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December 26, 2013

FMCSA Looking for Ideas on New Entrant Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled a public listening session on how to test the trucking knowledge of would-be carriers, brokers and freight forwarders.

December 26, 2013

Brokers, Freight Forwarders Seek Relief from Bond

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on requests to exempt brokers and some freight forwarders from the new $75,000 bond requirement.

December 20, 2013

FMCSA Plans Sleeper Berth Test

UPDATED (2) -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on a field test of alternatives to the current sleeper berth rule.

December 20, 2013

More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Emergency hauling declarations, suspending hours of service rules for truck drivers, are piling up across the nation.

December 20, 2013

FMCSA Extends Comment Period for Proposed CSA/SMS Website Changes

The website has come under fire by some trucking groups over what they believe are misrepresentations on the site when it comes to safety records and actual carrier performance.

December 20, 2013

Study: New HOS Rules Could Mean Higher Consumer Costs

New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service regulations for truckers could mean increased costs for consumers, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute.

December 18, 2013

FHWA Chooses Configurations for Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration will look at eight types of tractor-trailer combinations in its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights.

December 18, 2013

FMCSA Considers Changing Driver Vision Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to ease its standards for granting exemptions to driver vision requirements.

December 18, 2013

FMCSA Eases Enforcement of Break Requirement for Short-Haul Drivers

Short-haul drivers who find that they unexpectedly exceed their daily limits can get relief from enforcement of the 30-minute break requirement.

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.

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