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March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Emergency Hauling Declarations Extended Once Again

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regional offices have once again extended emergency declarations waiving certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

Tags: FMCSA, Diesel, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Transport

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Worried but FMCSA Says It’s on Target for Certified Medical Examiners

Starting May 21 all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that by May 21 there will be enough examiners certified to handle the work, but trucking interests are not so sure.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations, Driver Health

February 16, 2014 - Industry News

Arbitration Action Filed Against U.S. Over Mexican Trucking

Mexico’s biggest trucking association has filed a $30 billion dollar arbitration claim against the United States for refusing to fully open the country to trucks from south of the border, as called for in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance, Supreme Court, Teamsters, President Obama

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, MCSAC

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Drivers

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license holders.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Alcohol Testing

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Ordered Off the Road by FMCSA Following Fatal Crash

Following a Jan. 27 crash killing an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injuring an Illinois State Police trooper, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Illinois-licensed truck driver Renato V. Velasquez to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance, Enforcement

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, MCSAC, Highway Bill

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Pulls Authority of Carrier in Long-Haul Mexico Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the authority of one of 14 Mexico-based trucking companies it approved earlier to run in its long-haul cross-border program.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Safety and Compliance

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Two Drivers and Company from the Road

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered two drivers and one trucking to seek life outside of the trucking industry following what it describes as some dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declarations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended state and regional emergency declarations it issued earlier for certain deliveries of propane and other home heating fuels.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Transport

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

ATA and others are critical of results of a study on the new hours of service rules. (Photo by Jim Park)

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Safety

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Expands Cold Weather Emergency Declarations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has expanded emergency declarations it issued earlier this month, waiving enforcement of some federal regulations for certain movements of propane and other home heating fuels due to shortages

Tags: FMCSA, Florida, Drivers, Hours of Service, North Dakota, Safety & Compliance, South Dakota, Propane Transport

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proves Benefit of Restart Rule, FMCSA Says

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours-of-service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Motor Safety Administration reports.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, Hours of Service

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Plenty of Drivers and Enforcement Officers Still Don’t Understand CSA

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Transportation Research Institute has released a new white paper showing a majority of the nation’s truck drivers do not have an understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety and Accountability program. CSA was rolled out nationally just over three years ago

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, American Transportation Research Institute, CSA, ATRI, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, CVSA

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal Nears Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now one step away from publishing a proposal to create a national database containing driver drug and alcohol test results.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing, Safety & Compliance

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Dips in November but Remains in Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Capacity, Freight Index

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Audit Says New York DOT Not Doing Enough About Truck Safety

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The New York state Department of Transportation is not adequately monitoring whether commercial carriers whose vehicles or drivers have been taken off the road because of violations are making needed repairs or corrections, potentially putting the public at risk, according to a new audit released by New York’s comptroller.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, New York, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, MAP-21, Regulations, Fleets, Drivers, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Exemptions Granted for Heating Fuel Deliveries in Midwest and Eastern U.S.

Source: MnDOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued two emergency exemptions for propane and other home heating fuel haulers, covering the Eastern and Midwest regions of the country.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance, Propane Transport

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Propane Haulers Ask for Regional HOS Exemptions

In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the National Propane Gas Association on Wednesday called on him to grant regional exemptions from federal hours of service regulations for the Midwest and Eastern parts of the U.S., to relieve what the group says is "pressure on the current propane distribution network."

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas, U.S. DOT

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Readies Sanctions Against Repeat Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a rule next week containing tough new sanctions against carriers that disregard safety rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. (File photo by Jim Park)

Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?

Tags: ATA, HOS, Accidents, FMCSA, Anne Ferro, Regulations, Safety and Compliance, TRB

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Proposed Coercion Rule Closer to Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one step closer to proposing a rule that would prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. The proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before publication.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, eLog

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Med Card, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company to Stop Retaliating Against Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who refused to drive in violation of safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, whistleblower, Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc., Drivers

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