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April 15, 2014

Fleet Owner Gets Light Sentence Over Bribing FMCSA Inspector

The owner of a Massachusetts trucking company got far less than the maximum penalty for attempting to bribe a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official.

April 15, 2014

Update Next Month on Federal Truck Size and Weight Limits Study

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is holding a webinar next month to provide an update on the progress of its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study.

April 15, 2014

Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Subcommittee Meeting on CSA Set

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a date of April 29 and 30 has been set for the next meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability subcommittee in Arlington, Va.

April 14, 2014

More than 4,100 Natural Gas Powered Autocar Trucks Recalled

Autocar is recalling 4,100 model year 2008-2014 ACX, WX, and WXLL vehicles manufactured July 30, 2007, through Feb.10, 2014, and equipped with certain Cummins Westport Model ISL G or ISX12 G engines, which are powered by natural gas..

April 11, 2014

NTSB Investigating FedEx Freight-Bus Crash That Killed 10

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a “go-team” to investigate the cause of a deadly tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Thursday in California, killing at least 10 people.

April 10, 2014

Sen. Durbin Seeks Review of FMCSA Investigative Practices

Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., asked the Transportation Department’s Inspector General to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The agency dropped the ball on an investigation of a carrier that later was involved in a fatal crash, Durbin said in his April 9 letter to IG Calvin Scovel.

April 3, 2014

Side Underride Guards Among NTSB Safety Recommendations

These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.

April 2, 2014

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier Following Driver Ban over Fatal Illinois Crash

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered DND International to immediately shut down, after declaring the Naperville, Illinois-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

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 24, 2014

Smart Drive Systems and Wabco Form Strategic Alliance

TCA, GRAPEVINE, TX -- Wabco and SmartDrive Systems announced they are forming a strategic partnership, which allows Wabco to expand its fleet management solutions to commercial vehicle fleets in North America. Integration between the two systems give fleets better data on driver behavior.

March 24, 2014

Recalls Issued for Mack, International and Caterpillar Trucks

A fire risk in some Mack trucks, and braking problems on some International and Caterpillar trucks, have led to recall campaigns.

March 24, 2014

Obama Signs Propane Delivery Exemptions into Law

Following quick passage by Congress, President Obama has signed legislation allowing for the expedited delivery of propane and heating fuel through May 31.

March 21, 2014

TouchStar Launches Cloud-Based Telematics and Fleet Tracking Solutions

TouchStar, a multinational provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced the release of its new cloud-based telematics solutions – iTrack and intelliTrack – for GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior management.

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 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.

February 24, 2014

California AG Gives Thumbs Up on Driver Video Cameras

California’s Attorney General issued an opinion earlier this month saying continuous video taping of truck drivers while they are behind the wheel does not violate state law.

February 17, 2014

J.J. Keller Launches FMCSA Compliance Manual

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.

February 16, 2014

Arbitration Action Filed Against U.S. Over Mexican Trucking

Mexico’s biggest trucking association has filed a $30 billion dollar arbitration claim against the United States for refusing to fully open the country to trucks from south of the border, as called for in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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