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December 7, 2016

FMCSA Finally Issues Final Rule on Driver-Training Standards

A very long-awaited final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements was announced on Dec. 7 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

December 2, 2016

FMCSA Approves Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

The long-anticipated final rule to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers has at last been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

November 30, 2016

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Alternative Medical Certification for VA Physicians

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a proposal that would establish an alternative certification process for Department of Veteran’s Affairs physicians to be added it its list of certified medical examiners.

November 18, 2016

ELD Exemption Fever

The initial compliance date for the FMCSA’s final rule known as the ELD mandate is December 18, 2017. Are any of your drivers exempt from the electronic logging device mandate?

November 17, 2016

FMCSA Online Systems to be Down Starting Nov. 17

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has advised that a scheduled outage of its online information systems will take place starting today at 9:00 p.m. EST and extend through Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

November 14, 2016

OOIDA Challenging Rule with Sleep Apnea Referral Requirement

A court challenge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule on medical examiner’s certification integration has been initiated by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

November 11, 2016

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory for Keith Huber Tankers

The FMCSA has issued a safety advisory to owners and operators of DOT407 and DOT412 specification cargo tank motor vehicles manufactured by the defunct Keith Huber Inc.

November 10, 2016

FTR: Trump Impact Minimal in Short Term

Economists with freight transportation forecasting firm FTR are convinced that the election of Donald Trump will not much move any economic needles much for at least six months. Not because the 45th President of the United States won’t accomplish anything right away, but because the wheels of government don’t spin any faster for a new Administration.

November 1, 2016

DOT Extends Speed-Limiter Rule Comment Period

A 30-day extension of the public comment period for a proposed truck speed-limiter rule was announced today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

October 31, 2016

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.

October 28, 2016

Fleets Seek Immediate Hair-Testing Action by FMCSA

Rather than wait for a rulemaking, several major motor carriers have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for exemptions that would allow them to use hair-testing in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers.

October 21, 2016

FMCSA Warns Drivers About Defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The FMCSA has issued a safety advisory to drivers and passengers of commercial vehicles, warning them of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged or defective lithium batteries and the recently recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.

October 18, 2016

FMCSA Awards Nearly $1 Million to Help Train Veterans as Drivers

The FMCSA has awarded close to $1 million in grants to seven technical and community colleges to help train military veterans and their families for jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers.

October 14, 2016

Banned: Driver Who Crashed Truck a Day After Failing Drug Test

A Utah-licensed truck driver has been banned from interstate driving after crashing his truck a day after failing a pre-employment drug test.

October 13, 2016

Sen. Schumer Urges Finalizing Speed-Limiter Rule

Influential Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lent his support to the proposed federal rule that would mandate electronic speed limiters on commercial vehicles during an Oct. 13 campaign stop on Long Island.

October 12, 2016

Speed Limiters Redux

A recent editorial on speed limiters generated a flurry of comments. HDT's Deborah Lockridge shares some of them, and some more thoughts on this controversial issue, in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

October 12, 2016

FMCSA: New Final Rule Eases Way to CDLs for Military Vets

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a final rule that simplifies for current and former military personnel the process for obtaining a Commercial Learner’s Permit or Commercial Driver’s License.

October 7, 2016

Truck Hauling Takata Airbags Explodes, FMCSA Orders Fleet to Cease Operations

FMCSA has ordered Georgia-based trucking company Industrial Transit to cease all interstate and intrastate operations after a truck hauling Takata airbag components exploded, killing a person and leveling a home.

October 6, 2016

FMCSA Website Previews Proposed CSA Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a set of proposed changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and is seeking comment on the proposals via a special website it's set up to show motor carriers how the changes would affect their safety ratings.

October 4, 2016

ATA’s Spear Slams Proposed Speed-Limiter Rule

The president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has bluntly assessed as “dangerous” the key provisions of the proposed federal speed-limiter rule for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

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