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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

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

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