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June 17, 2013 - Industry News

New Research Claims Flaws in HOS Restart Benefit

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its assessment of the regulatory impact analysis used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to justify changes to the 34-hour restart provision, scheduled to take effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI

June 14, 2013 - Industry News

New Hours-of-Service: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

The clock is ticking down toward July 1, when truck drivers and carriers must comply with new hours-of-service rules, but a lot of questions about them remain. Below is an outline of the rules and some frequently asked questions, courtesy of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Pilot Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest organization in the U.S. representing the rights of professional truck drivers, filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico on Monday, June 3.

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

June 4, 2013 - Industry News

Oklahoma and Missouri Waivers Added to Growing List from FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended a regional emergency in areas of Oklahoma affected by a series of tornados that hit the area as early as May 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Missouri, Oklahoma, Disaster Relief

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Again Challenging Mexican Truck Program

The Teamsters Union, along with the Sierra Club, on Monday asked for a rehearing on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Transportation's long-haul cross-border trucking program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, OOIDA, Teamsters, Mexico

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Includes CSA Updates

The 2013 Fleet Safety Conference, scheduled for June 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Ill., will feature two sessions devoted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, Events

May 29, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA's CSA and Motorcoach HOS Subcommittees to Meet in June

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability and Motorcoach Hours of Service subcommittees have set a meeting for next month.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

In 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit vacated the FMCSA's plan to mandate electronic recorders for hours of service because it had not addressed harassment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, EOBR

May 24, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Shutters Colorado Trucking Company

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Colorado-based trucking company to end all interstate operations after it discovered flagrant violations of license, hours of service and drug testing regulations and equipment so unsafe it was impounded by state police. It's just the latest in a string increasingly frequent such actions by the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, Enforcement

May 24, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Files Second Lawsuit Against FMCSA Over Safety Records

What happens when a violation is thrown out in court?

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a second complaint with the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding its safety records and the DataQ appeal process.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, OOIDA, DataQ, Enforcement

May 22, 2013 - Industry News

Questions Continue about CSA; Logs, Lamps Top CSA Violations

Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy, American Trucking Associations, discusses the CSA program during Zonar Systems' user conference May 16.

“CSA has had an effect on safety, but people want to make sure their scores are correct and fair,” said Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy, American Trucking Associations during an update on the program at the recent Zonar user’s conference held in San Antonio last week. Also part of the update, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance head Steve Keppler went over the top CSA violations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Zonar, CVSA

May 22, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Labels More Drivers as Imminent Hazard Ordering Them off the Road

For the second straight day on Wednesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has ordered two more truckers off the road saying they are an “imminent hazard to public safety.”

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, Safety

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

Trucker Ordered Off the Road as Hazard to the Public

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared New Mexico-licensed truck driver Bobby C. Cleveland to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Cleveland was served the federal orders May 4.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Waives Some Rules for Disaster Relief Efforts in Oklahoma

A tornado bears down on southern Oklahoma City. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a declaration of a regional emergency allowing exemptions to certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations following a series of major tornadoes that hit the Oklahoma City area.

Tags: FMCSA, Disaster, Oklahoma

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Maverick Focuses on Training to Slow Driver Turnover

Amid growing concern about a shortage of drivers, Maverick Transportation is laying the foundation for a long-term solution by improving driver training. At an ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., last week, there was much talk about a coming convergence of circumstances that will tip the balance of driver supply and demand.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention, EBE Technologies, Maverick Transportation, Onboarding

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

Georgia Carrier Owner Indicted for FMCSA Violations

The owner of a Georgia trucking company, Devasko Dewayne Lewis, has been indicted for ignoring out-of-service orders and lying about his role in the company.

Tags: FMCSA, OOS

May 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if no Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

Regulatory Climate Explored at Zonar Conference

Annette Sandberg, CEO of TransSafe Consulting and former FMCSA administrator.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of proposed rules scheduled for this summer, including establishing a drug and alcohol database, mandatory speed limiters and prohibiting driver coercion. However, proposals on electronic logs, entry-level driver training and safety fitness probably won't be unveiled as scheduled, according to a panel discussion May 15 during Zonar's inaugural user's conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety, ATA, Zonar, CVSA, Enforcement

May 16, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Safety Chief Opens Zonar User Conference

Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer of the Federal Motor Carrier address attendees at Zonar Systems the Zone 2013 user’s conference.

You'd better be getting ready for new hours of service rules that go into effect July 1, to be followed by proposed rules for electronic logs. That, along with an emphasis on enforcement, was the message from Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in his keynote speech for Zonar Systems' inaugural users’ conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, Information Technology, Zonar, Events, Safety & Compliance

May 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Additional Rules for Trucker Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Announces 2013 Student Art Contest Winners

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood congratulated two elementary school students – a second grader from Maryland and a third grader from Missouri – as this year’s winners of the “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Safety Belt Student Art Contest sponsored by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Commercial MOtor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

New Mexican Applicant Would Increase Size of Cross-Border Program

A Mexican carrier, Servicio de Transporte International y Local SA de CV, is applying to be the 11th fleet to join the cross-border program. If it is granted authority it would be the largest operation in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pilot program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

Hours of Service Reg Likely to Take Effect As-Is, NPTC Legal Counsel Says

Revised hours-of-service rules being contested by trucking and outside parties will probably be adopted as presented by federal authorities, the National Private Trucking Council’s staff lawyer, Rick Schweitzer, told attendees at the group’s annual meeting this week in Cincinnati.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

April 29, 2013 - Industry News

Hit-and-Run Driver Declared Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

FMCSA declares driver who stuck and killed a gir getting off a school bus to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him off the road.

Tags: FMCSA, out of service, imminent hazard

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