July 11, 2013 - Industry News
It is too soon to measure the full impact of the changes in the hours of service rule, but the carriers that will be most affected are high-output truckload fleets that have drivers out on the road for weeks at a time, says Noel Perry, an economist with FTR Associates.
Tags: FTR Associates, HOS
July 10, 2013 - Industry News
The North American Fatigue Management Program is now available to motor carriers, drivers, government safety administrators and insurance companies. A coalition of Canadian, U.S., and Mexican trucking interests developed the program to provide carriers with a best-practices manual for implementing fatigue management in their operations.
Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, Fatigue, Fatigue management
Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan to develop the system, contingent on getting its other work done and obtaining the resources for the job.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Regulations, Safety
July 8, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday is expected to publish its granting of a limited 90-day waiver from the 30-minute rest break provision of the federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for the transportation of livestock.
Tags: HOS, FMCSA, Livestock Hauling, Regulations
After the Pennsylvania state legislature failed to approve a plan to raise new money for bridge and road repairs, the state Department of Transportation says it will put lower weight limits on some of the state's bridges to try to extend their useful life.
Tags: Pennsylvania, Highways, Infrastructure Funding, Bridges
Volvo Trucks North America is recalling certain 23,000 2007-2014 VAH, VHD, VNL, VNM, and VT models because of an omission that could lengthen stopping distances. The affected vehicles were manufactured from December 20, 2006 through May 22, 2013.
Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA
Another phase of the I-20 reconstruction project in Alabama was set to begin at midnight, weather permitting, resulting in about a 10-mile section of the route being closed.
Tags: Alabama, construction, I-20, Interstate 20, Highways
July 3, 2013 - Industry News
Blue Tree Systems Inc., a provider of reefer monitoring, trailer tracking and in-cab fleet management solutions, announced it has completed implementation of new software updates to its HOS Advisor tool to reflect new driver Hours-of-Service regulations, which came into effect on July 1.
Tags: Information Technology, HOS, Blue Tree Systems
Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has upgraded the software for its VDO RoadLog Electronic On Board Recorder in time to meet the July 1 compliance deadline set by FMSCA for Hours-Of-Service regulations.
Tags: FMCSA, technology, CSA, HOS
July 2, 2013 - Industry News
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation’s 17th Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters at 11 a.m. today.
Tags: DOT, Secretary of Transportation, Mayor Anthony Foxx
With the long Independence Day weekend, the chance of being a victim of a cargo theft increases dramatically. The new hours of service regulations that went into effect this week could make things worse.
Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, HNI, Hours of Service
July 1, 2013 - Industry News
PeopleNet announced that its fleet mobility solutions are in full compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service of Drivers Final Rule for transport carriers operating under United States regulations.
Tags: FMCSA, PeopleNet, HOS
As Americans celebrate Independence Day, the highways are forecast to be a little less crowded than they were a year ago.
Tags: AAA, Traffic Congestion, Highways
Legislation signed into law earlier this year in Ohio pushes the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph along rural portions of interstate routes for both trucks and four-wheelers.
Tags: Ohio, Speed Limits, Highways
It’s the day many in trucking have dreaded. July 1 is the day updated hours of service regulations go into effect. Here's some information to help you make sense of the changes.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS
June 28, 2013 - Industry News
A federal judge in Arkansas has ruled against Old Dominion Freight Line in a case over a truck driver who self-reported alcohol abuse and the company’s “no return” policy for drivers who suffer from such problems.
Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Litigation, EEOC
Nearly two years after the United States and Mexico agreed to resume a long-haul cross-border pilot trucking program between the two countries, the amount of participation by Mexican operations continues increasing, but only slowly, and far from what federal officials hoped to see.
Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA
June 27, 2013 - Industry News
Two lawsuits against trucking companies that haul water to hydraulic fracturing sites have been settled in Texas costing more than $11 and a half million combined.
June 26, 2013 - Industry News
Fleet managers walked out of Wednesday Fleet Safety Conference keynote speech vowing to change the use of cell phones while driving in both their fleets and their personal lives, following a powerful presentation on distracted driving.
Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Fleet Safety Conference, Cell Phones
The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is seeking to move forward with a study about truck parking.
Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Truck Parking
June 25, 2013 - Industry News
More than 3,200 prospective drivers for J.B Hunt have been kept from getting behind the wheel due to drug screening efforts
Tags: Drug Testing, J.B. Hunt
June 24, 2013 - Industry News
Plains Trucking, Ross, N.D.. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nine safety violations after a worker was fatally injured March 27 while cleaning the inside of a crude oil tanker that exploded at the company's facility in Ross.
Tags: OSHA, Trailers, Safety, Fleets
A new report from logistics security services provider FreightWatch International shows while the number of cargo thefts in the United States fell in the most recent three-month period, the value of the average loss moved higher.
Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Security
June 21, 2013 - Industry News
The California Air Resources Board says it has stepped up enforcement of its diesel truck regulations to ensure that only vehicles compliant with California's stringent anti-pollution laws travel across the U.S. border into the state.
Tags: CARB, California
June 20, 2013 - Industry News
If anyone thinks the FMCSA is not serious about trucking and bus companies staying off the road after it has ordered them to shut down, due to safety concerns, you only need to look as far as what has happened to one operation and two individuals who have been indicted.
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