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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: BASIC, MCSAC, Crash Accountability, FMCSA, CSA

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

March 18, 2013 - Industry News

Court Hears Oral Arguments in New HOS Rules Challenges

A court heard oral arguments Friday in a legal move attempting to stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to implement revised hours-of-service regulations, but there is no indication if the three-judge panel in the District of Columbia will issue a decision before the new rules take effect.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service

March 15, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Agriculture Hauler Exemptions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday posted rule exemptions for agricultural transporters that were ordered up in last year’s highway law.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS exemption

March 13, 2013 - Industry News

Presenters Announced for The Zone 2013 Transportation Conference

Zonar has announced an expanded lineup of presenters for its upcoming fleet management conference titled, “The Zone 2013,” scheduled for May 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA, The Zone 2013, Roadcheck

March 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Steps to Reduce GPS-Caused Bridge Strikes

Sen. Charles Schumer and FMCSA Administrator Ann Ferro stand at the Eagle Avenue overpass in New York, which spans the Southern State Parkway at exit 18. The overpass has been struck at least 27 times by trucks that are prohibited from driving on the parkway.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin issuing official recommendations to members of the commercial trucking industry on the proper uses of Global Positioning System navigation devices and incorporate GPS training into new entry-level certification programs for commercial motor vehicle operators.

Tags: GPS, DOT, FMCSA

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants Petition Killing Alabama Steel Coil Transport Training and Certification

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a petition submitted by the American Trucking Associations asking the agency to determine if Alabama's Metal Coil Securement Act is preempted by federal law. The ruling means the state can no longer impose the law's requirements on interstate movements, effective April 4.

Tags: FMCSA, Alabama, Cargo Securement

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces MCSAC Appointments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the appointment of a new chairman, vice chairman and five additional members to its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC

March 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA to Host Session on Driver Training Rule at MATS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session on its pending driver training rule at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 22.

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

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