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April 25, 2018 - Industry News

Georgia Reincarnated Carrier Shut Down for Noncompliant E-Logs, Unsafe Trucks

A Georgia-based trucking company seemingly did everything it could to avoid FMCSA compliance until a compliance investigation placed it out of service.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Compliance, Hours of Service, U.S. DOT, Imminent Hazard, ELDs, Out of Service Violations

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Recording ELD Violations in SMS

Violations of the ELD rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in are now being used in the Safety Measurement System. Image: FMCSA

Violations of the electronic logging device rule found during roadside inspections since full enforcement kicked in on April 1 are now being used in the Safety Measurement System that drives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, ELD Mandate

April 10, 2018 - Industry News

HazMat Hauler Shut Down for Moving Explosives Without Regard for Safety

Inspectors found RC Stone & Farms had transported explosive materials without following safety rules or filing proper paperwork. Photos courtesy FMCSA

The FMCSA has ordered Tennessee-based trucking company Rock Stone Company to cease all transportation of explosives and hazardous materials after it was found to pose an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials, Hazmat, Imminent Hazard, Out of Service Violations

April 9, 2018 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Week Set to Begin July 15

This year's Operation Safe Driver Week has been set for July 15-21. Photo: CVSA

Operation Safe Driver Week has been set for the week of July 15-21, 2018, with law enforcement around the country joining in on the effort to spot unsafe driving behaviors by commercial vehicle drivers and passenger vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, Distracted Driving, Law Enforcement, Fatigue, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

March 30, 2018 - Industry News

House Bill Aims to Bend 14-Hour Clock for Truck Drivers

Newly proposed bill would allow truckers a daily break of up to 3 consecutive hours that would not eat into their 14-hour on-duty allotment.

A newly proposed bill would allow truck drivers a daily break of up to 3 consecutive hours that would not eat into the 14-hour on-duty allotment afforded them by federal Hours of Service rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Impact of Full ELD Enforcement: ‘A Firehose of Violations’

Everyone required to operate with an ELD will face “a firehose of violations” issued roadside by law enforcement, predicts Steve Bryan, president of Vigillo.

Not just the illegally unprepared may feel the shock starting April 1, when full enforcement of the electronic logging device rule kicks in. That’s because everyone required to operate with an ELD will face “a firehose of violations” issued roadside by law enforcement, predicts Steve Bryan, president of Vigillo.

Tags: FMCSA, Vigillo, ELD Mandate, TCA, ELDs

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

FCMSA Seeks Public Comment on Autonomous Vehicle Technology

FMCSA wants to hear about regulations and autonomous trucks. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Public comments to FCMSA on autonomous vehicle technology must be received by May 10, 2018 to be included in the organization's study.

Tags: FMCSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Regulations

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spending Bill Stretches ELD Exemption for Livestock Haulers

Updated: Livestock haulers will get a respite from complying with the electronic logging device rule thanks to the omnibus funding measure passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 23.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, U.S. Congress, ELD Mandate

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Widens Stance on AOBRD Grandfather Clause

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has slightly liberalized its stance on the use automatic on-board recording devices by some fleets that are using those devices under the terms of the AOBRD grandfather clause within the electronic logging device rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, ELD Mandate

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA: A Driver Found Lacking Required ELD May Finish Trip

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has advised how the electronic logging device mandate will be enforced beginning April 1, 2018, when the period of “soft enforcement” ends.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, ELD, ELD Mandate

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

TRALA Requests ELD Exemption Extension Through December

Short-term truck rental operators are asking for more time from FMCSA to figure out a way to stay compliant with the ELD mandate. Photo: TRALA

The Truck Rental and Leasing Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an extension to its current 90-day ELD rule waiver for short-term rental trucks that would extend through the end of the year.

Tags: FMCSA, TRALA, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues New 90-Day ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers

FMCSA is granting an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for “agriculture-related transportation.” Photo: J.J. Keller

The FMCSA is granting an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the electronic logging rule for “agriculture-related transportation.” During that time period, the agency says it will also publish "final guidance" on both the agricultural air-mile exemption within the hours of service rule and on the use of the personal conveyance adjustment by all motor carriers operating under the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, CVSA, ELDs, Agricultural Fleets, ELD Mandate, Personal Conveyance

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Administrator to Speak at TCA Annual Convention

The 2018 TCA Annual Convention is taking place from March 25-58 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez will give an address at the 80th Truckload Carriers Association Annual Convention in March.

