Safety & Compliance

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December 21, 2000 - Industry News

EPA Posts New Standards for Diesel Fuel and Exhaust

The Environmental Protection Agency posted a rule requiring dramatically cleaner diesel fuel and exhaust, starting in 2006. This parting shot from the Clinton administration’s environmental team will produce the cleanest diesel engines ever

December 18, 2000 - Industry News

Brokers Could Compete With Carriers for Military Moves

The Military Traffic Management Command has proposed that relocation companies operating as brokers be allowed to compete with carriers for domestic and international transportation of personal property

December 18, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes New Load Securement Rules

New rules proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would require changes in the way carriers use cargo securement devices and, in some cases, increase the number of tie-downs needed

December 18, 2000 - Industry News

Key Hours of Service Issues Still Divide Industry, Government

After eight months of public discussion, industry and government remain deeply divided over how to reform truck and bus hours of service rules. Both the American Trucking Associations, the largest industry group, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, representing the safety enforcement community, want FMCSA to issue a supplemental proposal that is significantly different from the original proposal. They do not agree, however, on the details

December 15, 2000 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Bill Would Restrict Truckers' Cell Phone Use

A Pennsylvania state representative wants to limit truck drivers and some other kinds of drivers to hands-free mobile phones

December 15, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA to Temporarily Shut Down Carriers That Ignore Fines

Starting April 16, 2001, for-hire carriers, brokers and freight forwarders who don’t pay civil penalties assessed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be prohibited from operating in interstate commerce

December 14, 2000 - Industry News

Canadian Trucking Group Works on Fatigue Education

A Canadian Trucking Alliance official has admitted that the issue of truck and bus driver fatigue has become high profile lately, and the group is helping to educate the public

Tags: Safety

December 14, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Revises Drug & Alcohol Test Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued new rules for drug and alcohol testing, which it says will help deter cheating. Citing an increase in the number of specimens that are adulterated or substituted, DOT had wanted mandatory “validity” testing of all samples. For now, validity testing remains voluntary for employers, but the Department of Health and Human Services, which regulates drug-testing laboratories, is working on standardized test procedures.

December 12, 2000 - Industry News

Trucking Safety Regs Under Fire in Massachusetts

Police and trucking industry experts in Massachusetts are trying to persuade the state Legislature to get tougher on unsafe rigs

Tags: Safety

December 11, 2000 - Industry News

More Than 200 Drivers Denied Vision Exemptions

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has published a list of 247 drivers the agency has turned down for exemptions to federal vision standards

December 10, 2000 - Industry News

Hours of Service Deadline Approaching

If you have anything more to say about the hours of service rules, now is the time to speak up. The deadline for comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s controversial proposal is this Friday, Dec. 15. The docket already is huge – 60,000 comments and growing, according to an agency spokesman. This massive outpouring is the consequence of a proposal that would fundamentally change trucking industry operating practices

December 8, 2000 - Industry News

Court Says Mack Didn't Violate ERISA By Not Rehiring Workers

In a case involving former Mack employees, a U.S. District Judge has ruled that employers don’t violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when they choose not to rehire workers because they would then become vested in pension plans

December 8, 2000 - Industry News

Disabled Drivers: Trucking Struggles with Safety and the ADA

The Americans With Disabilities Act has created a cottage industry in litigation. Because the Act was drafted with very broad language, the courts have been left with the task of applying concrete meaning and determining how

December 7, 2000 - Industry News

RSPA May Lower HazMat Fees

Citing an "unexpended balance" in the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grants fund, the U.S. Research and Special Programs Administration has proposed to temporarily lower registration fees for hazardous materials haulers

December 5, 2000 - Industry News

Moving Industry Says HOS Proposal Would Hit Hard

A report commissioned by the American Moving and Storage Assn. found that the federal government's proposed hours of service regulations would cost the moving and storage industry an estimated $114 million a year

December 4, 2000 - Industry News

Oregon OSHA Looking at Tarping Falls

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking carriers if tarping loads poses a safety hazard for drivers

December 4, 2000 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Decide if Unloading is "Operating" A Trailer

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider whether or not loading and unloading a trailer is "operating or maintaining" a motor vehicle under the state’s workers’ compensation law

December 4, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues New Haz-Mat Routing Guide

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a new listing of restricted, designated, and preferred road and highway routes for transporting radioactive and non-radioactive hazardous materials

December 1, 2000 - Industry News

NHTSA to Public: Are Tire Makers Giving You Enough Information?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken the first steps toward implementation of new recall laws, with a lengthy request for public comment on tire labeling and information

December 1, 2000 - Industry News

MCS-150 Forms Due Every Two Years

Motor carriers now must update MCS-150 information every 24 months

November 30, 2000 - Industry News

Course Teaches Rollover Prevention

An Edmonton, Alberta-based driver instructor is spearheading a course that teaches truckers how to avoid rolling their rigs

Tags: Safety

November 29, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Recommends Improvements to Driver Licensing System

State and federal officials need to do a better job of monitoring commercial driver licenses, says the Department of Transportation. The Illinois and Florida CDL scandal, in which truckers obtained licenses through bribes of state officials, shows the system can be abused if officials are not paying close enough attention, according to a DOT report released this week

November 29, 2000 - Industry News

Tank Truck Carriers Seek Changes in Hours Proposal

Tank truck carriers want to see significant changes in the federal proposal to revise driver hours of service rules

November 28, 2000 - Industry News

Replacement Truckers Raise Safety Issues at California Trucking Firm

A Northern California trucking firm is being accused of sloppy paperwork when it comes to hours of service and drug and alcohol testing

Tags: Safety

November 28, 2000 - Industry News

Local Police Can Now Enforce CB Rules

It’s official: Last week, President Clinton signed a law sponsored by Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) allowing state and local governments to enforce Federal Communications Commission regulations on CB radios. The impetus for the new federal law was complaints of illegal, overpowered CB base stations interfering with commercial broadcast and cordless phone signals.

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