December 12, 2014 - Industry News
A Tennessee woman has been sentenced in federal court in to four years probation and eight months home detention following her conviction of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud trucking companies over drug and alcohol test results of drivers.
Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance, Alcohol Testing
Thursday night's approval of an omnibus spending bill by the House of Representatives brought a suspension of the controversial 34-hour restart provision of truck driver hours-of-service regulations one step closer to reality.
Tags: Legislation, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart
December 11, 2014 - Industry News
By increasing truckload capacity of the industry, there should be a slight boost to potential productivity, according to analysis from transportation research firm FTR.
Tags: FTR, Truckload, ELDs, FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service
Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington State, according to a new report from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
Tags: Drivers, Washington, Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury
December 10, 2014 - Industry News
Eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., will be closed from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 for work on the Lafayette bridge.
Tags: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota, Highways
As Congress moves toward suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, some trucking groups applaud the move while police worry about how they will enforce the change.
Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34 hour restart
Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.
Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation
December 9, 2014 - Industry News
As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck.
Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, DVIR
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is going ahead with its plan to negotiate the terms of a rule covering entry-level driver training.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training
December 8, 2014 - Industry News
With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.
Tags: ATA, Congress, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34-Hour Restart
December 5, 2014 - Industry News
The owner of an interstate livestock carrier has been sentenced to a year’s probation for violating a Federal Motor Carrier imminent hazard out of service order.
Tags: Regulations, Tennessee, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance
December 4, 2014 - Industry News
The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.
Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans
Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period.
Tags: Tennessee, Highways
December 3, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered truck driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle.
Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Cell Phone Use, Drug Charges
The Illinois Trucking Association has been successful in getting the speed limit differential between cars and trucks reduced in some rural areas near Chicago, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Tags: Legislation, Illinois, Speed Limits, Illinois Trucking Assocation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will clarify its instructions to medical examiners concerning screening drivers for sleep apnea. In response to congressional concern about sleep apnea training for examiners, the agency said it will notify examiners and trainers that they should not use federal rules and advice as guidance for apnea screening and testing.
Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health
December 2, 2014 - Industry News
Many years ago, Schneider founder Don Schneider decided on bright orange paint for his trucks to make them more visible. So it's only fitting that the home state of the megafleet is testing orange highway markings for the same reason.
Tags: Wisconsin, I-94
December 1, 2014 - Industry News
Westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., between Highway 61 and Interstate 35 East will be closed from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 for bridge work. The road will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5th and reopens on Monday, Dec. 8th at 5 a.m.
Tags: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Highways, Minnesota, I-94
November 26, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on a plan to raise insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.
Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Department of Transportation, Hazmat
November 25, 2014 - Industry News
The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.
Tags: DOT, Truck Sizes, Size and Weight, Congress, Productivity, Congestion
November 24, 2014 - Industry News
The truck safety enforcement community has joined the industry effort to get the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to hide CSA safety data from public view. In a November 14 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said that Safety Measurement System scores should be available to police but not to the public.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, CVSA
The American Trucking Associations gave out a series of tips on safe driving during the busy Thanksgiving Holiday, which will see an estimated 46.3 million drivers on the road.
Tags: ATA, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Share the Road, Thanksgiving weekend
More than 46 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with most of them taking to the highways, according to a forecast from AAA Travel.
Tags: Highways, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving
November 21, 2014 - Industry News
The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from the provision, which says drivers must take a half-hour break in an 8-hour shift.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Regulations, Drivers, Safety & Compliance
November 20, 2014 - Industry News
Logistics security services provider FreightWatch International reports it has notice an unusually high rate of violations of best practices by carriers for in-transit cargo security this quarter.
Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch
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