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February 20, 2014

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to plug some holes in the regulatory net with its proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The clearinghouse, which has been on the safety wish list for 15 years, is designed to prevent commercial drivers from hiding drug or alcohol violations and ensure that carriers are meeting their responsibility to test for substance abuse.

February 17, 2014

J.J. Keller Launches FMCSA Compliance Manual

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. announced that it has developed the FMCSA Compliance Manual. For 35 years, J. J. Keller’s Fleet Safety Compliance Manual helped make DOT compliance less taxing for transportation professionals. Now, the company has re-launched the manual as the FMCSA Compliance Manual, with a completely redesigned and reorganized format to make compliance even easier.

February 16, 2014

Arbitration Action Filed Against U.S. Over Mexican Trucking

Mexico’s biggest trucking association has filed a $30 billion dollar arbitration claim against the United States for refusing to fully open the country to trucks from south of the border, as called for in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

February 12, 2014

FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.

February 12, 2014

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Drivers

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license holders.

February 12, 2014

Trucker Ordered Off the Road by FMCSA Following Fatal Crash

Following a Jan. 27 crash killing an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injuring an Illinois State Police trooper, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Illinois-licensed truck driver Renato V. Velasquez to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

February 11, 2014

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.

February 11, 2014

FMCSA Pulls Authority of Carrier in Long-Haul Mexico Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the authority of one of 14 Mexico-based trucking companies it approved earlier to run in its long-haul cross-border program.

February 10, 2014

Freight Broker Bond Company Owner Indicted

The owner of a freight broker bond company was indicted in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, Calif. late last month in connection with a trust fund scheme.

February 10, 2014

Man Pleads Guilty to Helping to Violate Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to federal charges filed last year charging he helped violate an out-of-service order, according to the U.S. Transportation Department’s Inspector General.

February 7, 2014

FMCSA Yanks Two Drivers and Company from the Road

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered two drivers and one trucking to seek life outside of the trucking industry following what it describes as some dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

February 6, 2014

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declarations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended state and regional emergency declarations it issued earlier for certain deliveries of propane and other home heating fuels.

February 5, 2014

FMCSA Says Separate Study Confirms CSA Effectiveness, ATA Balks

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claims a new study confirms its Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced.

February 4, 2014

GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program has been successful in some respects but needs improvements, says the Government Accountability Office. CSA has helped the agency expand its reach, among other benefits, but because of data shortcomings it is not as strong a predictor of crash risk as it could be, the watchdog agency said.

January 30, 2014

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

January 30, 2014

FMCSA Expands Cold Weather Emergency Declarations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has expanded emergency declarations it issued earlier this month, waiving enforcement of some federal regulations for certain movements of propane and other home heating fuels due to shortages

January 30, 2014

Field Study Proves Benefit of Restart Rule, FMCSA Says

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours-of-service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Motor Safety Administration reports.

January 29, 2014

Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Police and roadside inspectors are calling for changes in how the Department of Transportation administers the truck safety program. At a hearing Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Thomas Fuller, a sergeant in the New York State Police, outlined what the enforcement community wants in the next highway bill.

January 28, 2014

Study: Plenty of Drivers and Enforcement Officers Still Don’t Understand CSA

The American Transportation Research Institute has released a new white paper showing a majority of the nation’s truck drivers do not have an understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety and Accountability program. CSA was rolled out nationally just over three years ago

January 28, 2014

Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal Nears Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now one step away from publishing a proposal to create a national database containing driver drug and alcohol test results.

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