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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

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Warning Carriers About Fraud Schemes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is warning carriers to be on the lookout for new fraud schemes as thieves try to get financial or banking information.

Tags: FMCSA, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Crime & Fraud

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Sue FMCSA Over Motor Carrier Management Information System

A group of truck drivers has filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over records the agency keeps on carriers and drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Massachusetts, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

BigRoad, NASTC Applaud FMCSA's Revised Guidance for Smartphone RODS

FMCSA's recent ruling on e-logging with laptop computers, tablets and smartphones puts valid compliance tools into the hand of small fleets and owner-operators at a reasonable cost.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, E-logs

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Electronic Signatures Now Allowed on Driver Logging Programs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised its guidance regarding hours of service logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones, to allow for digital driver signatures.

Tags: FMCSA, Information Technology, Hours of Service

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Reaction to ELD Proposal Goes Full Circle

UPDATED -- Comments on the proposed Electronic Logging Device mandate cover the full spectrum of reactions, from outrage and disdain at Big Brother government to applause for a sensible and long-overdue safety rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 30,000 on Certified Medical Examiners Registry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since the new system for U.S. DOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Group Challenges Call for Ferro Resignation

A group of a dozen owner-operators is challenging the call of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for resignation of the top federal truck safety official. “Most of us are members of OOIDA and we respectfully disagree with our leadership on this issue,” the group said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, Owner-Operators, Drivers, Regulations

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Declines to Review Mexico Border Petition

UPDATED -- The Supreme Court declined to review a bid by the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld the Mexico cross-border trucking program.

Tags: FMCSA, Mexican Trucking, Supreme Court, OOIDA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

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

Annette M. Sandberg, principle, TransSafe Consulting.

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Safety and Compliance, 34 Hour Restart

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Legislation, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34 Hour Restart, Regulations, FMCSA, Congress, Safety & Compliance

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