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December 18, 2013

Smart Roads, Smart Vehicles

Intelligent highways, smart vehicles, connected transportation systems – sounds like the stuff of the future. In reality, though, many technologies currently found on our roadways reflect that future. In many cases they will be integral components of an intelligent transportation system. And the most important piece of technology might be the one most everyone now carries in their pocket, purse or backpack.

December 17, 2013

DAT Analyst Sees Truckload Rates Reflecting Hours Rule

Truckload carriers are raising their rates to cover increased costs from the new hours-of service rule, but not enough to keep up with the estimated loss of productivity, says Mark Montague of DAT, the load matching and analytic services company.

December 16, 2013

Two More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Governors of two states has issued emergency declarations, waiving federal hours of service regulations, for some truckers due to cold weather.

December 16, 2013

ATA, Minnesota Trucking Association Request Sleeper Berth Pilot Project

The American Trucking Associations and the Minnesota Trucking Association have jointly petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a pilot program to study the effect of increased flexibility in the use of sleeper berth breaks by truck drivers.

December 16, 2013

Bendix AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System Retains Regulatory Compliance

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has received a regulatory two-year exemption extension for its AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System, retaining the technology’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration compliance.

December 12, 2013

HOS Exemptions Issued for North Dakota and Minnesota

An emergency order has been issued in North Dakota for truckers delivering diesel fuel. The move by Gov. Jack Dalrymple is in response to colder-than-normal temperatures leading to extremely low supplies of diesel.

December 12, 2013

Bond Fallout Could Mean One-Third Fewer Brokers in 2014

The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of 8,180 brokers since Dec. 2, the date the federal agency began revoking authority from brokers without a $75,000 bond.

December 6, 2013

FMCSA Revokes Around 2,000 Freight Broker Licenses

UPDATED -- Nearly 10% of the nation’s freight brokers no longer have their licenses following new federal regulations that took effect requiring a higher bonding amount, while another source says the number is even higher.

December 5, 2013

Senator Urges FMCSA to Act on Food Safety

A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on food safety.

December 2, 2013

FMCSA Considers More Exemptions from Hearing Regulation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.

December 2, 2013

FMCSA Moves to Fix CSA Data Problem

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving to fix a longtime problem in its CSA safety enforcement system. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to start including in its CSA database the results of court rulings on carrier challenges of roadside inspection citations.

November 26, 2013

Group Loses Appeal to Stop Broker Bond Hike

The Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents lost a challenge on Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to delay enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new broker bond requirement that takes full effect on Dec. 1.

November 26, 2013

FMCSA’s Moving Fraud Task Force Shuts Down Five Companies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Moving Fraud Task Force has shut down five household goods moving companies in Florida, South Carolina and Maryland for holding customer shipments hostage and failing to turn over records related to their investigations.

November 21, 2013

Little Common Ground at Restart Hearing

The subject at Thursday’s House hearing was truck driver hours-of-service regulations, but the target was federal regulation of business. Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, testified that the 34-hour restart provision of the rule will save an estimated 19 lives a year.

November 21, 2013

FMCSA Study Says PSP Program Lowering Crash and Driver OOS Numbers

A recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report shows that motor carriers using the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program are seeing a greater decline in crash rates than those who are not using it.

November 20, 2013

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

November 19, 2013

OSHA Levies $1 Million Fine Against Carrier for Firing Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Gaines Motor Lines of N.C., along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to compensate four former truck drivers who were fired in violation of federal whistleblower laws.

November 18, 2013

Study: New HOS Rules Result in Productivity Losses

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new hours-of-service rules that went into effect July 1.

November 14, 2013

House Panel Sets Hours-of-Service Hearing

A House subcommittee will hold a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule next week. The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce of the Small Business Committee will question Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the rule.

November 10, 2013

FMCSA Releases Study Outlining Opportunities for Returning Veterans

A new study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommended a series of regulatory changes to further ease the transition of military personnel and veterans into much-needed civilian jobs driving commercial motor vehicles.

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