Safety & Compliance

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March 7, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets 3-Year Action Plan

For the past nine months, truck safety enforcement has been getting tougher, with a 96% increase in compliance reviews and a 107% increase in penalties – but it’s only the beginning. The federal truck safety program is

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Trucker Falls Off Ladder, Gets $655,000

An Illinois truck driver who fell off a broken ladder while loading produce at a farm warehouse in Colorado was awarded $655,000 last week by a Denver federal jury.

Tags: Safety

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Help on the Way For Sleep Disorder

A computer program that can detect potentially fatal episodes of sleep apnea may soon offer physicians an easier and cheaper way to diagnose their patients, according to a recent report in the Albany Times Union. Michael I.

Tags: Safety

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Education is Key on Florida's Busy Roads

Between 15,000 to 20,000 commercial trucks travel on the roads of Florida's Polk County every day. Truckers say they strive for safety, but motorists will need more education on sharing the road to prevent many accidents.

Tags: Safety

March 6, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Making Slow Progress

The federal truck and bus safety program is getting a much better reception on Capitol Hill than it was this time last year, but it still has miles to go before the critics will be satisfied. At a hearing before the House Transportation Subcommittee last week, chairman Frank Wolf, R-VA, gave notice that he is going to keep a sharp eye on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

March 6, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Presses for Action on FMCSA Leadership

In a move to speed up the search for leadership at the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA, offered to help rewrite the terms of the job

March 3, 2000 - Industry News

Be Careful Out There

A recent e mail inquiry from a lady with a fond remembrance of traveling the road with a knapsack, an outstretched thumb and little else has rattled my thought process. Her idea is to hit the

Tags: Safety

March 3, 2000 - Industry News

RSPA Looking for Ways to Cut Costs for Small Businesses

The Research and Special Programs Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting March 28 and 29 to discuss ways to improve safety, increase customer service, and reduce costs (especially for small businesses) through its management of the hazardous materials transportation safety program.

March 3, 2000 - Industry News

Trucker's Widow Wins Appeal in Michigan

The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a $2.35 million award against the state Department of Transportation related to a 1992 crash that killed a tanker driver.

Tags: Safety

March 2, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Asks Labor Secretary to Withdraw Ergonomics Rule

The American Trucking Assn's says a new ergonomics standard proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is unconstitutional

February 29, 2000 - Industry News

OSHA Adds Another Week to Ergonomics Hearings

In order to accommodate more than 300 requests from individuals and organizations that want to testify, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has added an extra week to its schedule of public hearings on proposed ergonomics standards.

February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Tank Carriers Challenge New HazMat Fees

The National Tank Truck Carriers Assn. has asked the Research and Special Programs Administration to reconsider recently announced increases in filing fees for large hazardous materials carriers, charging that the new registration rules contradict facts and are not enforceable.

February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Study Says Iowa Needs More Truck Parking

Iowa may be the home of the "world's largest truckstop," but a new study says there's not enough overnight parking for trucks in the state. The study, requested by the Iowa Legislature, found that the Iowa Department

Tags: Safety

February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Government Trying To Reduce Freight Paperwork

The General Services Administration is hoping to reducing paperwork and cost by simplifying the rules of freight delivery to government agencies.

February 24, 2000 - Industry News

Train Whistles Or No: The Debate Could Get Noisy

The Federal Railroad Administration will begin a series of public meetings in March to discuss the mandated use of train whistles at highway-rail crossings. The issue is crossing safety versus noise pollution -- and could generate

February 24, 2000 - Industry News

NSF Calls For New Rules Based on 24-Hour Clock

As the Clinton Administration puts the final touches on proposed driver hours of service regulations, the National Sleep Foundation released a position statement Thursday calling for new rules based on current scientific research regarding sleep

Tags: Safety

February 24, 2000 - Industry News

FHWA Study Says Red-Light Cameras Work

A report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration shows that red light running violations decreased by as much as 60% at intersections where cameras automatically enforce the law

Tags: Safety

February 23, 2000 - Industry News

Trucker Made Unsafe Turn, Says CHP

A crash that killed 13 farm laborers in a van in Fresno County, CA, last August was mainly the fault of the truck driver who made an unsafe U-turn, according to a report released Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol

Tags: Safety

February 22, 2000 - Industry News

Kentucky Bill Would Mean Split Speeds

A bill awaiting a hearing before the Kentucky House Transportation Committee would raise speed limits for motorists but not for truckers

Tags: Safety

February 18, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Rules on Intrastate Trips

Truckers who begin a trip in interstate commerce and run only intrastate the rest of the week still come under federal jurisdiction, according to a new policy memo issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration. The issue centers on hours-of-service rules and overtime pay.

February 18, 2000 - Industry News

STB To Hold Railroad Hearings

The Surface Transportation Board has scheduled a four-day public hearing on major rail consolidations and the present and future structure of the North American rail industry. The hearings will be held March 7 through 10 at

February 17, 2000 - Industry News

Drug Test Tracking Hits Snag In Oregon

A new state law in Oregon that requires failed drug tests to be indicated on commercial driving records has hit a snag: How it's going to be paid for

February 16, 2000 - Industry News

Court Upholds Bottleneck Contract Exception

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld the so-called "contract exception" to the Surface Transportation Board's bottleneck decision.

February 16, 2000 - Industry News

Pilot Program Would Relax HOS Rules For Heating Oil Deliveries

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a pilot program that would relax hours-of-service rules during winter months for some home heating oil delivery drivers.

February 16, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Presses for Results in Search for FMCSA Chief

The Department of Transportation is not moving quickly enough to name a boss for the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA. Wolf’s complaint came during a Feb. 15 hearing on the DOT budget. The House Transportation Appropriations Committee, which Wolf chairs, is concerned about the slow progress of finding an administrator for the new agency, Wolf told DOT Secretary Rodney Slater.

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