May 22, 2013 - Industry News
“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
For the second straight day on Wednesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has ordered two more truckers off the road saying they are an “imminent hazard to public safety.”
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, Safety
May 21, 2013 - Industry News
The pending mandate for electronic logging could pave the way for more mobile productivity systems in smaller fleets, said Norm Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for Qualcomm’s Omnitracs.
Tags: Qualcomm, ALK Technologies, EOBR, ALK Transportation Technology Summit, Information Technology, Hours of Service
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared New Mexico-licensed truck driver Bobby C. Cleveland to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Cleveland was served the federal orders May 4.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a declaration of a regional emergency allowing exemptions to certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations following a series of major tornadoes that hit the Oklahoma City area.
Tags: FMCSA, Disaster, Oklahoma
May 20, 2013 - Industry News
Mack Trucks, is recalling 5,203 model year 2013-2014 CHU, CXU, GU, MRU, and LEU trucks manufactured July 16, 2012, through March 18 of this year that are equipped with drum brakes.
Tags: Mack Trucks, Recalls
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety
May 16, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety, ATA, Zonar, CVSA, Enforcement
President Obama’s pick to head up the U.S. Transportation Department will go before a Senate committee next week for a confirmation hearing.
Tags: U.S. DOT
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 15, 2013 - Industry News
. J. Keller & Associates Inc. continues to expand its on-site advisory services with the addition of Hazardous Materials Compliance & Safety Program Management. The service is designed to protect companies that handle, package, ship, receive, or transport hazardous materials or hazardous waste.
Tags: J.J. Keller, Hazmat
May 14, 2013 - Industry News
Authorities in Indiana and Washington are beginning a new effort targeting dangerous driving by operators of both semis and four-wheelers. The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks program from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration uses both education and high-visibility enforcement in an effort to reduce truck-involved crashes.
Tags: Washington, Indiana, Ticketing Agressive Cars and Trucks
Just over a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted a proposed regulation to require speed limiters on big rigs to the DOT, it has been returned to the agency without approval.
Tags: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Speed Limiter, U.S. DOT
May 13, 2013 - Industry News
The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature an education track focused on heavy-duty vehicles coordinated by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.
May 10, 2013 - Industry News
On May 9, New Jersey Gov. Christie signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible that cracks down on cargo theft in New Jersey.
The measure is named the "Lt. Scott Jenkins Law" in memory of a founding member of the State Police Cargo Theft Unit, and is sponsored by 17 other Assembly Republicans.
Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Security, New Jersey
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
May 9, 2013 - Industry News
A new Government Accountability Office report to Congress has some far from kind words about the Transportation Security Administration and biometric readers used in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and coordinated along with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Tags: Department of Homeland Security, GAO, Transportation Security Administration, TWIC, Security, Ports, Intermodal
May 8, 2013 - Industry News
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits. His move positions a familiar piece in the size-and-weight chess match as the next highway bill approaches.
Tags: Legislation, Highways, Truck Weights
Lawmakers in Maine have given final passage to a bill allowing speed limits to increase along Maine’s interstates, but are moving to pull the plug on a study to determine the feasibility of an east-west highway.
Tags: Speed Limits, Maine, Highways
The annual three-day roadside commercial vehicle safety crackdown known as Roadcheck will focus this year on cargo securement and educating drivers about the upcoming changes in hours of service regulations.
Tags: Inspections, CVSA, Roadcheck
May 7, 2013 - Industry News
A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows highway fatalities in the United States increased last year 5.3% from 2011, reversing several years of annual declines.
Tags: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Highway Fatalities, Safety
April 30, 2013 - Industry News
National Tank Truck Carriers announced that Usher Transport, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has won the coveted Outstanding Performance Trophy in the 2012 Safety Contest.
The American Automobile Association urges Illinois legislators to vote no on SB 2356, which would increase the speed limit to 70 mph on Illinois' roadways.
April 29, 2013 - Industry News
FMCSA eliminates manual violation reporting requirement for CDL holders.
FMCSA declares driver who stuck and killed a gir getting off a school bus to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him off the road.
Tags: FMCSA, out of service, imminent hazard
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