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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.

September 18, 2014

Another Call to Hide CSA Data from Public

A group of brokers and other trucking interests have added to the call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In a September 17 letter, the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation and nine other groups asked Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to draw a curtain over the scores.

September 18, 2014

Small Carrier Ordered Closed Following FMCSA Investigation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Grand Ridge, Florida-based trucking company to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

September 18, 2014

Trucking Company Challenging FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

One trucking company is challenging an out-of-service order it received in August from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following a fatal accident.

September 11, 2014

House Prepares Short-Term Appropriations Bill Without 34-Hour Restart Provision

The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

September 8, 2014

FMCSA Extends New-Applicant Screening Test

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending its test of a new approach to screening new entrants into trucking. It also is adjusting how the screening process works.

September 8, 2014

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

September 2, 2014

FMCSA's Deborah Freund Dead at 57

A driving force behind trucking safety at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Deborah M. "Debbie" Freund, died Thursday of metastatic breast cancer.

August 29, 2014

FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a study of the relationship between safety and driver pay. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to see if there is a connection between industry pay practices and safe driving.

August 27, 2014

FMCSA Installs DataQs Fix

Carriers and drivers can now get a violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it. Under a system that went live August 23, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s DataQs portal.

August 26, 2014

Industry Pushes to Hide CSA Data from Public, FMCSA Responds

UPDATED -- A coalition of industry groups is putting pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In an August 22 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, American Trucking Associations and 10 other groups said the scores are not likely to provide an accurate assessment of a carrier’s safety.

August 22, 2014

FMCSA Names Acting Administrator

As Anne Ferro wraps up her time as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, the agency has named the agency's chief counsel, Scott Darling, to serve as acting administrator until a permanent administrator can be named.

August 19, 2014

FMCSA Proposes to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking another swing at a driver training rule, this time suggesting negotiations to resolve details that sidelined an earlier proposal.

August 18, 2014

Shippers Air Concerns about Driver Coercion Proposal

Federal truck safety regulations are venturing into new territory with a proposal to protect drivers from coercion, igniting concerns among shippers and others about how the rule will affect them.

August 14, 2014

Ferro Farewell Focuses on Need to Spread Safety Burden

Anne Ferro’s departing message is that the cost of truck and bus safety needs to be distributed more evenly through the supply chain. Too much of the burden falls on drivers who are not paid for all the time they work, said Ferro in an exit interview Thursday with a number of reporters.

August 14, 2014

FMCSA Employee Sentenced to Prison over Phony Tax Returns

A former financial management specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sentenced to prison late last month in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland.

August 8, 2014

FMCSA Suspends Authority of Company for Not Allowing Access to Records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the operating authority of a single-truck motor carrier after it refused to provide access to company records for an investigation following a highly publicized fatal crash in the Chicago area.

July 29, 2014

Trucking Lost Faith in Anne Ferro — But Replacement Could Be Worse

Trucker-turned-editor Jim Park gives his perspective of Anne Ferro's tenure as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — and some chilling thoughts about her potential replacement — in his "On the Road" blog.

July 28, 2014

Ferro Presided Over Landmark Safety Rules

Anne Ferro, who will step down as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration next month, served as administrator during a period of great consequence for truck safety. Washington Editor Oliver Patton takes a look at what she has presided over in her almost five years in the post, as well as early industry reaction to her upcoming departure.

July 28, 2014

DOT Expands Veterans Assistance Program for Commercial Driver Positions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that its waiver program that helps experienced veterans and active duty personnel transition into commercial truck and bus drivers positions has been expanded.

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