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March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Eye-Opener Report: FMCSA Should Boost Driver-Fatigue Research

Photo: Volvo Group

A new report prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine advises the FMCSA to improve data and research methods “to support a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health.”

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

FMSCA Extends Safety-Fitness Rulemaking Comment Period

Photo: U.S. DOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the public comment period for its proposed rule on safety fitness determinations for motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA: CSA Raw Data Publicly Visible Again

As of March 7, CSA "raw data" is once again publicly visible on FMCSA website, according to the agency. Image: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on March 7 that it has restored to public view its “absolute measures” of the safety performance of motor carriers of property.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

Behind-the-wheel training is the focus of the proposal.

Proposed national entry-level driver training requirements focus on a minimum amount of behind-the-wheel training.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Driver Training

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Report on Life-Saving Impact of Safety Enforcement Challenged

Image: California Highway Patrol

A supplier of safety/compliance services and, separately, the American Trucking Associations have taken issue with what the agency contends the report indicates.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Cites FMCSA for Burdensome Exemptions

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has taken to task the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for unduly burdening roadside inspectors by issuing carriers and drivers too many safety-rule exemptions.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Multiple Failed Drug Tests

Following an accident in January a driver, who had failed multiple drug tests in the past, refused to take another drug test. The FCMSA subsequently declared him an imminent hazard.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Imminent Hazard, Drug Charges

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker, Carrier, FMCSA at Fault in Fatal Truck Crash

Aftrmath of Jan. 27, 2014, truck crash near Naperville, Ill. Image via NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of a fatal truck crash two year ago was a trucker's fatigue – but it said a carrier's failure to adhere to HOS rules and “inadequate safety oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration" contributed as well.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, NTSB, Fatigue

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers ELD Rule Webinars to Help Fleets Comply

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Training Center has announced two webinars about the new electronic logging device mandate to help fleets comply with the rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Webinar, ELDs

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Darling: CSA Study in the Works

FMCSA's Scott Darling testifying before Senate panel on January 20.

The acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration told a Senate panel that the mandated study of the effectiveness of the agency’s Carrier Safety Accountability scoring program is slated to begin next month.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS

January 15, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Issuing Proposed Safety Fitness Rule

Photo: U.S. DOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Jan. 15 that it is formally initiating a Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking that will “enhance the agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers.”

Tags: FMCSA, Safety Fitness Determination

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Driver-Coercion Rule Takes Effect on Jan. 29

Image: Seeing Machines

The new rule prohibiting acts of coercion aimed at compelling truck drivers to violate federal safety regulations takes effect on Jan. 29.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Driver Coercion

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Not So Fast: Truck Groups Contend Safety Fitness Proposal Violates FAST Act

The validity of a rule proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers has been challenged by a coalition of eight associations representing trucking interests.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety Fitness Determination

January 11, 2016 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers ELD Mandate Seminars to Educate Fleets

Photo: J.J. Keller

J.J. Keller & Associates will be holding a series of seminars in 2016 aimed at educating fleets on the recently finalized ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, ELDs, ELD Mandate

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Land-Air Express of New England Gets Green Light to Operate

Land-Air Express of New England Ltd., which had been put out of service Dec. 29, has gotten the go-ahead from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to resume operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Land-Air Express

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Land-Air Express of New England Put Out of Service by FMCSA

CORRECTED -- Land-Air Express of New England may reopen this week after being placed out of service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 29. The out of service order apparently resulted from an unsatisfactory audit in early November. As of Tuesday, the less-than-truckload company was awaiting the go-ahead to resume operations.

Tags: FMCSA, LTL, Out of Service, Land-Air Express

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Drops Compliance Decal Proposal

FMCSA has withdrawn a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have required a commercial motor vehicle to display a label attesting that it was compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards when it was manufactured.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Halving Random Drug-Test Threshold

Image: FMCSA

FMCSA will lower the annual minimum random drug-testing rate for CDL holders from 50% of the average number of CDL-driver positions to 25% annually for the 2016 calendar year, effective Jan. 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Wants Sleep-Apnea Data

Photo: Volvo Group

A DOT data-collection request could be first step toward federal regulation of the testing and treatment of truck drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea

December 17, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Launches Improved Online DOT Registration

Image: U.S. DOT

The Implementation of the Unified Registration System will streamline the DOT registration process and make it more difficult for unsafe truck companies to avoid enforcement actions, per the agency.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Safety, Vehicle Registration, U.S. DOT

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Aims to Strengthen Restart Suspension; Slams Brakes on Twin 33s

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Congress is expected to further nail down the suspension of two restrictions placed on the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rules — and to bar the door to legalizing twin 33-foot trailers on highways nationwide.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, 34-Hour Restart, Truck Size/Weight

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues for ELD Review

Image: OOIDA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a lawsuit seeking a judicial review of the electronic logging device mandate that was announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 10.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELDs, Lawsuits

December 15, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Makes Progress on Safety Fitness Rulemaking

Image: FMCSA

Notice of a proposed rule that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers is expected to be published by Dec. 29

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Bill, CSA, Inspections

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking (Mostly) Welcomes Electronic Log Rule

Photo: Omnitracs

Given how much industry feedback — dating back five years — informed the writing of the electronic logging device mandate announced Thursday, it’s not surprising that stakeholder reaction right out of the gate is mostly positive, with owner-operators marking the exception.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces Electronic Logs Mandate

Photo courtesy J.J. Keller

By early December 2017, an estimated 3 million commercial drivers will have thrown out their paper logbooks. A long-anticipated rule requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) for truck and bus driver hours of service was announced Thursday morning.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs, Medium-Duty Trucks

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