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August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Farewell Focuses on Need to Spread Safety Burden

Photo: Oliver Patton

Anne Ferro’s departing message is that the cost of truck and bus safety needs to be distributed more evenly through the supply chain. Too much of the burden falls on drivers who are not paid for all the time they work, said Ferro in an exit interview Thursday with a number of reporters.

Tags: FMCSA, Anne Ferro, People, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Employee Sentenced to Prison over Phony Tax Returns

A former financial management specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sentenced to prison late last month in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Crime

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Praising Truckers’ Lawsuit Over Driver Safety Records

Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class-action suit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week under the Federal Privacy Act charging that the agency is unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, OOIDA, Litigation

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Warning Carriers About Fraud Schemes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is warning carriers to be on the lookout for new fraud schemes as thieves try to get financial or banking information.

Tags: FMCSA, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Crime & Fraud

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

BigRoad, NASTC Applaud FMCSA's Revised Guidance for Smartphone RODS

FMCSA's recent ruling on e-logging with laptop computers, tablets and smartphones puts valid compliance tools into the hand of small fleets and owner-operators at a reasonable cost.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, E-logs

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Electronic Signatures Now Allowed on Driver Logging Programs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised its guidance regarding hours of service logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones, to allow for digital driver signatures.

Tags: FMCSA, Information Technology, Hours of Service

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Declines to Review Mexico Border Petition

UPDATED -- The Supreme Court declined to review a bid by the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld the Mexico cross-border trucking program.

Tags: FMCSA, Mexican Trucking, Supreme Court, OOIDA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Annette M. Sandberg, principle, TransSafe Consulting.

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Safety and Compliance, 34 Hour Restart

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Halts Debate on HOS Restart Provision

Partisan differences halted Senate debate on an appropriations bill that includes a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. As the debate began, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced an amendment that would change Sen. Susan Collins’s provision calling for suspension of the restart and a study of its impact.

Tags: Legislation, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34 Hour Restart, Regulations, FMCSA, Congress, Safety & Compliance

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Appeals Court Rejects Broker Suit Against CSA

A group of small carriers and brokers lost their legal challenge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program. In a ruling handed down Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the suit by the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Brokers, Litigation, Regulations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

No Restart Suspension in House Appropriations Bill

The trucking industry effort to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule missed a gear Tuesday when the House passed an appropriations bill that does not contain such a provision.

Tags: HOS, U.S. Congress, U.S. House, 34 Hour Restart, FMCSA, Legislation, Hours of Service

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Exempts Livestock Haulers from 30-Minute Break Rule

A previous 90-day waiver was completed successfully with no adverse effects to safety. This is the second exemption to be granted by the agency.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Allow Conviction-based DataQ Challenges

The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.

Tags: FMCSA, DataQ

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Calls for Ferro's Resignation

FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferrro. Photo by Jim Park

OOIDA says Administrator Ferro’s failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency’s tasks left the OOIDA Board of Directors no choice but to call for her resignation.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Panel Votes to Suspend Hours of Service Restart Pending Study

The suspension would start after the bill is passed and FMCSA posts public notice, and last until September 30, 2015, or when FMCSA finishes the study. Photo by Jim Park

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34 Hour Restart

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart in Spotlight on Capitol Hill

The companies say they are going to have to drive more during the day as a consequence of the two-night, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. sleep requirement in the new restart provision

Truck driver hours of service took center stage Tuesday as Senators grilled Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the new 34-hour restart provision. The exchanges during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal highway program were a prelude to a showdown Thursday on the restart.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, U.S. Senate, ELDs, The Trucking Alliance

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

Tags: FMCSA, Liability, TIA, Highway Bill, Safety, Congress, Legislation, Shippers, Brokers

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy. The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday, June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Senate, Highway Bill, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Hours Exemption for Drivers Serving Oil, Gas Wells

American Trucking Associations is seeking an exemption from the hours-of-service rule for drivers serving natural gas or oil wells.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Hours of Service, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Regulations

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, 34 Hour Restart, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations, Congress, Regulations, Anne Ferro, The Trucking Alliance, Fatigue, ELDs

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Colorado Household Mover Sentenced for Fraud

The owner of a Colorado-based moving company was sentenced earlier this month to nearly three years home confinement following him pleading guilty last year to charges of defrauding customers.

Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Household Goods Movers, Crime, DOT Inspector General

May 16, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Refutes Recent Electronic Logging Device Study

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association responded with criticism on Friday to a recent study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which claims that electronic logging devices would lower truck crash rates.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Research, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, OOIDA, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance, ELDs

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

An Extra Month for Electronic Logging Comments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing an extra month for comments on its proposed electronic logging rule. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, representing state police and other enforcement interests, had asked the agency for the one-month extension.

Tags: HOS, EOBR, FMCSA, ELD, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Electronic Logging Devices, Regulations, CVSA

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Coercion Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing rules to protect drivers from coercion by their employers, shippers, receivers or brokers. The rules are aimed in particular at preventing abuse concerning driver hours of service, the commercial drivers license, drug and alcohol rules and hazardous materials rules.

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

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Air Concerns about Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

There’s a big loophole in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse, according to transportation and enforcement interests.

Tags: Drug Testing, FMCSA, Alcohol Testing, Drivers, Regulations, CVSA, National Private Truck Council, NPTC, NTTC, National Tank Truck Carriers, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association, J.B. Hunt, Schneider National, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance

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