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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

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Steps to Reduce GPS-Caused Bridge Strikes

Sen. Charles Schumer and FMCSA Administrator Ann Ferro stand at the Eagle Avenue overpass in New York, which spans the Southern State Parkway at exit 18. The overpass has been struck at least 27 times by trucks that are prohibited from driving on the parkway.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin issuing official recommendations to members of the commercial trucking industry on the proper uses of Global Positioning System navigation devices and incorporate GPS training into new entry-level certification programs for commercial motor vehicle operators.

Tags: GPS, DOT, FMCSA

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants Petition Killing Alabama Steel Coil Transport Training and Certification

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a petition submitted by the American Trucking Associations asking the agency to determine if Alabama's Metal Coil Securement Act is preempted by federal law. The ruling means the state can no longer impose the law's requirements on interstate movements, effective April 4.

Tags: FMCSA, Alabama, Cargo Securement

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces MCSAC Appointments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the appointment of a new chairman, vice chairman and five additional members to its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA to Host Session on Driver Training Rule at MATS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session on its pending driver training rule at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 22.

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

March 1, 2013 - Industry News

Skirmish Continues Over HOS Start Date

Lawyers at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and American Trucking Associations are sniping at each other over the start date of the new hours-of-service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Public Citizen, CVSA

March 1, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Criticizes FMCSA Rejection of HOS Delay Request

American Trucking Associations officials criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for rejecting a request to delay implementation of its embattled hours-of-service rule.



Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS

February 22, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Approves Tenth Carrier For Mexican Pilot Program

More than a year after the first Mexican truck rolled into the United States under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s long-haul, cross-border pilot program, the agency has approved the tenth carrier.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, OOIDA, Teamsters, Public Citizen, Mexico, Global

February 20, 2013 - Industry News

Unified Registration System Nearing Publication

The Unified Registration System, which will reform the way the federal government keeps track of motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders, is in the final stage of the rulemaking process.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, URS

February 18, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Orders California Driver to Cease Operating

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered a California-based truck driver to cease operating after he was cited for numerous egregious violations of federal regulations, the most recent involving being arrested for intoxicated driving.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Safety, Alcohol

February 13, 2013 - Industry News

Report Summarizes Car-Truck Contribution/Fault in Serious Crashes

A new report released by the American Trucking Associations summarizes the car-truck relative contribution/fault findings of several large-scale studies.

Tags: FMCSA, AAA, ATA, CSA, NHTSA

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants Exemptions to Hearing-Impaired Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted the first exemptions to rules for interstate commercial drivers when it comes to hearing standards.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CDL

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