June 23, 2016 - Industry News
The courtroom battle over the validity of the electronic logging device mandate has heated up. An amicus brief filed by two safety advocacy groups backs up FMCSA's defense of its ELD rule against a lawsuit brought by OOIDA that contends the rulemaking is seriously flawed.
Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, The Trucking Alliance
June 16, 2016 - Industry News
The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General has initiated an audit of commercial motor vehicle loading and unloading delays in response to provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill, which became law late last year.
Tags: DOT, FMCSA
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration forcefully defended its Electronic Logging Device rule in a court brief filed June 15. The filing was in response to a lawsuit brought against the mandate by the Owner Operator Independent Driverws Association.
Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD, Lawsuits
June 8, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public-comment period on the impact a sleep-apnea rule might have on CMV drivers.
Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea
June 6, 2016 - Industry News
Passengers riding in large commercial trucks will soon be required to use seat belts when the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts
May 19, 2016 - Industry News
Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
May 2, 2016 - Industry News
A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. Senate, The Trucking Alliance
April 28, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host what it calls an “informal roundtable” on the financial responsibility of property brokers and freight forwarders. The meeting is part of the agency’s appeal for public comment on this issue.
Tags: FMCSA, Brokers
April 25, 2016 - Industry News
It took him all of an hour and a half, but Rick Schweitzer, general counsel for the National Private Truck Council, gamely managed to get across the key elements of the sweep of regulatory changes coming down the pike for trucking.
Tags: CSA, NPTC, HOS, FMCSA, Regulations, Private Fleets
April 20, 2016 - Industry News
The Show-Me State is showing how the federal government could make it easier for vets to become truckers.
Tags: FMCSA, Hiring Veterans
April 19, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public input on its Beyond Compliance carrier safety-recognition program.
Tags: FMCSA, Beyond Compliance
April 18, 2016 - Industry News
The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5%, from 3,921 to 3,744, in 2014 vs. 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report.
Tags: FMCSA, Highway Fatalities
April 12, 2016 - Industry News
A coalition of trucking interests has come out bluntly critical of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s efforts to put in place its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination
March 31, 2016 - Industry News
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a court appeal charging that electronic logging devices won’t improve safety and violate the 4th Amendment.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, OOIDA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs
March 28, 2016 - Industry News
FMCSA has denied an application for an exemption from the 14-hour provision of the hours-of-service rules that would have let truck drivers serving oil and natural gas fields to exclude waiting time from their calculations of on-duty time.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service
March 17, 2016 - Industry News
FMCSA has ordered the immediate shutdown of trucking company J and J Transportation after an investigation revealed a continued lack of compliance with or understanding of safety regulations.
Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, Out-of-service, Imminent Hazard
March 15, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to make it easier for military veterans to transition into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a Commercial Learner’s Permit or Commercial Driver’s License.
Tags: FMCSA, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Driver Shortage
February 24, 2016 - Industry News
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has taken to task the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for unduly burdening roadside inspectors by issuing carriers and drivers too many safety-rule exemptions.
Tags: FMCSA, CVSA
February 10, 2016 - Industry News
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue
January 20, 2016 - Industry News
The acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration told a Senate panel that the mandated study of the effectiveness of the agency’s Carrier Safety Accountability scoring program is slated to begin next month.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS
January 15, 2016 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Jan. 15 that it is formally initiating a Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking that will “enhance the agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers.”
January 13, 2016 - Industry News
The new rule prohibiting acts of coercion aimed at compelling truck drivers to violate federal safety regulations takes effect on Jan. 29.
Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Driver Coercion
The validity of a rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers has been challenged by a coalition of eight associations representing trucking interests.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety Fitness Determination
January 11, 2016 - Product News
J.J. Keller & Associates will be holding a series of seminars in 2016 aimed at educating fleets on the recently finalized ELD rule.
Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, ELDs, ELD Mandate
January 7, 2016 - Industry News
Land-Air Express of New England Ltd., which had been put out of service Dec. 29, has gotten the go-ahead from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to resume operations.
Tags: FMCSA, Land-Air Express
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