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June 25, 2013

How Safety Audits Apply to New Owner-Operators

If you decide to get your own DOT number and strike out on your own, one regulatory requirement you will need to be aware of is the “new-entrant safety audit.” What do you need to know to get over this hurdle?

June 20, 2013

Two Indicted For Ignoring FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

If anyone thinks the FMCSA is not serious about trucking and bus companies staying off the road after it has ordered them to shut down, due to safety concerns, you only need to look as far as what has happened to one operation and two individuals who have been indicted.

June 20, 2013

HOS Log: A Two-Day Trip Becomes a Three-Day Trip

How will the new hours of service rules affect typical 1,000-mile hauls? A few of the new rules can make the timing of a driver's on-duty hours critical to a successful trip. For example, the lane from Chicago to Houston, typically a two-day trip, could be tricky under the new HOS rules.

June 19, 2013

Ready for New HOS Enforcement on July 1st?

Draw a big, red circle around July 1 on your calendar. That's the date when the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration will officially begin enforcing the new hours of service regulations for all commercial motor vehicles that are involved in interstate commerce.

June 18, 2013

"Somewhat Contentious" Hearing on Hours of Service, EOBRs Also Discussed

The hearing by the House Highways Subcommittee offered the major contenders in the perpetual HOS wars a chance to air their complaints, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration the chance to defend itself.

June 18, 2013

FMCSA Again Orders Colorado Trucking Company to Shut Down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Commerce City, Colo.-based E & K Trucking to immediately cease its trucking operations, declaring the company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

June 18, 2013

EOBR/ELD Proposal Advances from FMCSA to DOT Secretary’s Office

No matter if you call them electronic on-board recorders, electronic logging devices, or black boxes, a proposal to mandate their use is slowly winding its was through the bureaucratic hands of the federal government, putting it closer to publication.

June 18, 2013

ATA Critical of New Hours-of-Service During Congressional Hearing

In testimony today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s panel on highways and transit, Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA, said changes to federal hours-of-service rules, set to take effect July 1, are costly and unsupported by data or research.

June 17, 2013

New Research Claims Flaws in HOS Restart Benefit

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its assessment of the regulatory impact analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to justify changes to the 34-hour restart provision, scheduled to take effect July 1.

June 14, 2013

New Hours-of-Service: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

The clock is ticking down toward July 1, when truck drivers and carriers must comply with new hours-of-service rules, but a lot of questions about them remain. Below is an outline of the rules and some frequently asked questions, courtesy of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association.

June 6, 2013

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

June 5, 2013

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Pilot Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest organization in the U.S. representing the rights of professional truck drivers, filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico on Monday, June 3.

June 4, 2013

Oklahoma and Missouri Waivers Added to Growing List from FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended a regional emergency in areas of Oklahoma affected by a series of tornados that hit the area as early as May 18.

June 3, 2013

Teamsters Again Challenging Mexican Truck Program

The Teamsters Union, along with the Sierra Club, on Monday asked for a rehearing on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Transportation's long-haul cross-border trucking program.

June 3, 2013

Fleet Safety Conference Includes CSA Updates

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature two sessions devoted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

May 29, 2013

FMCSA's CSA and Motorcoach HOS Subcommittees to Meet in June

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability and Motorcoach Hours of Service subcommittees have set a meeting for next month.

May 28, 2013

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

May 24, 2013

FMCSA Shutters Colorado Trucking Company

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Colorado-based trucking company to end all interstate operations after it discovered flagrant violations of license, hours of service and drug testing regulations and equipment so unsafe it was impounded by state police. It's just the latest in a string increasingly frequent such actions by the FMCSA.

May 24, 2013

OOIDA Files Second Lawsuit Against FMCSA Over Safety Records

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a second complaint with the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding its safety records and the DataQ appeal process.

May 24, 2013

Guest Editorial: Did you hear the one about the FMCSA?

This financial advisor walks into a meeting of people who advise the federal government when it comes to safety policy involving trucks and says he's in favor of speed limiters... This may sound like the beginning of a joke, however, it's anything but funny.

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