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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

January 18, 2013 - Industry News

Split Sleep Schedule Found Better than Daytime Sleep

A new study indicates that a split sleep schedule is a better alternative than consolidated sleep during the day. The study compared two 5-hour sleep periods, from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., to consolidated sleep periods at night and during the day

Tags: HOS, sleep, FMCSA

January 16, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Inspector General Commences CSA Audit

Following up on a request from Congress, the Department of Transportation's Inspector General has begin work on an audit of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The agency is going to look into the quality of CSA data used to evaluate carrier performance, said Assistant Inspector General Joseph Comé this week in a memo to Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

December 27, 2012 - Industry News

Top 10 Trucking Stories & Trends from 2012, Part 1

Fuel shortages following Hurricane Sandy kept mobile fueling trucks busy following the storm. (FEMA photo)

As 2012 draws to a close, we bring you our picks for the top stories and trends of the past year, in Letterman-style reverse Top 10 order

Tags: Industry, YRC, FMCSA, Sandy

December 21, 2012 - Industry News

2013: 6 Key Issues Fleets Face

Trucking will be dealing with familiar tough issues next year, as well as some that may have a new twist, whether it's in the boardroom, in the cab or in Congress. On the business side, issues fleets will need to stay on top of in 2013 include the economy, fuel prices and the driver shortage. On Capitol Hill, hours of service, electronic logs and CSA are at the front of the lin

Tags: Fleets, FMCSA, CSA

December 20, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets Listening Session on Driver Training Rule

Federal truck safety regulators are looking for public comments on plans to toughen entry-level driver training requirements. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session on the issue January 7 in Charlotte, N.C., at an American Bus Association meeting

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Training

December 14, 2012 - Industry News

Court Schedules Oral Arguments in Hours of Service Case

Oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the hours of service rule will be held March 15 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It typically takes the court two to three months to rule following arguments, which means it should hand down its decision before the new HOS rule is scheduled to take effect in July

Tags: Hours of Service, FMCSA, ATA

December 13, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Surveys on EOBR Harassment

Federal safety regulators are preparing surveys to learn whether or not electronic onboard recorders might be used to harass drivers. The surveys of drivers and carriers are part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's preparation for a proposed new EOBR rule, due next July

Tags: EOBRs, FMCSA, Drivers

December 7, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Two Companies to Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered LEX Express Inc. (DBA Lincolnland Express) of Champaign, Ill., and Ben Gordon Enterprises LLC (DBA Gordon's Tree Service) of Slidell, La., to immediately cease all transportation services

Tags: Fleets, DOT, FMCSA

December 6, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Cracks Down on Household Goods Movers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is going after two California carriers for holding household goods hostage, using the new authority granted to it under the highway bill passed earlier this year

Tags: FMCSA, California

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro during today's press conference.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat

Tags: FMCSA, CSA

December 3, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Advisory Panel Takes on Driver Training

Federal regulators have been trying for more than 20 years to set training standards for entry-level truck drivers - without success. Now, under pressure from Congress and the courts, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is trying to reinvigorate the regulatory process by asking its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee for suggestions on how to get the job done

Tags: Drivers, Training, FMCSA

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Shuts Down C&D Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared Illinois-based C&D Transportation Inc. an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered the interstate motor carrier to immediately shut down its operations, after numerous violations involving drivers without CDLs, drivers who couldn't speak English, hours of service and other serious incidents

Tags: Fleets, FMCSA, CDL, Illinois

November 19, 2012 - Industry News

Vigillo to Hold Free Webinar on Impending CSA Changes

Vigillo will host complimentary webinars to discuss significant impending changes to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, in particular, its Safety Measurement System

Tags: Events, FMCSA, CSA, SMS

November 13, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA New Initiative to Validate Driver Medical Cards

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it and its state partners will be conducting random verifications of driver Medical Examiner's Certificates during enforcement activities.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers

November 8, 2012 - Industry News

Sandy Recovery Efforts Continue as Latest Storm Moves On

 A truckload of donated pet supplies arrives at the Federal Emergency Management Agency commodities center at Charleston, W.V., Yeager Field.

Despite the arrival of another storm last night, recovery efforts from the hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy continue throughout the Northeast, while fuel problems have a domino effect in the Southeast

Tags: Sandy, FMCSA, AASHTO, FHWA, Diesel

November 5, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA to Lead Interstate Petroleum Transport Team to Speed Hurricane Response

Mobile fueling tankers deliver emergency fuel in New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Monday that it is leading an Interstate Petroleum Transport Team to ensure the fastest and most efficient movement of fuel to the region devastated by Hurricane Sandy

Tags: Hurricane, Sandy, FMCSA

September 6, 2012 - Industry News

Small Brokers Take Issue with New $75,000 Bond Requirement

The ink on the new highway bill is hardly dry, yet one transportation group already is pushing for an amendment. The Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents is lobbying to repeal the $75,000 bond requirement for brokers and freight forwarders that's in the law Congress passed in June

Tags: AIPBA, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, American Trucking Associations, FMCSA, OOIDA, freight brokers, frieght forwarding, Unified Registration System, Legislation

August 28, 2012 - Industry News

New Highway Law a Big Work Order for FMCSA

The new highway law sets an ambitious agenda for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the next couple of years. Most of the requirements in MAP-21 came from the agency's strategic plan, said administrator Anne Ferro as she introduced a presentation Monday on the agency's plans to implement the law.

Tags: FMCSA, MAP-21

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