Safety & Compliance

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December 10, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

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

Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report

Photo: Con-way

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

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Plan to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

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

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

At issue are last year's changes to the 34-hour restart provision. Photo: Jim Park

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

Carrier Owner Sentenced for Violating FMCSA Order

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

Ford Recalls Transit Connect Vans for Door Panels

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect van courtesy of Ford.

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

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Tennessee Bans Trucks from 'The Dragon'

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

FMCSA Declares Florida Driver an Imminent Hazard

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

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck/Car Speed Limit Differential to Drop in Some Parts of Illinois

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

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Clarify Sleep Apnea Instructions to Medical Examiners

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

Wisconsin DOT Testing Orange Lane Markings in Construction Zone

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

Interstate 94 in St. Paul Closing for Bridge Work

The Lafayette Bridge via Minnesota DOT.

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: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Highways, Minnesota, I-94

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

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

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

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

CVSA Joins Push to Hide CSA Data from Public

CVSA says there are unavoidable differences in enforcement practices from state to state that affect carrier scores under CSA. (File photo: CVSA)

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

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Offers Safe Driving Tips for Thanksgiving

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

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Travel Expected to be Highest Since 2007

Graphic: AAA Travel

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

Specialized Carriers Seek Exemption from 30-Minute Break Requirement

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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

Warning Issued About Increase in ‘Red Zone’ Truck Cargo Thefts

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

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

Rosekind in an official NTSB photo.

President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board -- a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules -- to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, Sleep Apnea, Hours of Service, Fatigue, People

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

ELD Rule Planned for September

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates it will post the final electronic logging mandate next September.

Tags: Insurance, Drug Testing, Vehicle Inspection, Speed Limiter, ELDs, Driver Coercion, FMCSA, Regulations

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Washington State Patrol Faults Trucker for I-5 Bridge Collapse

Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol on Monday released the findings of an investigation that determined that the truck that hit the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was 2 inches over-height.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 16, 2014 - Industry News

Detroit Assurance: Collision Mitigation, Assisted Braking, Better MPG

Photo by Jim Park

The new Detroit Assurance from Daimler Trucks North America is an active vehicle safety system that complements fuel efficiency while adding a huge measure of driver convenience. The system was formally unveiled at a ride-and-drive event in Miami, Florida, on Friday.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, DTNA, Detroit Assurance, Adaptive Cruise Control, Fuel Efficiency, Transmissions, Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, Detroit Diesel

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Electronic Logs Don't Lead to More Driver Harassment

Few truck drivers feel they are harassed by their employers or shippers, and drivers who use electronic logs experience no more harassment than those who use paper logs. Those are the key findings of a survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, ELDs, Hours of Service

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports. “We need some relief now,” said Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Ports, Regulations, Port Trucking, Safety & Compliance

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