December 29, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proper safety controls in place for Mexican carriers operating across the border, but the pilot program to test the system has too few participants to project the outcome of a full border opening, says the DOT Inspector General.
Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking
December 23, 2014 - Industry News
The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year.
Tags: FMCSA, Legislation, ELDs, Highway Bill, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, Fuel Economy Standards
December 18, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.
Tags: FMCSA, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service
December 17, 2014 - Industry News
The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.
Tags: FMCSA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Enforcement
December 11, 2014 - Industry News
By increasing truckload capacity of the industry, there should be a slight boost to potential productivity, according to analysis from transportation research firm FTR.
Tags: FTR, Truckload, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA, Hours of Service
December 9, 2014 - Industry News
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
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 3, 2014 - Industry News
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
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
November 26, 2014 - Industry News
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 24, 2014 - Industry News
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 21, 2014 - Industry News
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 19, 2014 - Industry News
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 13, 2014 - Industry News
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
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
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published new information to answer common questions from trucking industry stakeholders about its Compliance, Safety and Accountability program.
Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, CSA
November 7, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for more information about entry-level driver training, as part of its effort to craft a rule. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to survey newly licensed drivers about the relationship between their training and their safety performance.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Regulations, Safety & Compliance
November 4, 2014 - Industry News
The White House Office of Management and Budget has cleared a truck insurance notice for publication.The document, officially an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, will spell out proposed changes in minimum insurance requirements by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Tags: FMCSA, Insurance
October 31, 2014 - Industry News
A proposal that could eventually lead to higher insurance requirements for trucking companies is close to publication. An advanced notice of the proposal is under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and can be expected to show up in the Federal Register this year.
Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, MCSAC
October 30, 2014 - Industry News
The FMCSA is accepting submissions for its 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest to promote safety belt use. The contest is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grade.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts, Contest, U.S. DOT
October 29, 2014 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.
Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers
October 28, 2014 - Industry News
Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.
Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, MCSAC, Medical Examiners, Medications, Driver Health, Regulations
It will take another year to launch a pilot program to see if drivers can safely split their sleeper berth rest time. The option is being pushed by carriers and drivers who believe more flexible rules could actually reduce driver fatigue.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Sleepers
October 24, 2014 - Industry News
The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.
Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Driver Health
October 22, 2014 - Industry News
Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.
Tags: FMCSA, Distracted Driving, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Drivers, Regulations
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