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October 30, 2014

FMCSA Art Contest Promotes Seatbelt Safety

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.

October 29, 2014

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

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.

October 28, 2014

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

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.

October 28, 2014

Sleeper Pilot Program on Track for 2016

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.

October 24, 2014

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

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.

October 22, 2014

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

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.

October 21, 2014

FMCSA Awards $1 Million in Grants for Training Veterans as Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday said it awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train nearly 400 returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

October 21, 2014

FMCSA Clarifies Home Heating Emergency Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration clarified its rule for tank carriers providing service in a home heating emergency.

October 15, 2014

FMCSA Reaches Final Phase of Wireless Inspection Project

The FMCSA reached the final phase of its Wireless Roadside Inspection project , a program testing the viability of wirelessly transmitted vehicle inspections.

October 15, 2014

FMCSA’s Mexico Decision Draws Opposition, Support

Owner-operator and labor groups registered their objections to the decision this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to grant normal status to Mexican carriers that had been operating under a pilot program.

October 14, 2014

FMCSA Ends Cross-Border Pilot, Grants Authority to Mexican Carriers

A three-year pilot program testing the safety of cross-border trucking between the U.S. and Mexico is ending, and the Mexican truck lines that have been providing long-distance, cross-border service under that pilot program will move to normal operating status. HDT Washington Editor Oliver Patton has the details.

October 13, 2014

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

October 10, 2014

Haz-Mat Carrier Loses FMCSA Appeal

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.

October 10, 2014

Operation Safe Driver Week Increases Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors for Operation Safe Driver Week, a week-long event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

October 5, 2014

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Lays Out 2015 Priorities at ATA

SAN DIEGO – Even though next year is still about three months away, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set some priorities for 2015, including electronic logs and "inspection modernization."

October 3, 2014

FMCSA Clarifies Rule on Hearing-Impaired Drivers

Safety rules say that truck drivers must be able to adequately read and speak English, but that does not mean that hearing-impaired drivers who do not speak are barred from driving, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

October 2, 2014

Truckers Ask for Transparency on Border Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be transparent about its findings and conclusions on a failed border crossing program that ended this year.

September 24, 2014

FMCSA Makes Changes to SMS Website to Improve User Experience

An FMCSA representative offers a guide to the changes in the website that hosts and displays safety information under the government's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program plus a rules update at TMW's annual user conference.

September 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Congressman Offers Bill to Shield CSA Data

The industry’s effort to shut off public access to truck safety data continues with a proposal by Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., to temporarily shield the information. The Safer Trucks and Buses Act says CSA data should not be available to the public.

September 19, 2014

Advocates, Teamsters Sue for Training Rule

Safety advocates and the Teamsters union are suing to force the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue truck driver training rules. The suit comes just a month after the agency launched an attempt to negotiate a rule because it has not been able to draft a rule that would be accepted by all the parties.

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