Safety & Compliance

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February 11, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Pulls Authority of Carrier in Long-Haul Mexico Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the authority of one of 14 Mexico-based trucking companies it approved earlier to run in its long-haul cross-border program.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Safety and Compliance

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Jury Rejects $3.5 Million Lawsuit Against FFE Following Crash

A Texas district court jury has verdict in favor of Dallas-based trucking company FFE Transportation Services after rejecting a $3.5 million lawsuit filed by the City of Saint Jo, following an automobile accident that took place nearly four years ago.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, FFE

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty to Helping to Violate Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to federal charges filed last year charging he helped violate an out-of-service order, according to the U.S. Transportation Department’s Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Safety and Compliance, Crime

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 21,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt Chassis Recalled

Paccar is recalling 11,056 model year 2013-2014 Kenworth T680 chassis manufactured Jan. 1, 2012 through Oct. 14, 2013, and Peterbilt 567 and 579 chassis manufactured Jan. 20, 2012 through Oct. 11, 2013, and equipped with Inteva-brand door latch assemblies.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Safety, Peterbilt, Recalls, NHTSA

February 9, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Opens New Driver Training Center

Celadon Group Inc. and its Quality Drivers subsidiary have announced the official opening of the new driver training center near its Indianapolis headquarters. The $7 million, 61,000 square-foot training facility includes dorm rooms, cafeteria, workout room, basketball court, and a state of the art driver training road course.

Tags: Driver Training, Celadon

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Two Drivers and Company from the Road

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered two drivers and one trucking to seek life outside of the trucking industry following what it describes as some dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declarations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended state and regional emergency declarations it issued earlier for certain deliveries of propane and other home heating fuels.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Transport

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Says Separate Study Confirms CSA Effectiveness, ATA Balks

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claims a new study confirms its Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety, ATA, Research, CSA, GAO, SMS

February 4, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program has been successful in some respects but needs improvements, says the Government Accountability Office. CSA has helped the agency expand its reach, among other benefits, but because of data shortcomings it is not as strong a predictor of crash risk as it could be, the watchdog agency said.

Tags: Safety, CSA, GAO, FMCSA, Regulations, Government Accountability Office

February 3, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Will Go Ahead with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Initiative for Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to go ahead with a regulation that will require vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems in new cars. The move signals that trucks are likely to be included at some point in the future.

Tags: Safety, V2V, NHTSA, Information Technology

February 3, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan DOT Turns Back Ambassador Bridge Haz-Mat Request

Thje Michigan Department of Transportation has determined that public safety would not be enhanced by allowing corrosive or flammable materials to cross the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Michigan, Surface Trade, Hazmat, Ambassador Bridge

February 3, 2014 - Industry News

FDA Proposes New Rules for Transporting Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will officially propose a rule that would require certain shippers, receivers, and carriers who transport food by motor or rail vehicles to take steps to prevent the contamination of human and animal food during transportation.

Tags: Regulations, FDA, Safety & Compliance, Freight

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

ATA and others are critical of results of a study on the new hours of service rules. (Photo by Jim Park)

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Safety

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proves Benefit of Restart Rule, FMCSA Says

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours-of-service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Motor Safety Administration reports.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, Hours of Service

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Police and roadside inspectors are calling for changes in how the Department of Transportation administers the truck safety program. At a hearing Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Thomas Fuller, a sergeant in the New York State Police, outlined what the enforcement community wants in the next highway bill.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, FMCSA, Safety, Congress, CSA, DataQ, MCSAP

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Plenty of Drivers and Enforcement Officers Still Don’t Understand CSA

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Transportation Research Institute has released a new white paper showing a majority of the nation’s truck drivers do not have an understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety and Accountability program. CSA was rolled out nationally just over three years ago

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, American Transportation Research Institute, CSA, ATRI, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, CVSA

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight’s Tom Syme Reaches 3 Million Consecutive Accident-Free Miles

Con-way Freight announced that Tom Syme surpassed the career milestone of driving 3 million consecutive, accident-free miles. Syme, who started with Con-way as one of its first employees 30 years ago, is the second of Con-way Freight’s 16,000 drivers nationwide to reach this safe-driving achievement.

Tags: Driver Safety, Con-way Freight

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal Nears Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now one step away from publishing a proposal to create a national database containing driver drug and alcohol test results.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing, Safety & Compliance

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Traffic Advisories Issued Ahead of This Weekend’s Super Bowl

While Super Bowl XLVIII is still a few days away but it’s already affecting traffic in parts of New York City and New Jersey.

Tags: New York City, New Jersey, Traffic Congestion

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Heating Fuel Exemption to Southern U.S.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has widened the scope of emergency declarations it recently issued due to shortages of propane and other home heating fuels, extending it to the Southern region of the country.

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Updates Await eManifest System at Canadian Border

Photo by Jim Park

Buckle up, because the Canada Border Services Agency is changing its commercial border processes. The changes are meant to make customs clearance more efficient, but they will also require carriers to make some changes in the ways they communicate with CBSA, according to website of Today’s Trucking magazine.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Safety & Compliance, Canadian Trucking Alliance

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Updates Await eManifest System at Canadian Border

Buckle up, because the Canada Border Services Agency is changing its commercial border processes. The changes are meant to make customs clearance more efficient, but they will also require carriers to make some changes in the ways they communicate with CBSA...

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Safety and Compliance, Canadian Trucking Alliance

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Window Film Makers Want to Offer Darker Tint

The makers of window films are asking for an exemption from federal standards so they can sell a darker film than usually is allowed. In a Federal Register notice Thursday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asks for comments on the exemption sought by the International Window Film Association.

Tags: FMCSA, Federal Register, International Window Film Association

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Heavy Hauler Handed $40K Citation for Overweight Load

A heavy hauler caught off-route with a 232,000-lb load faces fines of more than $40,000.

Tags: Heavy Haul

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, MAP-21, Regulations, Fleets, Drivers, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

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