Jan. 29.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Driver Coercion

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Halving Random Drug-Test Threshold

Image: FMCSA

FMCSA will lower the annual minimum random drug-testing rate for CDL holders from 50% of the average number of CDL-driver positions to 25% annually for the 2016 calendar year, effective Jan. 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Wants Sleep-Apnea Data

Photo: Volvo Group

A DOT data-collection request could be first step toward federal regulation of the testing and treatment of truck drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

Photo courtesy J.J. Keller

By early December 2017, an estimated 3 million commercial drivers will have thrown out their paper logbooks. A long-anticipated rule requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) for truck and bus driver hours of service was announced Thursday morning.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 4, 2015 - Product News

HireRight Adds Sleep Apnea Study to Driver Screening

Employee screening provider HireRight has launched a new sleep apnea study service as part of its screening offering for the transportation industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue, Screening

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Hiding Medical History

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Georgia-licensed truck driver Matthew Jason Boozer to be an imminent hazard to public safety due to an undisclosed medical problem which caused an accident.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Health, Imminent Hazard, Preventable Accidents

October 16, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Violated HOS Limits on Day of Fatal Crash

Image: FMCSA

A truck driver was declared an imminent hazard by FMCSA after it was found that he had violated hours-of-service the day of an accident that killed three persons.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Fatal Accidents, Imminent Hazard

October 8, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driver Training Grants Aimed at Vets

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded nearly $2.3 million in grants to train veterans and their families as truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Veterans, Grants, Hiring Veterans

October 1, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Ends Restart Study Data Collection

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has concluded data collection for the congressionally-mandated study on the effects of hours-of-service restart regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Hours of Service, Fatigue, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

September 4, 2015 - Industry News

Federal Panels to Discuss Driver Wellness Initiative

Photo: Seeing Machines

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board will meet jointly on Sept. 21-22 to discuss a new “driver wellness initiative”

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Health

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Did FMCSA Spin Report on HOS Restart?

The day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated its general satisfaction with a Government Accountability Office study of the hours-of-service changes implemented in 2013, the American Trucking Associations slammed the safety agency for “cherry-picking” a few points “in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers.”

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, GAO, 34-Hour Restart

July 31, 2015 - Industry News

Nebraska Trucker Pleads Guilty to Threatening FMCSA Inspector

A Nebraska trucker could face up to a year in prison for threatening FMCSA employees over the phone.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Crime & Fraud

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Supports GAO Recommendations for HOS

FMCSA has voiced its support of a U.S. Government Accountability Office report that examined the hours-of-service changes that were implemented in 2013.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Fatigue, HOS

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Involved in Crash Declared Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has declared a Kentucky-licensed truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety after a crash investigation revealed several cases of falsified records.

Tags: FMCSA, Investigation, Fatal Accidents, Crime & Fraud, Imminent Hazard

July 10, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Could Be First Step to Younger Truck Drivers

Bill would let states jointly study lowering the CDL age requirement for interstate truckers. Photo: Haldex

A Senate bill would instruct FMCSA to conduct a pilot study of lowering the age at which Class A CDL holders can drive trucks across state lines.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Shortage, U.S. Senate

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Over 10,000 Veterans Used the CDL Skills Test Waiver

More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have taken advantage of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Military Skills Test Waiver Program since it began in 2011.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Veterans

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

CDL Tester Indicted in South Carolina

A third-party CDL tester used by South Carolina has been indicted for giving tests he wasn't supposed to and skimping on the tests themselves.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Crime & Fraud, U.S. DOT

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants C.R. England Driver Training Exemption

Photo via C.R. England

The FMCSA has granted C.R. England a training rule exemption allowing drivers who have passed the CDL skills test to operate a vehicle on public roads without requiring a CDL holder to monitor them from the front seat.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

Image: FMCSA

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, DOT, Accidents

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers

Proposed rule would replace individual exemptions for insulin-treated drivers with annual medical certification. Image: FMCSA

The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Medical Examiners

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Still Seeking Drivers for 34-Hour Restart Study

Photo: J.J. Keller

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is still seeking volunteer truck drivers for its 34-hour restart study.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Restart Study

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Drugged Driving

The FMCSA declared driver Robert Lee Turner an imminent hazard after he struck an officer at the Port of Savannah and was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Drugged Driving, Alcohol Testing

February 27, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest

Art by Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Seat Belts, Contest, Child Safety

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