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November 24, 2014

CVSA Joins Push to Hide CSA Data from Public

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.

November 21, 2014

Specialized Carriers Seek Exemption from 30-Minute Break Requirement

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.

November 19, 2014

ELD Rule Planned for September

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates it will post the final electronic logging mandate next September.

November 18, 2014

Movers Seek Exemption from 14-Hour Limit

The International Association of Movers, a global trade association representing van lines and others, asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to let drivers work after the 14th hour in certain circumstances.

November 14, 2014

Three Plead Guilty in Separate Household Goods Moving Cases

Two men pleaded guilty to charges on Nov. 10 in federal court in Philadelphia for conspiracy to commit extortion and aiding and abetting for their role in a household goods moving scheme.

November 13, 2014

Survey: Electronic Logs Don't Lead to More Driver Harassment

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.

November 12, 2014

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

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.

November 12, 2014

FMCSA Publishes New Educational Materials on CSA Program

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.

November 7, 2014

FMCSA Proposes Driver Training Survey

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.

November 4, 2014

OMB Clears Insurance Proposal

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.

October 31, 2014

Trucking Insurance Proposal Under Review

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.

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.

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