December 18, 2013 - Industry News
Short-haul drivers who find that they unexpectedly exceed their daily limits can get relief from enforcement of the 30-minute break requirement.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service, Driver Safety
December 16, 2013 - Industry News
Governors of two states has issued emergency declarations, waiving federal hours of service regulations, for some truckers due to cold weather.
Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Maine, South Dakota
The American Trucking Associations and the Minnesota Trucking Association have jointly petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a pilot program to study the effect of increased flexibility in the use of sleeper berth breaks by truck drivers.
Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, Minnesota Trucking Association, Regulations
December 5, 2013 - Industry News
A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on food safety.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress
December 2, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving to fix a longtime problem in its CSA safety enforcement system. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to start including in its CSA database the results of court rulings on carrier challenges of roadside inspection citations.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety & Compliance, SMS
November 26, 2013 - Industry News
The Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents lost a challenge on Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to delay enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new broker bond requirement that takes full effect on Dec. 1.
Tags: FMCSA, Brokers, AIPBA
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Moving Fraud Task Force has shut down five household goods moving companies in Florida, South Carolina and Maryland for holding customer shipments hostage and failing to turn over records related to their investigations.
Tags: FMCSA, Household Goods Movers
November 21, 2013 - Industry News
A recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report shows that motor carriers using the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program are seeing a greater decline in crash rates than those who are not using it.
Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance
November 19, 2013 - Industry News
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Gaines Motor Lines of N.C., along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to compensate four former truck drivers who were fired in violation of federal whistleblower laws.
Tags: FMCSA, drivers, OSHA, Fleets, Safety and Compliance
November 18, 2013 - Industry News
The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new hours-of-service rules that went into effect July 1.
Tags: FMCSA, drivers, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI, Fleets
November 7, 2013 - Industry News
UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, ATA
November 5, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Cherryville, N.C.-based trucking company, to immediately cease operations, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CDL, Drug Testing
November 4, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is test-driving an improved version of its Safety Measurement System website.
Tags: FMCSA, CSA, SMS, Safety and Compliance
October 31, 2013 - Industry News
Newly released figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show an increase in the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes over the past year, but there are improvements when compared to longer time periods.
Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Highway Fatalities, Safety and Compliance
Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.
Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Congress, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT
A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.
Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance
October 28, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a rest-break exemption from the hours-of-service rules to carriers serving the Department of Defense.
Tags: FMCSA, Department of Defense, HOS
October 25, 2013 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration named three truck drivers as imminent hazards for separate crashes in which people were either killed or seriously injured.
Tags: FMCSA, imminent hazard
October 24, 2013 - Industry News
A man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Mass with trying to bribe a federal safety investigator in order to avoid negative findings on a safety review of his motor carrier company, but has already decided to pled guilty to avoid a lesser sentence.
Tags: FMCSA, Safety and Compliance, Litigation, Crime
Since the new hour of service rules implementation on July 1, the fleet Schneider National says it has seen a 3.1% drop in productivity on solo shipments and a 4.3% decline on team shipments.
Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Hours of Service, Fleets, Schneider National
The owners of an Alabama trucking company have been sentenced for their roles in running a “chameleon carrier.”
Tags: FMCSA, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Litigation
October 23, 2013 - Industry News
Deborah Hersman has been officially sworn in for a third two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Serving as chairman since 2009, Hersman was nominated for a third term by President Barack Obama on Aug. 1, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate Oct. 16.
Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, NTSB, U.S. DOT, Safety and Compliance
October 8, 2013 - Industry News
It notes that all companies under FMCSA jurisdiction are required to perform the update every two years as part of the new Unified Registration System...
Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Fleets, Owner-Operators
October 6, 2013 - Industry News
Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.
Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Congress, Sleep Apnea
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