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August 3, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Issuance of Commercial Learner’s Permits

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Guidance just issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration clarifies that a state may accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and administer the general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled there.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, Hiring Veterans

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Let Carriers Dispute Crash Fault

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will launch on Aug. 1 a demonstration program that will enable motor carriers to dispute the determination of certain truck crashes as “preventable.”

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Crash Accountability

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Speed-Limiter Rule Stalls in Trump’s Washington

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The drive to mandate speed-limiters on trucks has sputtered out— at least for now— courtesy of the Trump administration's push to cut federal regulations

Tags: Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Donald Trump, FMCSA

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

Another House Bill Aims to Delay ELD Rule

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Another Hail Mary Pass has been flung to try and slow the advance of the electronic logging device rule. Rep. Brian Babin has introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017, which seeks to extend the current initial implementation date for the ELD mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, Legislation

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Could House Bill Slow or Even Stop ELD Rule?

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The House Transportation Committee has attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill that could end up delaying or repealing the electronic logging device mandate set to go into effect on Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, ELD, ELD Mandate, DOT

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

GAO Slams FMSCA for Sluggish IT Effort

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The watchdog agency of Congress has roundly criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for not yet modernizing its information technology systems and for failing to fully establish an “investment management framework” for IT.

Tags: FMCSA, GAO, Unified Registration System, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Takes Driver ELD Education on the Road

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The FMCSA has announced a public education and outreach campaign to help commercial driver transition to electronic logging devices called the ELD Implementation Tour.

Tags: FMCSA, Education, ELDs, ELD Mandate

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

Report Recommends Improvements to CSA Scoring System

CSA scores would be set using an approach that pulls in a wider stream of data such as driver compensation, vehicle miles traveled by state, and other factors under improvements recommended by a congressionally mandated panel charged with reviewing the system.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, U.S. Congress, Regulations

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Joins ‘Our Roads, Our Safety’ Outreach Program

American Trucking Associations has joined the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, AAA, and the American Bus Association, to unveil the Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership, aimed at reducing highway fatalities.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, ATA, Share the Road

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

House Bill Aims For Dedicated Revenue Source for Freight Infrastructure

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Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House on June 22 would create a Freight Transportation Infrastructure Trust Fund, funded through a national 1% “waybill fee” on the transportation cost of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Infrastructure, Freight, Infrastructure Funding

June 21, 2017 - Product News

J.J. Keller Self-Certifies Mobile ELD Solution

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J.J. Keller & Associations has announced that its Mobile ELog solution has been self-certified and added to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD registry.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

CVSA Brake Safety Day Scheduled for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced that Brake Safety Day is taking place on Sept. 7 this year across North America.

Tags: FMCSA, Inspections, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Air Brakes, Brakes

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Committee Tasked with Picking Rules to Cut

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to take specific action to comply with President Trump’s Executive Order 13771 requiring agencies relieve businesses of burdensome regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Donald Trump

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Two New Rules Would Help Ease Truck Driver Shortage

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Two new rules that seek to streamline CDL licensing and cut its costs were proposed on June 9 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers, Hiring Veterans

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Finally Releases Entry-Level Driver Training Rule

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A final rule on minimum entry-level CDL training requirements-- issued in December year-- has at last gone into effect, having been delayed several times due to having been placed under a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” in January by the Trump administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hold Live ELD Q&A Sessions in July

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that in July, it will hold two live question-and-answer sessions about electronic logging devices.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Q&A, ELD Mandate

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

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Hoping to develop “statistically reliable evidence” on whether split-sleeper-berth time affects driver safety performance and fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a pilot program that would give a limited number of CDL holders temporary relief from the existing sleeper-berth regulation of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Split Sleeper Berth, Hours of Service

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Minimum Insurance Rulemaking

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More than three years after launching a rulemaking to increase minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the FMCSA is dropping the effort because it says it has not collected enough information to warrant going forward-- at least for now.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, The Trucking Alliance, Truckload Carriers Association, OOIDA, ATA

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Formalizes Regulatory Reform Effort

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen will serve as DOT’s Regulatory Reform Officer and chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, The Trucking Alliance, Donald Trump

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Virginia Trucking Company Execs Pleaded Guilty to Conspiracy Charges

In a plea bargain, Virginia-based Beam Brothers Trucking and its owners and top officers have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a case alleging that they knowingly committed offenses against the U.S. and FMCSA regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, USPS, Crime & Fraud

April 28, 2017 - Industry News

Fatal Accident Leads FMCSA to Investigate Small Alabama Carrier

A fatal accident involving a driver falling asleep at the wheel led the FMCSA to investigate Beatrice, Ala.-based J&L Trucking and order its vehicles off the road.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Out of Service, Imminent Hazard, Records Management

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

AFL-CIO Coalition Seeks to Clip Hair Testing

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A coalition of AFL-CIO member unions is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to deny a petition by several trucking companies to use hair specimens in lieu of federally mandated urine in pre-employment drug tests.

Tags: FMCSA, American Trucking Associations, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing, AFL-CIO TTD

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Teletrac Navman's ELD Solution is FMCSA Compliant

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Teletrac Navman has announced its new Director ELD solution, which meets all currently published technical requirements of FMCSA's Electronic Logging Device mandate.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Teletrac Navman

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Gets Earful on Autonomous Trucks at Atlanta Listening Session

Among the most common concerns at FMCSA's Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session were questions about changes to the Hours of Service rules and how actively engaged drivers should be while a truck is in autonomous driving mode. Photo: Jack Roberts

A listening session on autonomous vehicles drew public comment from law enforcement officers, truck drivers, fleet executives, OEM representatives and new technology developers, such as Uber.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CVSA, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

FCMSA to Hold Autonomous Vehicle Listening Session in Atlanta

FMCSA will webcast its listening session from Atlanta on April 24. Photo: Peterbilt

How do you inspect an autonomous truck? That and other questions are on the minds of federal officials who scheduled a listening session, amid speculation the DOT is preparing to issue guidelines for autonomous vehicle use – perhaps before year's end.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Autonomous Vehicles

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