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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

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Kansas Chameleon Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has closed down four motor carriers based in Olathe, Kan., accused of being reincarnated “chameleons” for an unsafe truck company previously shut down by the agency.

Tags: FMCSA

April 25, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eases CDL Clutter

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doing some housecleaning on its commercial license rule.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL

April 24, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeking Comments on Another Participant in Cross-Border Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on allowing another Mexico-based carrier in the long haul cross-border pilot program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Fatigue Management Program Near Completion

A coalition of U.S. and Canadian trucking interests are close to releasing a best-practices manual for fatigue management.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, ATRI, Con-Way, Fatigue management, Transport Canada, Canadian Trucking Alliance, Challenger Motor Freight, FMCSA, Drivers

April 17, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Launches Household Goods Mover Education Campaign

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is continuing with recent efforts to educate the public when it comes to unscrupulous household goods movers.

Tags: FMCSA, Household Goods Movers

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

Some Consensus, Some Differences Emerge from CSA Advisory Panel

An advisory committee for the CSA safety enforcement program dove deep into the complex details and emerged with some consensus and some irreconcilable differences.

An advisory committee for the CSA safety enforcement program dove deep into the complex details and emerged with some consensus and some irreconcilable differences.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, BASIC, MCSAC, Crash Accountability

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Warnings Over Hiring Fraud and Motor Carrier PINs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued two alerts, one about truck drivers being defrauded and another about the importance of protecting a motor carrier’s personal identification number.

Tags: FMCSA, Fraud

April 4, 2013 - Industry News

Two Mexican Carriers Fail Getting into Cross-Border Pilot Program

Two carriers based in Mexico have had their applications dismissed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to participate in the long-haul cross-border trucking program between the U.S. and its neighbor to the south.

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

April 2, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Atlanta-based Southern Transportation Inc.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently shut down Atlanta-based trucking company Southern Transportation Inc. using new authorities given to FMCSA under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, MAP-21, Out-of-service

April 1, 2013 - Industry News

Phony Letters Being Sent to Motor Carriers

Another round of fraudulent U.S. DOT letters is being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials in an attempt to obtain banking information from the targeted carriers, warn the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, DOT

March 27, 2013 - Industry News

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal Goes to White House

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is getting closer to proposing a rule that would create a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Alcohol, OMB

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eases CDL Process for States

The agency agreed that it is too burdensome to require states to conduct background checks on all test examiners. Now the checks are required only when the examiner is hired.

In response to petitions from states and the industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is changing provisions of its commercial driver’s license rule.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL rule, CDL testing, Drivers

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

CDL Schools Say Proposed Training Standards Would Make Driver Shortage Worse

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, right, and a panel of FMCSA officials listen to comments about proposed entry level driver training regulations.

In a Friday "listening session" the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hosted regarding its proposed entry-level driver training stories, truck driver training school officials warned that the proposal would make the current driver shortage even worse.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Mid-America Trucking Show, Anne Ferro

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Two Carriers, One Driver to Cease Operating

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week ordered two trucking companies and one driver to stop operating as imminent hazards to public safety. The orders were triggered by flagrant disregard for hours of service and other safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Michigan, Hours of Service, Georgia

March 21, 2013 - Industry News

Legislators Push FMCSA to Reconsider Hours Deadline Decision

Transportation legislators in the Senate and House are pressing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro to reconsider her decision not to postpone the effective date of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service

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