Safety & Compliance

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December 4, 2013

NY Thruway Installs Wrong Way Warning System

The New York Thruway has installed the first-in-the-nation Doppler-radar-enhanced LED signs to alert wrong way drivers before they enter the Niagara Expressway, also known as I-190, at the southbound exit 9 off-ramp in Buffalo.

December 2, 2013

FMCSA Considers More Exemptions from Hearing Regulation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.

December 2, 2013

FMCSA Moves to Fix CSA Data Problem

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving to fix a longtime problem in its CSA safety enforcement system. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to start including in its CSA database the results of court rulings on carrier challenges of roadside inspection citations.

November 26, 2013

Fleet to Fight $1 Million Plus OSHA Fine

A trucking company that was fined more than $1 million dollars earlier this month for firing employees who blew the whistle for its illegal activities says it will fight the decision.

November 26, 2013

Snow on the Roof? Knock It Off with Compressed Air, Driver Says

Snow is spreading across much of the country, and maybe everyone’s biggest worry is just getting there. But if you’re motoring down the highway and a trailer ahead of you starts shedding sheets of snow and ice, that’ll make your trip even more interesting.

November 21, 2013

FMCSA Study Says PSP Program Lowering Crash and Driver OOS Numbers

A recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report shows that motor carriers using the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program are seeing a greater decline in crash rates than those who are not using it.

November 20, 2013

Two Truckers Awarded $302,000 for Wrongful Termination

Under terms of a consent judgment, a now defunct North Canton, Ohio-based carrier, Star Air, and owner Robert R. Custer, will pay two Ohio truck drivers $302,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor for terminating two of the company's drivers in violation of federal whistleblower provisions.

November 19, 2013

OSHA Levies $1 Million Fine Against Carrier for Firing Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Gaines Motor Lines of N.C., along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to compensate four former truck drivers who were fired in violation of federal whistleblower laws.

November 8, 2013

California Considers Easing Some Emissions Rules

Truckers who don't run a lot of miles in California may get more time to comply with emissions rules.

November 7, 2013

NTSB Calls for Audit of FMCSA's Safety Oversight

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

November 6, 2013

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is before you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow.

November 5, 2013

NTSB Says Train and Tractor-Trailer/Parade Float Crash and Deaths Due to Poor Planning

A fatal accident in which a freight train struck a tractor-trailer hauling a parade float in Midland, Tex. last November was caused by the failure of both the city and the parade organizer to address the risks associated with routing a parade through an active grade crossing and it serves as a cautionary tale to any trucking operation that volunteers equipment or people for such events.

November 5, 2013

Hazardous Waste Transporter Agrees to Settle Claims, Costing $325,000

A New York-based trucking company has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle claims that it failed to pay the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection fees covering the costs of handling and transporting oil and other hazardous wastes within the state.

November 4, 2013

New York State Tightens Rules for Electronic Device Use by CDL Holders

New York has set forth more stringent prohibitions on the use of portable electronic devices for commercial driver’s license holders, including prohibiting their use when stopped in traffic

November 4, 2013

FMCSA Test-Drives Improvements on Safety Data Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is test-driving an improved version of its Safety Measurement System website.

October 31, 2013

New Report Shows Fatal Crashes Involving Trucks Up from a Year Earlier

Newly released figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show an increase in the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes over the past year, but there are improvements when compared to longer time periods.

October 31, 2013

House Bill Would Suspend 34-Hour Restart Pending Review

A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.

October 30, 2013

OSHA Hits Carrier with Fine Following Death of Worker Cleaning Tanker

Arkansas-based Sherman Brothers Trucking, doing business as Team Transport, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 safety and health violations and has proposed a penalty of $113,400.

October 24, 2013

Massachusetts Small Fleet Owner Charged with Bribing FMCSA Inspector

A man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Mass with trying to bribe a federal safety investigator in order to avoid negative findings on a safety review of his motor carrier company, but has already decided to pled guilty to avoid a lesser sentence.

October 24, 2013

Trucking Company Owners Sentenced for Violating FMCSA OOS Order

The owners of an Alabama trucking company have been sentenced for their roles in running a “chameleon carrier.”

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