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February 27, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Deadline for Student Art Contest

Art by Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the submission deadline for the 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest until March 16, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Seat Belts, Contest, Child Safety

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Small Carrier Shut Down Due to Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a small Aurora, Colorado-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it immediately shut down on Feb. 12, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Sentence Handed Down in Household Goods Moving Scheme

A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced by a federal court after pleading guilty earlier to charges of conspiracy to commit extortion in a household good moving scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Household Goods Movers

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

ELD Mandate On the Way, Says FMCSA Official

Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier for Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Las Vegas, -based JDJD Transportation to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing several widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Nevada, Safety & Compliance

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Ticketed 10 Times Less for Speeding

Law enforcement officers ticketed non commercial drivers ten times more often than truckers during Operation Safe Driver mobilization week from Oct. 19-25.

Tags: FMCSA, Traffic Violations, Vehicle Inspection, Driver Behavior, CVSA, Speeding

February 5, 2015 - Industry News

VTTI Tasked with HOS Restart Study

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is heading the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s study of the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours of Service rule for truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, HOS, 34-Hour Restart

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders South Dakota Carrier, Driver Out of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Mitchell, South Dakota-based trucking company and its owner-driver to be imminent hazards to public safety and ordered both to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate commercial operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Truck Drivers, Safety & Compliance, South Dakota

January 26, 2015 - Product News

VDO RoadLog ELD 34-hour Restart Update is Now Available

Photo: Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket

Continental released a free update to its VDO RoadLog ELD software addressing the recent suspension of certain provisions of the 34-hour restart rules.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Information Technology

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Study: Costs of Crash Accountability Outweigh Benefits

HDT file photo

The difficulty and cost of including crash fault in the CSA safety enforcement system appears to outweigh the benefits, according to an analysis by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The long-awaited report to Congress, which will be made public today, says that police accident reports probably don’t provide enough information to support determinations of fault.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Drivers, Carriers for Restart Study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is recruiting drivers and carriers to participate in a study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34 hour restart

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Crash Accountability Study Coming in Two Weeks

Photo: Ohio State Patrol

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study on crash accountability in the next couple of weeks, said Jack Van Steenburg, the agency’s chief safety officer.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

Photo: Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, said Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

Photo via Police Mag

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. The agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Traffic Violations, CVSA

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers States $30 Million in Safety Grants

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced the availability of $30 million in state grants aimed at assisting states in improving transportation safety by modernizing their technology infrastructure.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Department of Transportation, Federal Grants, Enforcement

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

Mexican fleets like this one can now apply for U.S. operating authority under NAFTA. Photo by Evan Lockridge

Fourteen years later, the Mexican cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement will finally be implemented.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Director to Speak at Omnitracs Outlook 2015

Joseph DeLorenzo, director at the Office of Enforcement and Compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will deliver a keynote address at Omnitracs Outlook 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Conference, Keynote Speech, Omnitracs, Events, Information Technology

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Bee Haulers Want Exemption From HOS Break Rule

Loading bees for transport from South Carolina to Maine to pollinate blueberries. Photo by Pollinator via Wikimedia Commons

California beekeepers are looking for relief from the 30-minute break provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

The FMCSA to Maintain 50 Percent Drug Testing Rate in 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that random testing for controlled substances would remain at a rate of 50% in 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Alcohol Testing

December 29, 2014 - Industry News

Mexico Pilot Effective But Limited, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proper safety controls in place for Mexican carriers operating across the border, but the pilot program to test the system has too few participants to project the outcome of a full border opening, says the DOT Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking

December 23, 2014 - Industry News

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year.

Tags: FMCSA, Legislation, ELDs, Highway Bill, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, Fuel Economy Standards

December 18, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Restart Suspension Notice

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted official notice that the more restrictive version of the 34-hour restart has been suspended.

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

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Change Now in Effect

The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.

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

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Restart Suspension Could Boost Industry Productivity

Photo via FTR.

By increasing truckload capacity of the industry, there should be a slight boost to potential productivity, according to analysis from transportation research firm FTR.

Tags: FTR, Truckload, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA, Hours of Service

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report

Photo: Con-way

As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, DVIR

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