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January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Audit Says New York DOT Not Doing Enough About Truck Safety

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The New York state Department of Transportation is not adequately monitoring whether commercial carriers whose vehicles or drivers have been taken off the road because of violations are making needed repairs or corrections, potentially putting the public at risk, according to a new audit released by New York’s comptroller.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, New York, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Window Film Makers Want to Offer Darker Tint

The makers of window films are asking for an exemption from federal standards so they can sell a darker film than usually is allowed. In a Federal Register notice Thursday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asks for comments on the exemption sought by the International Window Film Association.

Tags: FMCSA, Federal Register, International Window Film Association

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, MAP-21, Regulations, Fleets, Drivers, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Exemptions Granted for Heating Fuel Deliveries in Midwest and Eastern U.S.

Source: MnDOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued two emergency exemptions for propane and other home heating fuel haulers, covering the Eastern and Midwest regions of the country.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas, Safety and Compliance

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Propane Haulers Ask for Regional HOS Exemptions

In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the National Propane Gas Association on Wednesday called on him to grant regional exemptions from federal hours of service regulations for the Midwest and Eastern parts of the U.S., to relieve what the group says is "pressure on the current propane distribution network."

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas, U.S. DOT

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Readies Sanctions Against Repeat Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a rule next week containing tough new sanctions against carriers that disregard safety rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. (File photo by Jim Park)

Is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s goal of zero truck-related fatalities an ideology or an appropriate aspiration?

Tags: ATA, HOS, Accidents, FMCSA, Anne Ferro, Regulations, Safety and Compliance, TRB

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Will Not Review Mexico Cross-Border Program

The Supreme Court will not hear an owner-operator petition to overturn the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA, OOIDA, Supreme Court

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

More States Issue Emergency Fuel Hauling Waivers

While record-setting cold weather has let up across many affected portions of the United States, the number of waivers to trucking rules issued by states continues growing.

Tags: Minnesota, Regulations, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Vermont, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Safety and Compliance, FMCSA, New York

January 10, 2014 - Industry News

Proposed Coercion Rule Closer to Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one step closer to proposing a rule that would prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. The proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review before publication.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, eLog

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Med Card, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hold Listening Sessions on New Entrant Carriers, MATS Date Added

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session on Jan. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., to solicit ideas and information from interested parties on possible knowledge testing requirements for New Entrant passenger and property carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, MAP-21, Safety & Compliance, Fleets

January 3, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company to Stop Retaliating Against Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who refused to drive in violation of safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, whistleblower, Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc., Drivers

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

ELogs, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Top Rules List for 2014

Will paper logbooks become a thing of the past?

Trucking will go into 2014 with two major safety proposals pending: electronic logs and a searchable database containing the results of driver drug and alcohol tests.

Tags: Regulations, FMCSA, Drug Testing, Alcohol, Drivers, CSA

December 31, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares South Carolina Trucking Companies to be Imminent Hazards

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared two Walterboro, S.C.-based trucking companies, CER Trucking Inc. and Edward Risher Trucking, as well as its owner-driver, Clarence Edward Risher, Jr., to be imminent hazards to public safety and has ordered all three entities to immediately cease interstate commercial operations.

Tags: FMCSA, imminent hazard

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 2

As we look back at 2013, here's the second installment in our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry:

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Ford, Fraud

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 1

As we look back at 2013, here's our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Sleep Apnea, legislation, Regulations, Insurance

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Looking for Ideas on New Entrant Testing

FMCSA wants to know whether the new-entrant exam should include just regulations or industry best practices as well. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled a public listening session on how to test the trucking knowledge of would-be carriers, brokers and freight forwarders.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Brokers, Freight Forwarders Seek Relief from Bond

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on requests to exempt brokers and some freight forwarders from the new $75,000 bond requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Brokers, Household Goods Movers

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Sleeper Berth Test

UPDATED (2) -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on a field test of alternatives to the current sleeper berth rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Hours of Service, Minnesota Trucking Association

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Emergency hauling declarations, suspending hours of service rules for truck drivers, are piling up across the nation.

Tags: FMCSA, Gasoline, Drivers, Propane Autogas, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Diesel Fuel, Weather

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Comment Period for Proposed CSA/SMS Website Changes

The website has come under fire by some trucking groups over what they believe are misrepresentations on the site when it comes to safety records and actual carrier performance.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, SMS

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New HOS Rules Could Mean Higher Consumer Costs

New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service regulations for truckers could mean increased costs for consumers, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, HOS, Fleets

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Chooses Configurations for Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration will look at eight types of tractor-trailer combinations in its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights.

Tags: FMCSA, FHWA, Size and Weight

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers Changing Driver Vision Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to ease its standards for granting exemptions to driver vision requirements.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Driver Safety

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