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June 2, 2014

Trucking Alliance Pushes Plan to Study 34-Hour Restart

Congress is considering a plan to study the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule using data collected by electronic logs. This approach is being suggested by the Trucking Alliance and other groups to counter the effort by American Trucking Associations to have Congress cut off funds for enforcement of the restart provision.

May 29, 2014

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

May 28, 2014

Defense Department Needs to Step Up Hazmat Controls, GAO Says

The Department of Defense needs to do a better job handling hazardous materials, says the Government Accountability Office. Hazmat shipments have been improperly documented and packaged, leading to delays and risks to safety and national security, the watchdog agency found.

May 28, 2014

Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy. The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday, June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

May 22, 2014

ATA Seeks Hours Exemption for Drivers Serving Oil, Gas Wells

American Trucking Associations is seeking an exemption from the hours-of-service rule for drivers serving natural gas or oil wells.

May 21, 2014

ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.

May 21, 2014

Drivers Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding the trucking industry Wednesday marks the start of new regulations requiring that all U.S. DOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

May 20, 2014

Colorado Household Mover Sentenced for Fraud

The owner of a Colorado-based moving company was sentenced earlier this month to nearly three years home confinement following him pleading guilty last year to charges of defrauding customers.

May 16, 2014

OOIDA Refutes Recent Electronic Logging Device Study

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association responded with criticism on Friday to a recent study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which claims that electronic logging devices would lower truck crash rates.

May 16, 2014

ATA Wants More Time for Medical Examiners

American Trucking Associations asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a 6-month delay in the start date for the medical examiner registry.

May 15, 2014

An Extra Month for Electronic Logging Comments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing an extra month for comments on its proposed electronic logging rule. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, representing state police and other enforcement interests, had asked the agency for the one-month extension.

May 15, 2014

Controversial Trucking Interest Group Founder Honored by Obama Administration

The founder of a polarizing trucking interest group was among 11 people honored by the White House earlier this week as a “2014 Transportation Champion of Change.”

May 14, 2014

FMCSA Proposes Coercion Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing rules to protect drivers from coercion by their employers, shippers, receivers or brokers. The rules are aimed in particular at preventing abuse concerning driver hours of service, the commercial drivers license, drug and alcohol rules and hazardous materials rules.

May 13, 2014

FMCSA Suspends Company, Owner from Drug Screening Services

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration early this month suspended a company and its owner from providing drug testing screening services.

May 12, 2014

Carriers Air Concerns about Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

There’s a big loophole in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse, according to transportation and enforcement interests.

May 9, 2014

FMCSA: Test Shows Significant Safety Benefit from Electronic Logs

Trucks equipped with electronic driver logs have significantly lower crash rates than those without, according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration test.

May 7, 2014

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

The to-and-fro over highway funding continued in the Senate Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx politely deflecting Sen. John Thune’s attempt to get the Obama administration to say it would accept a fuel tax increase.

May 5, 2014

Commercial Driver Seat Belt Use Hits Record High

The Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Survey shows that the overall safety belt usage rate for drivers of all medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses rose from 78% in 2010 to new high of 84% in 2013

May 2, 2014

Roadcheck Truck Inspection Blitz Set for June 3-5

It is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.

May 1, 2014

FMCSA Coercion Proposal Clears OMB

The White House Office of Management and Budget has cleared a proposal to prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. OMB sent the proposal back to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, typically a signal that a Federal Register notice is pending.

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