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April 2, 2014

GAO to Analyze Hours of Service Studies

Transportation leaders in the House are asking the Government Accountability Office to review two studies used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in its hours of service rule.

April 1, 2014

Ferro Discusses Split Sleep Study, CSA, Hours of Service, Electronic Logs at MATS Fleet Forum

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- While encouraging audience members to file their comments on recently proposed legislation for mandatory electronic logs and the agency's research into new-entrant requirements, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro last week also noted that the agency is going ahead with a pilot study of split sleep.

April 1, 2014

FMCSA Shuts Down Texas Trucking Company Over Safety Concerns

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the operating authority trucking company on Tuesday, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety, for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers and the motoring public at risk.

March 31, 2014

Listening Session Draws Ideas for New-Entrant Requirements

MATS, LOUISVILLE – There were a variety of suggestions from industry players on how to implement a new-entrant testing system Friday during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's public listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

March 27, 2014

ELD Proposal Open for Comments

The clock has started for comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate. The proposal will be published in the Federal Register Friday March 28, starting a two-month period when the agency will accept comments.

March 25, 2014

FMCSA Field-Testing Wireless Roadside Inspection System

Safety regulators envision a time when they can automatically collect the information they need about trucks, drivers and carriers as the truck goes about its business on the highway. That time may not be too far away. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a field test designed to prove that a national wireless roadside inspection system will work.

March 25, 2014

Preview of the Mid-America Trucking Show This Week

Many trucking journalists and trucking professionals are headed to Louisville, Ky., this week for the Mid-America Trucking Show, which has officially sold out. Editors from Heavy Duty Trucking will be covering the event and we will be reporting on what's happening at the show.

March 19, 2014

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Operations in Iowa and Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has ordered the immediate shut-down of two trucking operations carriers, each for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers and the public at risk.

March 19, 2014

FMCSA Changes Truck-Trailer Weight Definition

In a move to clarify enforcement practices, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is changing the definition of weight in single-unit trucks that are towing a trailer.

March 17, 2014

Fate of Propane Waivers Bill Rests with President Obama

Late last week the Senate unanimously approved H.R. 4076, which extends these waivers through the end of May.

March 17, 2014

The FMCSA, OSHA, EEOC & You

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety, Compliance and Accountability enforcement program is one of the major legal and regulatory issues facing trucking companies, but it’s not the only one, as a veritable alphabet soup’s worth of agencies target the industry.

March 17, 2014

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

March 17, 2014

Video: Are ELDs a Driver Harassment Device or a Critical Safety and Compliance Tool?

This pro-electronic-log video from The Trucking Alliance talks to fleet management and drivers about the benefits of electronic logging devices, or ELDs. The video was posted in January, but with last week's unveiling of the actual ELD proposal, it's worth another look.

March 13, 2014

Electronic Log Proposal Takes on Long-Standing Issues

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate, unveiled Thursday, takes on a broad range of issues that have dogged the 15-year effort to draft a rule. HDT's Oliver Patton reports on what's in the 256-page proposal that would require drivers who fill out paper logs to eventually switch to electronic logging devices, or ELDs.

March 13, 2014

FMCSA Proposes Electronic Logbook Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just unveiled its proposal for mandatory electronic logbooks, or "Electronic Logging Devices," for interstate commercial truck and bus drivers.

March 12, 2014

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

March 12, 2014

Proposed ELog Mandate Nears Publication

The long-awaited proposal to require electronic logging devices is close to publication. The White House Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday cleared the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and sent it back to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for publication.

March 10, 2014

FMCSA Sets Time for MATS Hearing on New Entrant Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set the time for a listening session it announced earlier for this year’s Mid America Trucking Show, which is later this month.

March 7, 2014

CSA Program Improving But More Changes Needed, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making progress on improving its CSA safety enforcement program, but it needs to step up the pace, says the Transportation Department Inspector General in a new report.

March 3, 2014

Emergency Hauling Declarations Extended Once Again

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regional offices have once again extended emergency declarations waiving certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

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