Safety & Compliance

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June 23, 2014

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

June 19, 2014

Senate Halts Debate on HOS Restart Provision

Partisan differences halted Senate debate on an appropriations bill that includes a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. As the debate began, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced an amendment that would change Sen. Susan Collins’s provision calling for suspension of the restart and a study of its impact.

June 19, 2014

Court Upholds Firing of Alcoholic Truck Driver

Lawyers for Sakari Jarvela claimed the company violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and other federal law, after he was diagnosed with alcoholism in 2010.

June 19, 2014

NTSB: Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Was Speeding

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report of its investigation into the June 7 truck crash that severely injured celebrity Tracy Morgan along with killing one person, showing the truck driver was traveling well beyond the posted speed limit.

June 11, 2014

NTSB Releases Documents in I-5 Bridge Collapse Ahead of Final Report

As part of its continuing investigation into the collapse of an interstate highway bridge in Washington State last year, the National Transportation Safety Board opened the public accident docket on Wednesday, releasing over 2,000 pages of documents.

June 11, 2014

Teamsters Push Back Against 34-Hour Restart Change Following Morgan Crash

In a letter to U.S. House of Representatives members sent this week, Teamsters Union President James Hoffa denounced two potential amendments to legislation saying they will weaken highway safety standards by putting fatigued drivers on the road in bigger, heavier trucks.

June 10, 2014

Missouri Expands Parking at I-70 Location

The westbound truck parking facility at Mineola, Mo., located at mile marker 170 on Interstate 70, opened this week for commercial vehicles with an additional 40 spaces bringing the total number of parking spots to 64.

May 30, 2014

New Fee Structure for Pennsylvania Permits Starting July 1

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will implement a new fee structure will be enacted July 1 for all types of permits, ranging from single trip/overdimensional, overweight, to annuals and seasonal permits, according to the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.

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 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

Verizon, J.J. Keller Developing New Electronic Compliance System

Verizon Networkfleet and J.J. Keller & Associates have reached an agreement to develop the trucking industry’s first integrated, GPS fleet management solution, which will provide complete performance and compliance management.

May 20, 2014

Third Lawsuit Filed Over FedEx Freight-Bus Crash

The family of a Los Angeles student killed last month when the charter bus he was in was hit by a FedEx Freight truck in Orland, Calif., is filing a wrongful death lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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

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 13, 2014

How to avoid 6 common CSA violations

Let’s examine the top three CSA violations for both vehicles and drivers across the industry and discuss practices that can help bring the numbers down.

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.

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