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June 17, 2013 - Industry News

New Research Claims Flaws in HOS Restart Benefit

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its assessment of the regulatory impact analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to justify changes to the 34-hour restart provision, scheduled to take effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

New Hours-of-Service: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

The clock is ticking down toward July 1, when truck drivers and carriers must comply with new hours-of-service rules, but a lot of questions about them remain. Below is an outline of the rules and some frequently asked questions, courtesy of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Pilot Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest organization in the U.S. representing the rights of professional truck drivers, filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico on Monday, June 3.

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

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Oklahoma and Missouri Waivers Added to Growing List from FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended a regional emergency in areas of Oklahoma affected by a series of tornados that hit the area as early as May 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Missouri, Oklahoma, Disaster Relief

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Again Challenging Mexican Truck Program

The Teamsters Union, along with the Sierra Club, on Monday asked for a rehearing on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Transportation's long-haul cross-border trucking program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, OOIDA, Teamsters, Mexico

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA's CSA and Motorcoach HOS Subcommittees to Meet in June

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability and Motorcoach Hours of Service subcommittees have set a meeting for next month.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

In 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit vacated the FMCSA's plan to mandate electronic recorders for hours of service because it had not addressed harassment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, EOBR

May 24, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Files Second Lawsuit Against FMCSA Over Safety Records

What happens when a violation is thrown out in court?

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a second complaint with the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding its safety records and the DataQ appeal process.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, OOIDA, DataQ, Enforcement

May 22, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Labels More Drivers as Imminent Hazard Ordering Them off the Road

For the second straight day on Wednesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has ordered two more truckers off the road saying they are an “imminent hazard to public safety.”

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, Safety

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

Trucker Ordered Off the Road as Hazard to the Public

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared New Mexico-licensed truck driver Bobby C. Cleveland to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Cleveland was served the federal orders May 4.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Waives Some Rules for Disaster Relief Efforts in Oklahoma

A tornado bears down on southern Oklahoma City. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a declaration of a regional emergency allowing exemptions to certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations following a series of major tornadoes that hit the Oklahoma City area.

Tags: FMCSA, Disaster, Oklahoma

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if no Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

Annette Sandberg, CEO of TransSafe Consulting and former FMCSA administrator.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety, ATA, Zonar, CVSA, Enforcement

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Additional Rules for Trucker Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status.

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

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

Hours of Service Reg Likely to Take Effect As-Is, NPTC Legal Counsel Says

Revised hours-of-service rules being contested by trucking and outside parties will probably be adopted as presented by federal authorities, the National Private Trucking Council’s staff lawyer, Rick Schweitzer, told attendees at the group’s annual meeting this week in Cincinnati.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeking Comments on Another Participant in Cross-Border Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on allowing another Mexico-based carrier in the long haul cross-border pilot program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Fatigue Management Program Near Completion

A coalition of U.S. and Canadian trucking interests are close to releasing a best-practices manual for fatigue management.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, ATRI, Con-Way, Fatigue management, Transport Canada, Canadian Trucking Alliance, Challenger Motor Freight, FMCSA, Drivers

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

Some Consensus, Some Differences Emerge from CSA Advisory Panel

An advisory committee for the CSA safety enforcement program dove deep into the complex details and emerged with some consensus and some irreconcilable differences.

An advisory committee for the CSA safety enforcement program dove deep into the complex details and emerged with some consensus and some irreconcilable differences.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, BASIC, MCSAC, Crash Accountability

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Warnings Over Hiring Fraud and Motor Carrier PINs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued two alerts, one about truck drivers being defrauded and another about the importance of protecting a motor carrier’s personal identification number.

Tags: FMCSA, Fraud

April 4, 2013 - Industry News

Two Mexican Carriers Fail Getting into Cross-Border Pilot Program

Two carriers based in Mexico have had their applications dismissed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to participate in the long-haul cross-border trucking program between the U.S. and its neighbor to the south.

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

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eases CDL Process for States

The agency agreed that it is too burdensome to require states to conduct background checks on all test examiners. Now the checks are required only when the examiner is hired.

In response to petitions from states and the industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is changing provisions of its commercial driver’s license rule.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL rule, CDL testing, Drivers

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

CDL Schools Say Proposed Training Standards Would Make Driver Shortage Worse

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, right, and a panel of FMCSA officials listen to comments about proposed entry level driver training regulations.

In a Friday "listening session" the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hosted regarding its proposed entry-level driver training stories, truck driver training school officials warned that the proposal would make the current driver shortage even worse.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Mid-America Trucking Show, Anne Ferro

March 21, 2013 - Industry News

Legislators Push FMCSA to Reconsider Hours Deadline Decision

Transportation legislators in the Senate and House are pressing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro to reconsider her decision not to postpone the effective date of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Court Hears Oral Arguments in New HOS Rules Challenges

A court heard oral arguments Friday in a legal move attempting to stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to implement revised hours-of-service regulations, but there is no indication if the three-judge panel in the District of Columbia will issue a decision before the new rules take effect.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service

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