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July 20, 2016

FMCSA Delays Online DOT Registration System Implementation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is delaying the implementation of the final stage of its simplified online registration process, called the Unified Registration System.

July 18, 2016

Darling Officially Confirmed as Head of FMCSA

T.F. "Scott" Darling is now officially the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, after running the agency on an interim basis since Anne Ferro left the post in August 2014.

July 14, 2016

CVSA Upbeat on FAST Act Impact on Carrier Safety

As the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association sees it, the FAST Act highway bill included numerous provisions that, once implemented, will improve motor carrier safety.

July 8, 2016

Ohio Eases Way for Deaf or Hearing-Impaired Drivers to Get CDLs

Ohio state agencies have teamed up to develop procedures for deaf or hearing-impaired Ohioans who qualify for a federal hearing-exemption waiver to train and test for obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License.

July 7, 2016

FMCSA Proposes Taking Closer Look at Non-Preventable Crashes

Findings from a proposed demo program could lead FMCSA to allow the removal of certain non-preventable crashes so they do not count against a carrier’s crash-indicator score.

June 27, 2016

Winners Picked for FMCSA’s Seat Belt Art Contest

U.S. Transportation deputy secretary Victor Mendez and FMCSA deputy administrator Daphne Jefferson awarded the top honors in the 2016 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

June 24, 2016

Trucker Declared Imminent Hazard for Alcohol-Related Crash

The FMCSA declared a Tennessee-licensed driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety after reckless driving behavior, related to alcohol consumption, led to two deaths.

June 23, 2016

FMCSA Garners Assist in Court Fight over ELD Rule

The courtroom battle over the validity of the electronic logging device mandate has heated up. An amicus brief filed by two safety advocacy groups backs up FMCSA's defense of its ELD rule against a lawsuit brought by OOIDA that contends the rulemaking is seriously flawed.

June 16, 2016

DOT to Audit Truck Loading and Unloading Delays

The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General has initiated an audit of commercial motor vehicle loading and unloading delays in response to provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act highway bill, which became law late last year.

June 16, 2016

FMCSA Defends ELD Rule Against OOIDA Court Challenge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration forcefully defended its Electronic Logging Device rule in a court brief filed June 15. The filing was in response to a lawsuit brought against the mandate by the Owner Operator Independent Driverws Association.

June 13, 2016

Carrier Shut Down for ‘Blatant Disregard’ of Safety Standards

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Lowell, Mass.-based Flavio Borges Prado to immediately cease operations because of the company’s lack of inspection or maintenance accountability.

June 8, 2016

FMCSA Extends Sleep-Apnea Comment Deadline

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public-comment period on the impact a sleep-apnea rule might have on CMV drivers.

June 6, 2016

FMCSA Rule Requires Passengers to Wear Seat Belts in Large Trucks

Passengers riding in large commercial trucks will soon be required to use seat belts when the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce.

May 19, 2016

HOS Restart Reform Keeps Cranking on Capitol Hill

Updated on May 20: A House Appropriations subcommittee has advanced language to “fix” the Hour of Service rule’s 34-hour restart provisions that goes much further than a measure contained in a bill passed by the full Senate on May 19.

May 17, 2016

Commentary: The Dark Side of Electronic Logging Devices

The law is one thing, company policy another, but the relationship between driver and dispatcher is where reality happens.

May 11, 2016

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory for TYTAL Cargo Tanks

The FMCSA is calling for the repair and inspection of certain cargo tank trailers manufactured by Trailers Y Tanques De Aluminio are not compliant with federal safety standards.

May 2, 2016

Trucking Alliance Opposes HOS Fix in Senate Bill

A coalition of major carriers has come out firmly opposed to language put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee to fix earlier legislative wording that muddied the future status of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule.

April 28, 2016

FMCSA Slates Roundtable on Broker/Forwarder Financial Responsibility

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host what it calls an “informal roundtable” on the financial responsibility of property brokers and freight forwarders. The meeting is part of the agency’s appeal for public comment on this issue.

April 27, 2016

FMCSA to Co-Host Listening Sessions on Sleep Apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will co-host three listening sessions to solicit information on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in the trucking industry.

April 25, 2016

Trucking Regulations in the Pipeline: Update from NPTC

It took him all of an hour and a half, but Rick Schweitzer, general counsel for the National Private Truck Council, gamely managed to get across the key elements of the sweep of regulatory changes coming down the pike for trucking.

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