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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

Proposal Would Allow for Hair Testing of Truckers for Illegal Drugs

Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Considering Hearing on Hours of Service

A House committee is considering holding a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule in November. The tentative date for the hearing would be Nov. 21, sources said.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, CSA, HOS, Government

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants Rest-Break Exemption to Defense Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a rest-break exemption from the hours-of-service rules to carriers serving the Department of Defense.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Defense, HOS

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Massachusetts Small Fleet Owner Charged with Bribing FMCSA Inspector

A man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Mass with trying to bribe a federal safety investigator in order to avoid negative findings on a safety review of his motor carrier company, but has already decided to pled guilty to avoid a lesser sentence.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, Crime

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider: New HOS Rules Hurt Productivity

Since the new hour of service rules implementation on July 1, the fleet Schneider National says it has seen a 3.1% drop in productivity on solo shipments and a 4.3% decline on team shipments.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, Fleets, Schneider National

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Sentenced for Violating FMCSA OOS Order

The owners of an Alabama trucking company have been sentenced for their roles in running a “chameleon carrier.”

Tags: FMCSA, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Litigation

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Broker Suit Against Bond Is Back in Motion

The suit by small property brokers against new bond requirements is back in motion after a federal magistrate lifted a stay, clearing the way for legal arguments over moving the matter to federal appeals court.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Freight, Owner-Operators, Brokers, Litigation

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's August Trucking Conditions Index Improves

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.52 in August is a full point improvement from the July reading.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Freight

October 6, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval, Awaits President’s Signature

Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Sleep Apnea

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Indicted for Ignoring FMCSA Shut Down Orders

The owners of two trucking companies the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered shut down last year have been indicted on federal charges after failing to comply.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, legislation, Safety, ATA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Guidance on New Broker, Freight Forwarder Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is setting an Oct. 1 deadline for compliance with new requirements for brokers and freight forwarders. In a Federal Register notice Thursday, the agency laid out its plan for implementing the terms of last year’s highway law, including a $75,000 bond requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Brokers

September 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Testing New Way to Screen Carrier Applicants

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is testing a new approach to screening new entrants into the business, in hopes of saving money and improving efficiency. In July the agency began a year-long test of a pre-screening process designed to identify high-risk applicants that need an on-site safety review and give low-risk applicants a way to file their information electronically.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Screening

September 3, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Getting Closer to Decision on Crash Accountability

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finished its analysis of crash accountability and is now reviewing the work in preparation for public release.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC, Crash Accountability

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

After the Hours-of-Service Ruling: Research on 34-Hour Restart, Action on Capitol Hill

Even as a federal court was recently upholding most of the hours of service rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been working on a field study of the 34-hour restart that could influence that provision in the future, and there's a move on Capitol Hill to force the agency to return to the old rules.

Tags: FMCSA, legislation, Hours of Service

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Will Hear Brokers' CSA Challenge in September

A coaltion of groups is challenging CSA. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight brokers will air their case against the CSA safety enforcement program in court next month, with allegations that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrration is putting its safety credentialing responsibility into the hands of brokers and shippers.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, Safety & Compliance

August 7, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Stops Enforcing Break Requirement on Short-Haul Drivers

Moving quickly to enforce last week’s court decision on hours of service, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will no longer enforce the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul operations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

Tags: HOS, Hours of Service, FMCSA, Litigation

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, Hours of Service, Enforcement, Drivers

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

May 22, 2013 - Industry News

Questions Continue about CSA; Logs, Lamps Top CSA Violations

Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy, American Trucking Associations, discusses the CSA program during Zonar Systems' user conference May 16.

“CSA has had an effect on safety, but people want to make sure their scores are correct and fair,” said Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy, American Trucking Associations during an update on the program at the recent Zonar user’s conference held in San Antonio last week. Also part of the update, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance head Steve Keppler went over the top CSA violations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Zonar, CVSA

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Maverick Focuses on Training to Slow Driver Turnover

Amid growing concern about a shortage of drivers, Maverick Transportation is laying the foundation for a long-term solution by improving driver training. At an ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., last week, there was much talk about a coming convergence of circumstances that will tip the balance of driver supply and demand.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Driver Turnover, Driver retention, EBE Technologies, Maverick Transportation, Onboarding

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Safety Chief Opens Zonar User Conference

Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer of the Federal Motor Carrier address attendees at Zonar Systems the Zone 2013 user’s conference.

You'd better be getting ready for new hours of service rules that go into effect July 1, to be followed by proposed rules for electronic logs. That, along with an emphasis on enforcement, was the message from Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in his keynote speech for Zonar Systems' inaugural users’ conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, Information Technology, Zonar, Events, Safety & Compliance

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Additional Rules for Trucker Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

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