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November 10, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Trump Impact Minimal in Short Term

President-elect Donald Trump Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Economists with freight transportation forecasting firm FTR are convinced that the election of Donald Trump will not much move any economic needles much for at least six months. Not because the 45th President of the United States won’t accomplish anything right away, but because the wheels of government don’t spin any faster for a new Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, FTR, Donald Trump

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Extends Speed-Limiter Rule Comment Period

Photo via FMCSA

A 30-day extension of the public comment period for a proposed truck speed-limiter rule was announced today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA

October 31, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Declares Volvo Steering Defect Recall 100% Complete

The last of nearly 16,000 trucks voluntarily recalled by Volvo Trucks North America for a steering defect have been identified and repaired, achieving a 100% safety recall completion – a rare occurrence in the world of recalls.

Tags: FMCSA, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

October 28, 2016 - Industry News

Fleets Seek Immediate Hair-Testing Action by FMCSA

J.B. Hunt is one of several carriers petitioning the FMCSA to allow hair-testing results in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers. Photo: Drivewyze

Rather than wait for a rulemaking, several major motor carriers have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for exemptions that would allow them to use hair-testing in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Drug Testing, Truckload Carriers Association, The Trucking Alliance, Hair Testing

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns Drivers About Defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Image via FMCSA

The FMCSA has issued a safety advisory to drivers and passengers of commercial vehicles, warning them of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged or defective lithium batteries and the recently recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.

Tags: FMCSA, Recalls, Hazardous Materials, Samsung

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards Nearly $1 Million to Help Train Veterans as Drivers

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The FMCSA has awarded close to $1 million in grants to seven technical and community colleges to help train military veterans and their families for jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Training, Grant Funding, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

October 14, 2016 - Industry News

Banned: Driver Who Crashed Truck a Day After Failing Drug Test

A Utah-licensed truck driver has been banned from interstate driving after crashing his truck a day after failing a pre-employment drug test.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Drug Testing, Imminent Hazard

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Sen. Schumer Urges Finalizing Speed-Limiter Rule

Senator Chuck Schumer

Influential Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) lent his support to the proposed federal rule that would mandate electronic speed limiters on commercial vehicles during an Oct. 13 campaign stop on Long Island.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Chuck Schumer

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA: New Final Rule Eases Way to CDLs for Military Vets

Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a final rule that simplifies for current and former military personnel the process for obtaining a Commercial Learner’s Permit or Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Hiring Veterans

October 7, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Hauling Takata Airbags Explodes, FMCSA Orders Fleet to Cease Operations

FMCSA has ordered Georgia-based trucking company Industrial Transit to cease all interstate and intrastate operations after a truck hauling Takata airbag components exploded, killing a person and leveling a home.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Fatal Accidents, Hazardous Materials, Imminent Hazard

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Website Previews Proposed CSA Changes

Screenshot of FMCSA's preview site for proposed SMS changes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a set of proposed changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and is seeking comment on the proposals via a special website it's set up to show motor carriers how the changes would affect their safety ratings.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, CSA score, Safety

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Slams Proposed Speed-Limiter Rule

Chris Spear speaking to the press on ATA's stance on proposed speed-limiter rule. Photo: David Cullen

The president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has bluntly assessed as “dangerous” the key provisions of the proposed federal speed-limiter rule for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, ATA MC&E

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Final Rule Allows Windshield Mounted Technology

Photo: Lytx

The FMCSA has issued a final rule amending the FMCSRs to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Active Safety Systems, Windshields

September 9, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Medical Review Report Filed for Proposed Diabetes Rule

Another step has been completed in a proposed rulemaking that would allow CDL drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce without first obtaining an individual exemption for that medical condition.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Diabetes

September 2, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues ELD Rule Guidance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Sept. 2 issued “two important notes” on the final rule it has issued on electronic logging devices (ELDs).

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 26, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Finally Proposes Truck Speed-Limiter Rule

Image: FMCSA

Federal safety regulators are proposing that heavy-duty vehicles be equipped with speed-limiting devices set to a specific maximum speed.

Tags: FMCSA, Speed Limiter, NHTSA, Regulations

August 19, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Younger Driver Pilot Program for Former Military

A proposed pilot program using former military drivers would attempt to answer the question of whether 18- to 20-year-old truck drivers are as safe as those 21 and over.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Shortage, Younger Drivers

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Shows Drivers How to Share the Road with Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched Our Roads, Our Responsibility, a safety-focused campaign to raise public awareness about how to operate safely around large commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Pedestrian Safety, Passenger Cars, Safety, Share the Road, Image

August 9, 2016 - Product News

KeepTruckin Completes FMCSA ELD Certification

Image via KeepTruckin

KeepTruckin has completed the certification process for its ELD offering, allowing its solution to be officially registered by FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Medical Board to Review Comments on Sleep Apnea Pre-Rule

With the extended comment period on the impact a sleep-apnea rule might have on CMV drivers closed for several weeks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced its Medical Review Board will meet on August 22 and 23 in a public session to make recommendations on comments submitted.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, OSA

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Warns of Hazards of E-Smoking and Trucks

Electronic nicotine-delivery system products Image: FDA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory warning of the hazards of using battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in and around commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, E-cigarettes, Vaping

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Delays Online DOT Registration System Implementation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is delaying the implementation of the final stage of its simplified online registration process, called the Unified Registration System.

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

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Darling Officially Confirmed as Head of FMCSA

T.F. "Scott" Darling is now officially the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, after running the agency on an interim basis since Anne Ferro left the post in August 2014.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

CVSA Upbeat on FAST Act Impact on Carrier Safety

Jay Thompson testifying before U.S. Senate panel. Image: CVSA

As the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association sees it, the FAST Act highway bill included numerous provisions that, once implemented, will improve motor carrier safety.

Tags: FMCSA, CVSA

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio Eases Way for Deaf or Hearing-Impaired Drivers to Get CDLs

Image: Ohio Governor's Office

Ohio state agencies have teamed up to develop procedures for deaf or hearing-impaired Ohioans who qualify for a federal hearing-exemption waiver to train and test for obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, Ohio, Driver Shortage, Deaf and Hearing Impaired Drivers

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