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January 17, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Readies Sanctions Against Repeat Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a rule next week containing tough new sanctions against carriers that disregard safety rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. (File photo by Jim Park)

Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?

Tags: ATA, HOS, Accidents, FMCSA, Anne Ferro, Regulations, Safety and Compliance, TRB

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

California Issues Reminder over Compliance with Reefer Rules

The California Air Resources Board is reminding brokers, forwarders, shippers and receivers that hire motor carriers to transport perishable goods on California highways to re-establish due diligence in their hiring practices with the start of 2014.

Tags: Drivers, CARB, California, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Reefers, Shippers, Brokers

January 14, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Risk Losing Their CDL for Synthetic Marijuana Use

Spice is synthetic marijuana that combines herbal and chemical ingredients.

Truck drivers who use synthetic marijuana or are caught possessing it risk losing their Commercial Drivers License for one at least one year.

Tags: Drivers, Drugged Driving, Safety & Compliance

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Med Card, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Several States Waiving Trucking Rules for Fuel Shipments

UPDATED, Jan. 9, 2013, 9:45 a.m., EST Extraordinarily cold weather in part of the U.S. has resulted in more states issuing emergency declarations, waiving mainly hours of service rules, when it comes to hauling various fuels.

Tags: Drivers, Minnesota, Regulations, Michigan, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Arkansas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Safety and Compliance, Weather, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers More Exemptions from Hearing Regulation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Study Says PSP Program Lowering Crash and Driver OOS Numbers

A recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report shows that motor carriers using the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program are seeing a greater decline in crash rates than those who are not using it.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

Two Truckers Awarded $302,000 for Wrongful Termination

Under terms of a consent judgment, a now defunct North Canton, Ohio-based carrier, Star Air, and owner Robert R. Custer, will pay two Ohio truck drivers $302,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor for terminating two of the company's drivers in violation of federal whistleblower provisions.

Tags: Drivers, OSHA, Department of Labor, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Levies $1 Million Fine Against Carrier for Firing Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Gaines Motor Lines of N.C., along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to compensate four former truck drivers who were fired in violation of federal whistleblower laws.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, OSHA, Fleets, Safety and Compliance

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

California Considers Easing Some Emissions Rules

Truckers who don't run a lot of miles in California may get more time to comply with emissions rules.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, DPF, Safety & Compliance, Engines

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Calls for Audit of FMCSA's Safety Oversight

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, ATA

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

New York State Tightens Rules for Electronic Device Use by CDL Holders

New York has set forth more stringent prohibitions on the use of portable electronic devices for commercial driver’s license holders, including prohibiting their use when stopped in traffic

Tags: Drivers, New York, Texting, Cell Phones, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

New Report Shows Fatal Crashes Involving Trucks Up from a Year Earlier

Newly released figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show an increase in the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes over the past year, but there are improvements when compared to longer time periods.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Safety and Compliance

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

House Bill Would Suspend 34-Hour Restart Pending Review

One of the biggest complaints about the new hours of service rules has been the new restrictions for 34-hour restarts. (Photo by Jim Park)

A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company and Owner to Withdraw Retaliatory Lawsuit, Pay Former Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Palumbo Trucking of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw what is says is a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.

Tags: OSHA, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, Drivers

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Set for Oct 20-26

During the week of Oct. 20-26, 2013, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in stepped up traffic safety enforcement aimed at unsafe driving behaviors, particularly distracted driving by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers, as part of Operation Safe Driver.

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Cop Laptops to be Shutoff While on the Move in Iowa

Those in trucking who want to pull out their hair when they see a law enforcement officer using a laptop computer while going down the road will soon be able to keep from going bald in one state.

Tags: Iowa, Safety & Compliance

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. House Passes Sleep Apnea Legislation, Senate Bill Introduced

By a vote of 405-0, the U.S. House passed a bill Thursday requiring any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration action on sleep apnea to go through the usual rulemaking process rather than simply issuing guidance.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Sleep Apnea, Safety & Compliance

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Texas Fleet Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Laredo, Texas-based Redco Transport to immediately cease its trucking operations, declaring the company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

Report Shows Truck Enforcement Disparities

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That some states enforce specific commercial vehicle regulations more aggressively than other states is no secret. Some states are known for citing truckers for light and lamp violations, others for seat belts and others for hours of service violations. And there is CSA data to prove it.

Tags: CSA, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement, Vigillo

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 11, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Report Balks at Tanker Wetline Regulations

In 2011 PHMSA proposed new rules over requiring that these loading and unloading lines on tankers be absent of any flammable liquids. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new Government Accountability Office report throws cold water on Congressionally mandated plans to further regulate tanker wetlines, to the delight of the nation’s tanker carriers.

Tags: Government Accountability Office, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Tankers, Fleets

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

New Rules for Trip Permits in Oregon

An Oregon DOT motor carrier enforcement officer weighs a truck as a it passes through a Port of Entry.

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently began limiting the number of temporary passes/trip permits a motor carrier can purchase in a 12-month period – a move that one association representative calls “a money grab” that will affect small-business motor carriers located outside the state.

Tags: Drivers, Oregon, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Owner-Operators

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Is On: Here are Some Tips

Today's Trucking---30,000 brakes will be inspected on trucks across North America this week, and not all will pass. The annual Brake Safety Week held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will see inspectors taking a closer look at brake systems on your trucks.

Tags: Drivers, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Enforcement

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