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June 26, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Joins ‘Our Roads, Our Safety’ Outreach Program

American Trucking Associations has joined the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, AAA, and the American Bus Association, to unveil the Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership, aimed at reducing highway fatalities.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, ATA, Share the Road

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Brake Safety Day Scheduled for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced that Brake Safety Day is taking place on Sept. 7 this year across North America.

Tags: FMCSA, Inspections, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Air Brakes, Brakes

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, President Trump

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Finally Releases Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

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A final rule on minimum entry-level CDL training requirements-- issued in December year-- has at last gone into effect, having been delayed several times due to having been placed under a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” in January by the Trump administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hold Live ELD Q&A Sessions in July

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that in July, it will hold two live question-and-answer sessions about electronic logging devices.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Q&A, ELD Mandate

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

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Hoping to develop “statistically reliable evidence” on whether split-sleeper-berth time affects driver safety performance and fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a pilot program that would give a limited number of CDL holders temporary relief from the existing sleeper-berth regulation of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Split Sleeper Berth, Hours of Service

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Minimum Insurance Rulemaking

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More than three years after launching a rulemaking to increase minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the FMCSA is dropping the effort because it says it has not collected enough information to warrant going forward-- at least for now.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, The Trucking Alliance, Truckload Carriers Association, OOIDA, ATA

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Formalizes Regulatory Reform Effort

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen will serve as DOT’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, The Trucking Alliance, Donald Trump

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Fatal Accident Leads FMCSA to Investigate Small Alabama Carrier

A fatal accident involving a driver falling asleep at the wheel led the FMCSA to investigate Beatrice, Ala.-based J&L Trucking and order its vehicles off the road.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Out of Service, Imminent Hazard, Records Management

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

AFL-CIO Coalition Seeks to Clip Hair Testing

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A coalition of AFL-CIO member unions is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to deny a petition by several trucking companies to use hair specimens in lieu of federally mandated urine in pre-employment drug tests.

Tags: FMCSA, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing, AFL-CIO TTD

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Schism: Truck Groups Draw Lines over ELD, Speed-Limiter Rules

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A proxy war of words over how the Trump administration should approach existing and proposed truck-safety rules has erupted among some trucking and stakeholder groups.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, OOIDA, U.S. DOT, ELD, The Trucking Alliance

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Drug-Fueled Refuse Truck Driver Goes on Wrong-Way Rampage

A Kentucky-licensed truck driver arrested for driving the wrong way on a highway to avoid police while on drugs was declared an imminent hazard by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Drugged Driving, Imminent Hazard

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Virginia Trucking Companies, Execs Indicted for Hours of Service Conspiracy

Two Virginia-based trucking companies and their executives have been charged with conspiracy, falsifying records, false statements, wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy related to hours of service and labor violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Public Meeting to Discuss ELD Technical Specifications

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced it will hold a public meeting May 9 to discuss technical specifications for electronic logging devices that are scheduled to become mandatory for trucking fleets this December.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 23, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Drops Safety Fitness Proposal; Leaves Door Open to Revisiting

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The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced on March 23 that it is scrapping its proposed rule on a revised methodology for issuing safety fitness determinations for motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA’s DeLorenzo: Move to ELDs Benefits Everyone

FMCSA's DeLorenzo. Photo: Stephane Babcock

As Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, sees it, there are positive reasons why all motor carriers need to be conscious of the upcoming electronic logging device mandate deadline of December 18, 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Omnitracs, Alcohol Testing, ELDs, Compliance

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Groups Ask Chao to Kill Safety Fitness Determination Proposal

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A large coalition of groups representing property and passenger carriers is requesting that Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao rescind the Carrier Safety Fitness Determination notice of proposed rulemaking issued over a year ago by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Elaine Chao, Regulations

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Pulls Hard for Hair-Testing

J.B Hunt is among the member companies of the Trucking Alliance seeking an exemption to let them conduct hair-testing for pre-employment drug testing of driver applicants. Photo: Drivewyze

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (a.k.a. “Trucking Alliance”) has submitted a set of comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to support a petition calling for motor carriers to be exempt from having to use urinalysis to test for drug use by CDL driver applicants.

Tags: FMCSA, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing, Drug Testing

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard After 2 Alcohol-Related Arrests

After Tennessee truck driver Eric Ronald Scott was arrested in for two alcohol-related events, FMCSA ordered him to not operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Alcohol, Imminent Hazard

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trump ‘Freeze’ Only Technically Delays Driver-Training Rule

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Thanks to a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” issued by the White House, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has “temporarily delayed” the effective date of its final rule on minimum entry-level CDL training requirements.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Donald Trump

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the rollout of its new online Unified Registration System until technical issues are resolved.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, Vehicle Registration

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Annual Drug Testing Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, U.S. DOT

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Detention Rule Shelved For Now

A federal rule regulating driver detention may be shelved for the foreseeable future.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

December 27, 2016 - Industry News

Massachusetts Carrier Put Out of Service After Fatal-Crash Investigation

After a fatal crash that killed two passengers, including a 5-year old boy, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigation revealed Kamway Services and its owner to be in violation of multiple federal safety statutes and regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Fatal Accidents, Imminent Hazard, Crash

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