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September 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is withdrawing its proposed rule for entry-level driver training and will start over with a new proposal. The agency explained in a Federal Register announcement that there are substantive problems with the proposal it has been working on since 2007.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Driver Training

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Restart Study Will Be Late

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is not going to meet the September 30 deadline for completing its study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, a Hill staff member reported.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

House Committee to Vote on Sleep Apnea Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee scheduled a Thursday vote on a bill that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders rather than issue a guidance.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress, Sleep Apnea, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

September 13, 2013 - Industry News

Attorney vs. Attorney on Crash Accountability

The debate was civil and informed, but it underscored the deeply held convictions that divide trucking and safety advocacy interests over how the CSA safety enforcement system accounts for fault in crashes.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, Safety & Compliance, Crash Accountability

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Roadcheck 2013: One in Five Vehicles Inspected Placed Out-of-Service

The results are in for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Roadcheck 2013, which took place June 4-6. Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,023 truck and bus inspections during the 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach campaign.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA, OOS, Transport Canada, Roadcheck 2013, CCMTA, Secretariat of Communications and Transportation

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Legislation, Safety, ATA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Guidance on New Broker, Freight Forwarder Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is setting an Oct. 1 deadline for compliance with new requirements for brokers and freight forwarders. In a Federal Register notice Thursday, the agency laid out its plan for implementing the terms of last year’s highway law, including a $75,000 bond requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Brokers

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Getting Closer to Decision on Crash Accountability

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finished its analysis of crash accountability and is now reviewing the work in preparation for public release.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC, Crash Accountability

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts New Carrier Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has completed a years-long effort to streamline and simplify its registration system. In a notice posted Friday, the agency spelled out the changes that will take effect when the new regime kicks in a little over two years from now.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Unified Registration System

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Group Questions NTSB Straight Truck Safety Recommendations

The NAFA Fleet Management Association has raised concerns about straight truck safety recommendations issued earlier this summer by the National Transportation Safety Board after a study found they were not as safe as their larger counterparts.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, CDL, Trucks, U.S. DOT, Medium-Duty Trucks, Private Fleets

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Ready-Mix Concrete Carriers Seek HOS Exemption

UPDATED--The ready-mix concrete industry is asking for an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the new hours-of-service rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, FMCSA, Drivers

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

CSA Safety Measurement System Website Updated, Includes Two New Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the CSA Safety Measurement System website has been updated with new snapshots of fleet performance and two new violations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, Alcohol

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Stands by Oilfield HOS Guidance, Seeks Comments on Other Exemptions

An hours-of-service guidance for oilfield haulers will remain as it is, although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it is open to applications for individual exceptions. In other HOS news, the agency is looking for comments on exempting munitions and livestock haulers from the 30-minute break requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

August 9, 2013 - Industry News

ELog Proposal Goes to Office of Management and Budget

The Transportation Department sent its proposed Electronic Logging Devices rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting before publication.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, EOBR, Fleets, eLog

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

Tags: HOS, Hours of Service, FMCSA, Litigation

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hair Testing More Reliable for Detecting Illegal Drug Use, HHS Panel Told

Five years of dual testing data from the trucking industry, which included over 200,000 DOT driver candidates from more than 25 different motor carriers, demonstrates that urine testing by itself is no longer effective for pre-employment screening.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Report Says to Expect Three FMCSA Proposals Soon

The U.S. Transportation Department has released its semi-annual regulatory agenda summarizing of all current and projected rulemakings. On the near-term agenda are a drug and alcohol testing database, no-defect DVIRs and electronic driver logs.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, EOBR, ELD, Regulations

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, Hours of Service, Enforcement, Drivers

July 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Changes Instructions for Off-Duty Time

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has simplified its instructions for driver off-duty time, issuing a new "guidance" regarding the need to get instructions from employers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan to develop the system, contingent on getting its other work done and obtaining the resources for the job.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Regulations, Safety

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants 30-Minute Break Waiver to Livestock Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday is expected to publish its granting of a limited 90-day waiver from the 30-minute rest break provision of the federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for the transportation of livestock.

Tags: HOS, FMCSA, Livestock Hauling, Regulations

July 1, 2013 - Industry News

New Hours of Service Enforcement Begins Today

It’s the day many in trucking have dreaded. July 1 is the day updated hours of service regulations go into effect. Here's some information to help you make sense of the changes.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

June 28, 2013 - Industry News

Status Report: Cross-Border Trucking Program with Mexico

Nearly two years after the United States and Mexico agreed to resume a long-haul cross-border pilot trucking program between the two countries, the amount of participation by Mexican operations continues increasing, but only slowly, and far from what federal officials hoped to see.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

Two Indicted For Ignoring FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

If anyone thinks the FMCSA is not serious about trucking and bus companies staying off the road after it has ordered them to shut down, due to safety concerns, you only need to look as far as what has happened to one operation and two individuals who have been indicted.

Tags: FMCSA

June 20, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Log: A Two-Day Trip Becomes a Three-Day Trip

Credit: DAT

How will the new hours of service rules affect typical 1,000-mile hauls? A few of the new rules can make the timing of a driver's on-duty hours critical to a successful trip. For example, the lane from Chicago to Houston, typically a two-day trip, could be tricky under the new HOS rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, DAT Transcore

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