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September 24, 2014 - Product News

FMCSA Makes Changes to SMS Website to Improve User Experience

Joseph DeLorenzo, director office of enforcement and compliance, FMCSA, explained change to the agency’s SMS website during a conference at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

An FMCSA representative offers a guide to the changes in the website that hosts and displays safety information under the government's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program plus a rules update at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, SMS, CSA, TMW Systems, Hours of Service, Regulations

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Congressman Offers Bill to Shield CSA Data

The industry’s effort to shut off public access to truck safety data continues with a proposal by Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., to temporarily shield the information. The Safer Trucks and Buses Act says CSA data should not be available to the public.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, U.S. House, Legislation, Safety & Compliance

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates, Teamsters Sue for Training Rule

Safety advocates and the Teamsters union are suing to force the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue truck driver training rules. The suit comes just a month after the agency launched an attempt to negotiate a rule because it has not been able to draft a rule that would be accepted by all the parties.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Regulations, Teamsters

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Another Call to Hide CSA Data from Public

A group of brokers and other trucking interests have added to the call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In a September 17 letter, the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation and nine other groups asked Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to draw a curtain over the scores.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, SMS, Brokers

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Small Carrier Ordered Closed Following FMCSA Investigation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Grand Ridge, Florida-based trucking company to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Challenging FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

One trucking company is challenging an out-of-service order it received in August from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following a fatal accident.

Tags: maintenance, FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

House Prepares Short-Term Appropriations Bill Without 34-Hour Restart Provision

The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Legislation

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends New-Applicant Screening Test

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending its test of a new approach to screening new entrants into trucking. It also is adjusting how the screening process works.

Tags: FMCSA, New Entrants, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers say driver need to be able to drive from a delivery to a safe parking spot even if it's past the 14-hour window. Photo: Atlas Van Lines

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, American Moving & Storage Association, Household Goods Movers

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA's Deborah Freund Dead at 57

A driving force behind trucking safety at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Deborah M. "Debbie" Freund, died Thursday of metastatic breast cancer.

Tags: FMCSA, Obituary, People

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a study of the relationship between safety and driver pay. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to see if there is a connection between industry pay practices and safe driving.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Pay, Drivers

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Installs DataQs Fix

Carriers and drivers can now get a violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it. Under a system that went live August 23, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s DataQs portal.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Industry Pushes to Hide CSA Data from Public, FMCSA Responds

UPDATED -- A coalition of industry groups is putting pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remove CSA safety scores from public view. In an August 22 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, American Trucking Associations and 10 other groups said the scores are not likely to provide an accurate assessment of a carrier’s safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, ATA, CSA, OOIDA

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Names Acting Administrator

Darling in a photo from Clarke University, which was featuring an interview with the alumnus in 2011 when he was still with MBTA.

As Anne Ferro wraps up her time as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, the agency has named the agency's chief counsel, Scott Darling, to serve as acting administrator until a permanent administrator can be named.

Tags: FMCSA, People

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking another swing at a driver training rule, this time suggesting negotiations to resolve details that sidelined an earlier proposal.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Drivers, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Shippers Air Concerns about Driver Coercion Proposal

Federal truck safety regulations are venturing into new territory with a proposal to protect drivers from coercion, igniting concerns among shippers and others about how the rule will affect them.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Coercion, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Shippers, NITL, Brokers, Owner-Operators

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Farewell Focuses on Need to Spread Safety Burden

Photo: Oliver Patton

Anne Ferro’s departing message is that the cost of truck and bus safety needs to be distributed more evenly through the supply chain. Too much of the burden falls on drivers who are not paid for all the time they work, said Ferro in an exit interview Thursday with a number of reporters.

Tags: FMCSA, Anne Ferro, People, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Employee Sentenced to Prison over Phony Tax Returns

A former financial management specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sentenced to prison late last month in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Crime

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Authority of Company for Not Allowing Access to Records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the operating authority of a single-truck motor carrier after it refused to provide access to company records for an investigation following a highly publicized fatal crash in the Chicago area.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Illinois, Operating Authority

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Presided Over Landmark Safety Rules

Outgoing FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro at a listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year. Photo: Evan Lockridge<br />

Anne Ferro, who will step down as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration next month, served as administrator during a period of great consequence for truck safety. Washington Editor Oliver Patton takes a look at what she has presided over in her almost five years in the post, as well as early industry reaction to her upcoming departure.

Tags: FMCSA, Anne Ferro, People, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Expands Veterans Assistance Program for Commercial Driver Positions

Photo courtesy of FMCSA.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that its waiver program that helps experienced veterans and active duty personnel transition into commercial truck and bus drivers positions has been expanded.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Veterans, Drivers

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro to Step Down as FMCSA Chief

Anne Ferro will step down next month from her post as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. She has served as Administrator since 2009. She will become president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

Tags: FMCSA, Anne Ferro, People, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Agencies Coordinate Against Retaliation

Two federal agencies will work together to prevent retaliation against drivers who report safety or health violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, OSHA

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Upgrades to CSA Safety Data Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of changes designed to improve the Safety Measurement System website, some in response to industry feedback.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, SMS, Regulations

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Praising Truckers’ Lawsuit Over Driver Safety Records

Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class-action suit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week under the Federal Privacy Act charging that the agency is unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, OOIDA, Litigation

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