Safety & Compliance

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August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin, New Jersey May Consider Higher Speed Limits

More states, including Wisconsin and New Jersey, may be following the lead of Illinois Gov. Pat Quin who signed legislation Monday increasing the state’s top speed limit to 70 mph.

Tags: Drivers, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Speed Limits, Highways

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Ready-Mix Concrete Carriers Seek HOS Exemption

UPDATED--The ready-mix concrete industry is asking for an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the new hours-of-service rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, FMCSA, Drivers

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Will Hear Brokers' CSA Challenge in September

A coaltion of groups is challenging CSA. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight brokers will air their case against the CSA safety enforcement program in court next month, with allegations that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrration is putting its safety credentialing responsibility into the hands of brokers and shippers.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, Safety & Compliance

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Illinois Top Speed Limit to Increase to 70

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed legislation increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on rural four-lane highways and to lower the limit by five mph for excessive speeding, effective January 1, 2014.

Tags: Illinois, Speed Limits

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

Final Statistics Reveal I-80 Challenge Makes Strong Impact

The eleven states from California to New Jersey dedicated nearly 23,000 enforcement hours to the I-80 Challenge. The officers working along I-80 removed 162 impaired drivers from the road, and issued 14,274 traffic citations and 9,411 warnings to passenger vehicle drivers. Additionally, 1,711 citations and 2,978 warnings were issued to commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Tags: Accidents, I-80, i-80 Challenge

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

CSA Safety Measurement System Website Updated, Includes Two New Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the CSA Safety Measurement System website has been updated with new snapshots of fleet performance and two new violations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, Alcohol

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Stands by Oilfield HOS Guidance, Seeks Comments on Other Exemptions

An hours-of-service guidance for oilfield haulers will remain as it is, although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it is open to applications for individual exceptions. In other HOS news, the agency is looking for comments on exempting munitions and livestock haulers from the 30-minute break requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

August 9, 2013 - Industry News

ELog Proposal Goes to Office of Management and Budget

The Transportation Department sent its proposed Electronic Logging Devices rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting before publication.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, EOBR, Fleets, eLog

August 8, 2013 - Industry News

MnDOT Rolls Out New 511 Service for Truckers

Less than a month after the debut of its new 511 traveler information mobile application for smartphones, Minnesota's Department of Transportation has again improved the real-time service for truckers and others seeking the best route from Point A to Point B.

Tags: Minnesota, Information Technology

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Con-Way Truckload Equipping new Trucks With Safety Technology

Con-way Truckload has announced it is investing in three safety technology systems for all of the 525 new tractors it will take delivery of in 2013.

Tags: Safety Technology, Fleets, Con-way Truckload, Bendix, Meritor Wabco, Takata, Electronic Stability Control, Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, Safety & Compliance

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Publishes Q&A for TRU Generator Sets

The California Air Resources Board has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers for transport refrigeration unit generator sets regarding compliance with the TRU regulation requirements

Tags: Drivers, CARB, Reefers, Emissions, California

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

Tags: HOS, Hours of Service, FMCSA, Litigation

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Faces Lawsuit Over Background Checks

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act in how it conducted background checks. The suit says more than 10,000 applicants were affected.

Tags: Drivers, Swift Transportation, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Litigation

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds Mexico Pilot Program

UPDATED- A federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union to declare the program illegal.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA, Teamsters, NAFTA

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hair Testing More Reliable for Detecting Illegal Drug Use, HHS Panel Told

Five years of dual testing data from the trucking industry, which included over 200,000 DOT driver candidates from more than 25 different motor carriers, demonstrates that urine testing by itself is no longer effective for pre-employment screening.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Report Says to Expect Three FMCSA Proposals Soon

The U.S. Transportation Department has released its semi-annual regulatory agenda summarizing of all current and projected rulemakings. On the near-term agenda are a drug and alcohol testing database, no-defect DVIRs and electronic driver logs.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, EOBR, ELD, Regulations

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, Hours of Service, Enforcement, Drivers

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wireless Mobile Devices Cleared as Transponders for Electronic Inspection

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially approved mobile devices such as smart phones and GPS navigators as transponders for electronic inspection and weigh station bypass systems.

Tags: FMCSA, Enforcement

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

States Setting Higher Speed Limits

Five state legislatures voted this year to raise speed limits on some divided highways in their states. They’re following the lead of Texas, which last year bumped the speed limit on one stretch to 85 mph, the highest in the nation.

Tags: Speed Limits, Texas, Ohio, Maine, Utah, Illinois, New Hampshire

July 21, 2013 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Incidents Decline While Value Increases

In the second quarter of 2013, the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International recorded a total of 194 thefts in the United States, a 27% increase in value and a 12% decrease in volume from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Pushes Anti-Aggressive Driving Effort

Safety around trucks takes the spotlight in this summer’s Maryland’s Smooth Operator program. As a heat wave strikes the Baltimore area, the Smooth Operator program is working to put the chill on aggressive driving behaviors through education and enforcement waves of its own.

Tags: Maryland, Safety & Compliance

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Takes Action Against Three Chicago-Area Moving Companies

Three Chicago-area household goods moving companies have had their interstate operating authority revoked or suspended due to serious violations of safety and commercial regulations. In addition, all three companies were assessed civil penalties, announced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Moving Fraud Task Force, Household Goods Movers, Illinois

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

California Opening New Truck Inspection Facility on I-80

Artist's rendering of the facility plans.

The newest and one of the largest truck inspection facilities in California is set to open soon along eastbound Interstate 80 near Fairfield in Solano County, with greater truck capacity and longer ramps.

Tags: California, Weigh Stations

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-5 Reopens in Los Angeles

The California State Highway Patrol says all lanes along Interstate 5 have reopened in both directions at the state route 2 interchange following a truck crash and fire Saturday that shut them down.

Tags: California, I-5

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Maryland Implements New Truck Restriction Along Part of State Route 75

Courtesy Maryland State Highway Administration

In an effort to address what it says is an ongoing problem with trucks getting stuck under a railroad overpass, the Maryland State Highway Administration is implementing a new truck restriction on a section of MD 75 (Green Valley Road) near Monrovia in Frederick County.

Tags: Maryland, Highways

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