Safety & Compliance


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March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Service Accused of Coercing Fleets into Paying Fake Fees Agrees to Settle

The accused allegedly took more than $19 million from small trucking businesses by creating the false impression that they were affiliated with U.S. DOT, the UCR system, or another government agency.

The operators of an online registration service for carriers have agreed to settle with the FTC for $900,000 over charges that they impersonated and falsely claimed affiliation with government agencies to trick fleets into paying them for UCR registration.

Tags: Lawsuits, FTC, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Settlement

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

ACOFAS Presentation to Teach Technicians About DOT Inspections

ACOFAS is offering training for technicians on DOT vehicle inspection compliance. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACOFAS is offering a presentation demonstrating and educating technicians on how to properly inspect a vehicle.

Tags: Technician Training, U.S. DOT, Technicians, Vehicle Inspections

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 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

January 22, 2018 - Industry News

Intelligent Intersection Tech Coming to Columbus

Image courtesy of Continental.

Continental will install its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technology to help prevent intersection crashes.  

Tags: Continental, City of Columbus, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Connected Vehicle Technology, U.S. DOT, Safety, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Zonar Lists Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads for Truckers

Fleet management technology provider Zonar has created a graphic of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the U.S. for truck drivers, based on information from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Highway Safety, Zonar, U.S. DOT, Accidents, Holiday Driving, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

Seat belt use by truck and  bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Tags: Driver Safety, Seat Belts, U.S. DOT, FCMSA

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

Tags: Drug Testing, Drugged Driving, U.S. DOT, Opioids, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Moves to Establish Drone Policy

A new drone policy proposed by the Trump Administration allows drone operations up to 200 feet above ground or even 400 feet where appropriate. Photo: UPS

The Trump administration issued a memorandum on Oct. 25 directing the Department of Transportation to establish a program in conjunction with state and local governments to regulate drone operation in delivery applications.

Tags: Technology, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Drones, Donald Trump

October 5, 2017 - Product News

AmeriPride Offers First-Aid Kit for Fleet Drivers

Photo courtesy of AmeriPride.

AmeriPride has begun offering a first-aid kit that's designed for vehicle fleets and can be purchased by any company with a fleet, the linen and uniform service provider has announced.

Tags: Drivers, U.S. DOT, NETS, AmeriPride, First-Aid Kits

September 28, 2017 - Product News

Morgan Releases Improved Side Guards

Photo: Morgan Corporation

The new side- and-rear step designs and dent resistant plastic toolboxes are lighter than traditional metal toolboxes.

Tags: Pedestrian Safety, Morgan Corporation, U.S. DOT, Safety, Side Guards

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Executive Order Aims to Speed Infrastructure Projects

According to the White House, President Trump’s Executive Order will make the environmental and permitting processes needed for major infrastructure projects more efficient and effective. Photo: ATA

According to the White House, regulatory red tape routinely holds up major infrastructure projects for years at significant cost to the economy.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Report Rounds Up Truck Parking Solutions

A report on the first year’s activities of the public-private National Coalition on Truck Parking presents suggestions from trucking stakeholders from several regional meetings held in 2016 on how best to address truck-parking problems across the country.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Truck Parking

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

DOT’s Chao Wants Public to Help Cut Infrastructure Red Tape

President Trump making remarks at U.S. DOT headquarters on June 9, 2017, as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao looks on. Photo: U.S. DOT

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has asked the public to comment “on ways to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the nation.”

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Formalizes Regulatory Reform Effort


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

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Jeffrey Rosen Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Jeffrey Rosen Photo via

The Senate has confirmed Jeffrey Rosen as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, serving under Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Carriers and Drivers Express Concern with Medical Examiner Registry

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The American Transportation Research Institute has found that the Medical Examiner Registry is not fixing the problems that fleets and drivers have had with the DOT examination process and may be making them worse.

Tags: Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, U.S. DOT, ATRI, Medical Examiners

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

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

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

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

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. DOT Proposes 4 Opioids for Drug Testing Panel

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation is proposing to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel

Tags: Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

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

Safety Council Head to Advise DOT on Automation

         Deborah Hersman

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman will provide the Department of Transportation counsel on issues related to the use of automation to prevent road deaths.

Tags: National Safety Council, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Pitches Private Infrastructure Investment in Confirmation Hearing

Elaine Chao at her Jan. 11 confirmation hearing. Looking on is her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Screenshot via Senate Commerce Committee

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, Elaine Chao unequivocally signaled her willingness to cooperate with Congress to enact the trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan floated by President-elect Trump if she is indeed confirmed as the next secretary of transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao, U.S. DOT

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to DOT Automation Committee

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking at last year's Managment Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, who has emphasized the need for trucking to have a seat at the table when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automation advisory committee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

October 31, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Declares Volvo Steering Defect Recall 100% Complete

The last of nearly 16,000 trucks voluntarily recalled by Volvo Trucks North America for a steering defect have been identified and repaired, achieving a 100% safety recall completion – a rare occurrence in the world of recalls.

Tags: FMCSA, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Woman Indicted for Impersonating CDL Medical Examiner

A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Penn., has indicted Joann Wingate for wire fraud, submitting false documents and aggravated identity theft for impersonating a commercial driver’s license medical examiner.

Tags: CDL, U.S. DOT, Fraud, Medical Examiners


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