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December 21, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Halving Random Drug-Test Threshold

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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

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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

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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

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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

December 9, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed Rule Would Require Seat Belts for Passengers in Commercial Trucks

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FMCSA is asking for public comment on a proposal to require passengers riding in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles to use safety belts.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Seat Belts

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Regulatory Exemption for Bendix Windshield Cam

Bendix’s two-year exemption ensures fleets and owner-operators are not in violation of windshield clearance regulations when using lane departure warning and collision mitigation safety technologies. Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has received a regulatory two-year exemption extension for the video camera component for two of its commercial vehicle safety systems from the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Lane Departure Warning, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Collision Mitigation

December 7, 2015 - Product News

Vigillo Keeping CSA Scores Available via Carrier Select

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Vigillo has announced that Carrier Select, the company’s carrier selection tool for freight brokers, shippers and insurance providers, will continue to provide CSA scores that its carrier customers can opt-in to share.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Safety, CSA, Freight, Vigillo, Highway Bill

December 4, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Removes CSA Data from Public View

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that, as of Dec. 4, it has removed "much of" the CSA data that had previously been visible to the public on the FMCSA website.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Highway Bill

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Photo: U.S. DOT

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

November 19, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Shutdown of Ohio Trucking Company

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Jefferson, Ohio-based Garfield Trucking LLC to immediately cease operations, saying it's an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Imminent Hazard

November 13, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard after Medical Condition Causes Fatal Crash

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declareda Minnesota truck driver an imminent hazard to public safety after medical problems caused a fatal accident last month.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Driver Health, Imminent Hazard

November 10, 2015 - Industry News

Crashing Against Common Sense

ATRI's latest CSA Research Piece found that excluding “non-preventable crashes” from data decreased the Crash Indicator BASIC by nearly 15% among over a dozen carriers studied.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, ATRI

November 4, 2015 - Product News

HireRight Adds Sleep Apnea Study to Driver Screening

Employee screening provider HireRight has launched a new sleep apnea study service as part of its screening offering for the transportation industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue, Screening

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Amendment Aims to Thwart Threat to Smaller Carriers

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An amendment would allow motor carriers that have not been rated by FMCSA to meet safety-eligibility requirements spelled out by the “Interim Hiring Standard” within the proposed long-term highway bill.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill, Truck Size/Weight

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Hiding Medical History

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Georgia-licensed truck driver Matthew Jason Boozer to be an imminent hazard to public safety due to an undisclosed medical problem which caused an accident.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Health, Imminent Hazard, Preventable Accidents

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

OOS Violations Down in 2015 Brake Safety Week

The results are in from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week and out-of-service violations were down compared with last year’s inspection period.

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

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Gets Jail Time for Threatening Safety Inspector

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A truck driver who threatened a federal safety inspector has been sentenced to 9 months of incarceration as well as 40 hours community service and 12 months of supervised release.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers

October 20, 2015 - Product News

Vigillo's 'Just' Promises Corrections to Unfair CSA Scores

'Just' creates an alternate method of scoring based on findings of independent enforcement experts and it makes the results available to fleets.

Tags: FMCSA, Vigillo, CSA score, CSA, ATA MC&E

October 19, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Bill Promises Trucking Reforms

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

New long-term measure would hide CSA scores, launch an under-21 CDL pilot program and allow hair-testing for drug-testing truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

October 18, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Chief: Safety Benefits when Agency Partners with Trucking

FMCSA's Darling addressing annual ATA meeting in Philadelphia on Oct. 18. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The acting chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration committed the agency to working even more closely with trucking’s stakeholders to further improve highway safety.

Tags: FMCSA, American Trucking Associations, ATA MC&E

October 16, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Violated HOS Limits on Day of Fatal Crash

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A truck driver was declared an imminent hazard by FMCSA after it was found that he had violated hours-of-service the day of an accident that killed three persons.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Fatal Accidents, Imminent Hazard

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