Tags: FMCSA, Keynote Speaker, Events, TCA, ELDs

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

Martinez Sworn In as FMCSA Administrator

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (far right) swears in Raymond Martinez as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration. Photo: U.S. DOT

Raymond Martinez has been officially sworn in by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao as the sixth administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Leadership, U.S. DOT, People

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Senate Confirms Martinez as FMCSA Administrator

New FMCSA chief Raymond Maretinez File photo

Raymond Martinez’s appointment as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was confirmed by a Senate voice vote late on Feb. 13.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. Senate

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies How to Request a Non-Preventable Crash Data Review

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has clarified how carriers may go about requesting a data review of certain non-preventable crashes. Photo: FMCSA

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched a demonstration program last August last summer that invited motor carriers to request a data review of certain non-preventable crashes, only now is the agency releasing “additional information to help submitters and other interested parties understand the demonstration program.”

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

DOT has taken issue with how FMSCA plans to collect data on driver detention. Photo: Dept.of Transportation

An audit slams the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to collect data on driver detention, noting that the data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

Tags: HOS, Driver Detention, FMCSA, U.S. DOT, Driver Fatigue

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

PeopleNet Explains Need for AOBRD Waiver for ELD Rule

PeopleNet has issued an advisory on the need for an AOBRD waiver of the ELD rule for its customers. Photo: PeopleNet

With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration having granted a waiver that gives PeopleNet customers that integrate existing AOBRDs with fleet management and safety systems until March 18 to continue installing ELD-compatible devices running AOBRD software, the supplier has put together material to help address the need for the waiver.

Tags: FMCSA, PeopleNet, ELD Mandate

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Dozens of Congressmen Go to Bat for OOIDA ELD Exemption Request

Twenty-five Congressmen have wriiten to FMCSA in support of OOIDA's request for a five-year ELD exemption for certain motor carriers.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has garnered the support of over two dozen Congressmen in the form of a letter from them to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that encourages the agency to grant OOIDA’s pending application for a 5-year exemption from the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

5-Year Exemption Would 'Gut’ ELD Rule, Truck Safety Groups Say

The Trucking Alliance, which consists of motor carrier members, contends that granting a 5-year exemption to smaller carriers would 'gut' the ELD rule. Photo: Knight Transportation

Is there such a thing as too big an exemption to the electronic logging rule? That’s the gist of joint comments submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by a safety advocacy group composed of motor carriers and a highway-safety lobby.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA: Carriers Stymied by PeopleNet AOBRD Issue May Seek Exemption

Old Dominion Freight Line is seeking a one-year exemption from the ELD mandate. Photo: ODFL

The FMCSA is considering a request by one motor carrier for a one-year exemption from electronic logging rules so that its AOBRD/ELD provider can provide a specific type of software as having been made “on behalf of all motor carriers in similar situations concerning the integration of PeopleNet’s ELD software into fleet management systems.”

Tags: FMCSA, Old Dominion Freight Line, ELDs, ELD Mandate

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations on Propane Tankers

NTSB has issued six safety recommendations regarding the loading of propane tanker trucks. Image: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations on loading and inspecting propane truck tankers after its investigation of a 2016 crash.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, NTSB, Tankers, Propane Transport, Safety

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Updates SMS Website with December Results

Screenshot of the FMCSA's Safety Measurement System website.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated its CSA Safety Measurement System website with the Dec. 29, 2017 crash preventability results.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Highway Safety, Crash Research, SMS, Crash Analysis

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Gautreaux Sees Innovation Driving Safety Forward

FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux tells TRB audience in Washington DC that the agency will keep seeking to reduce regulations without negatively impacting safety. Photo: David Cullen

At the start of her first full year helping to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux praised the agency for its recent accomplishments and laid out its priorities going forward.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, TRB, Highway Safety, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Mandate Finally Arrives, to Growing Pains and Praise

The electronic logging device rule kicked in on Dec. 18 and enforcement has begun across the country.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Hours of Service, CVSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

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