March 17, 2014
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.
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 13, 2014
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 12, 2014
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.
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 6, 2014
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.82 for January reflects a very positive environment for truckers in early 2014. FTR expects the index to remain high as regulatory drag keeps capacity tight.
February 28, 2014
At our company, it’s annual review time. Part of the process involves setting goals for the coming year, which are supposed to be “attainable with a stretch” – challenging, but reachable.
February 17, 2014
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.
January 30, 2014
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.
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 24, 2014
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.
January 16, 2014
Transport Capital Partners fourth-quarter survey results show new hours-of-service impacting productivity, carriers expecting wages to climb, and more entry-level drivers to be sought by fleets.
January 15, 2014
Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?
January 10, 2014
The fourth-quarter Transport Capital Partners survey finds a large majority of carriers expecting to grow capacity, and many moving to replace their aging vehicles.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one step closer to proposing a rule that would prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. The proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before publication.
January 8, 2014
With Congress returning to Washington this week, leaders of American Trucking Associations called on lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to take several steps to improve the nation’s economy and make our highways safer.
January 7, 2014
As the year drew to a close, we looked back on the last 12 months, identifying the high points and low points, our challenges and triumphs, and hopefully, what we learned.
January 6, 2014
Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.
I hate rules, but there’s one I like, namely the ban on cell-phone use while driving. It’s a long way from universal state to state, but New York has just gotten very tough indeed on truck-driver use of cellular tools, and that’s fine by me.
December 20, 2013
Sen. Kelley Ayotte, R-N.H., has introduced companion legislation to the House bill aimed at suspending the 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule.
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