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August 26, 2013

Woman Faces Multiple Charges Over Drug Test Results

A federal grand jury returned a 25-count indictment, charging a California woman for falsifying commercial driver drug test results.

August 19, 2013

Court Will Hear Brokers' CSA Challenge in September

Freight brokers will air their case against the CSA safety enforcement program in court next month, with allegations that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrration is putting its safety credentialing responsibility into the hands of brokers and shippers.

July 24, 2013

Answers to Your Questions About the New Hours of Service Rules

Since the new hours-of-service rules went into effect July 1, there have been many questions asked of experts both inside and outside of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration related to the new rules. This article looks at some of the more frequently asked questions.

July 23, 2013

DOT Report Says to Expect Three FMCSA Proposals Soon

The U.S. Transportation Department has released its semi-annual regulatory agenda summarizing of all current and projected rulemakings. On the near-term agenda are a drug and alcohol testing database, no-defect DVIRs and electronic driver logs.

July 10, 2013

FMCSA Outlines Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan to develop the system, contingent on getting its other work done and obtaining the resources for the job.

July 8, 2013

FMCSA Grants 30-Minute Break Waiver to Livestock Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday is expected to publish its granting of a limited 90-day waiver from the 30-minute rest break provision of the federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for the transportation of livestock.

June 5, 2013

NTSB Says Straight-Truck Safety Needs More Attention

The National Transportation Safety Board says the government should consider making medium-duty straight truck drivers get a commercial driver's license, following a five-year study that found these trucks were involved in a disproportionate number of fatalities.

May 20, 2013

FMCSA Plans to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if no Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

May 16, 2013

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.

April 24, 2013

Increased Penalties Take Effect for Knowingly Violating Hazmat Regs

The DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced that increased maximum civil penalties are now in effect for violations of federal hazardous materials transportation regulations that lead to death, serious injuries or extensive property damage.

April 5, 2013

Next on the Distracted-Driving Hit List: Google Glass?

I'm wondering, has Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seen this video showing how the new Google Glass product is supposed to work? Because I'm pretty sure he might have something to say about Google Glass and distracted driving.

December 20, 2012

GHG-14 Whatever

After finishing a feature story for the January issue of Heavy Duty Trucking about the pending GHG14 rules, I'm more convinced than ever that this burdensome regulation is unadulterated politics, and will get industry nothing we wouldn't have got already -- for way less money

November 8, 2011

HOS, windmills, dropped balls and the DOT

What do the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have in common -- aside from coming under the purview of the Department of Transportation? They both apparently have a penchant for dropping the ball on rulemaking

October 2, 2011

Can EOBRs be hacked, or their data corrupted?

One of the tenets of our legal system is the right to cross-examine your accuser. From trucking's perspective, this could mean proving the accuracy of a radar device or a DOT scale by demanding proof of calibration. Will we retain that right in the world of cyber-enforcement

June 30, 2011

Trailers do their share to meet stopping-distance requirements, now and soon to come

In three weeks' time, new, shorter federal stopping distance limits go into effect for three-axle tractors, most of them over-the-road power units that pull semitrailers

June 12, 2011

Deadline for CARB trailer rules is imminent; skirts, other aero improves might be needed

Many fleets operating in California have until July 1 to tell the state's Air Resources Board how they will equip their box-type trailers with fuel-saving devices

May 18, 2011

Driver delays: somebody has to pay

The American Trucking Associations released a statement Wednesday saying it would not support regulating driver detention times as proposed in HR 756, a bill recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR.

December 27, 2010

And They Wonder Why We're Cynical

For all the fretting and hand-wringing, and for the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on listening sessions and research and fact finding, what we got from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 23 is a farce disguised as a proposed hours of service rule

November 29, 2010

Stuck in Third Gear

In the final days or maybe hours until FMCSA's latest hours of service proposal is revealed, I'm more than a little taken aback by comments I'm hearing from some drivers. More than a few drivers think that an eight-hour driving day would be fine.

October 26, 2010

Fuel Economy Regs: What's the Point?

Just curious here: What is it the EPA and NHTSA believe they can accomplish by regulating fuel efficiency standards that the market isn't already doing, or wouldn't do if the economic argument made sense


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