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June 11, 2014 - Industry News

No Restart Suspension in House Appropriations Bill

The trucking industry effort to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule missed a gear Tuesday when the House passed an appropriations bill that does not contain such a provision.

Tags: HOS, U.S. Congress, U.S. House, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA, Legislation, Hours of Service

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

House Amendment Would Stop FMCSA Insurance Rulemaking

UPDATED -- The U.S. House approved an amendment that would stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from changing insurance minimums. The amendment is a long way from becoming law but it highlights opposition to the agency even considering a change in the minimums.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Legislation, Regulations

June 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Exempts Livestock Haulers from 30-Minute Break Rule

A previous 90-day waiver was completed successfully with no adverse effects to safety. This is the second exemption to be granted by the agency.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Allow Conviction-based DataQ Challenges

The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.

Tags: FMCSA, DataQ

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

Funding Bill Sets Deadline for ELD Mandate: January 30, 2015

The bill that would suspend the new 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule also sets a deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to publish its electronic logging device mandate: January 30, 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, ELD, 34-Hour Restart

June 6, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Calls for Ferro's Resignation

FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferrro. Photo by Jim Park

OOIDA says Administrator Ferro’s failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency’s tasks left the OOIDA Board of Directors no choice but to call for her resignation.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Panel Votes to Suspend Hours of Service Restart Pending Study

The suspension would start after the bill is passed and FMCSA posts public notice, and last until September 30, 2015, or when FMCSA finishes the study. Photo by Jim Park

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34-Hour Restart

June 4, 2014 - Industry News

HOS Restart in Spotlight on Capitol Hill

The companies say they are going to have to drive more during the day as a consequence of the two-night, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. sleep requirement in the new restart provision

Truck driver hours of service took center stage Tuesday as Senators grilled Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the new 34-hour restart provision. The exchanges during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal highway program were a prelude to a showdown Thursday on the restart.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, U.S. Senate, ELDs, The Trucking Alliance

June 2, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Pushes Plan to Study 34-Hour Restart

Data gleaned from electronic logs will produce technologically objective data, while Psychomotor Vigilance Tests will gauges the impact of fatigue on drivers' reactions.

Congress is considering a plan to study the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule using data collected by electronic logs. This approach is being suggested by the Trucking Alliance and other groups to counter the effort by American Trucking Associations to have Congress cut off funds for enforcement of the restart provision.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, ATA, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

Tags: FMCSA, Liability, TIA, Highway Bill, Safety, Congress, Legislation, Shippers, Brokers

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Defense Department Needs to Step Up Hazmat Controls, GAO Says

The Department of Defense needs to do a better job handling hazardous materials, says the Government Accountability Office. Hazmat shipments have been improperly documented and packaged, leading to delays and risks to safety and national security, the watchdog agency found.

Tags: FMCSA, Department of Defense, Hazmat, Government Accountability Office, Safety, Safety & Compliance

May 28, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy. The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday, June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Senate, Highway Bill, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Congress, Legislation

May 22, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Hours Exemption for Drivers Serving Oil, Gas Wells

American Trucking Associations is seeking an exemption from the hours-of-service rule for drivers serving natural gas or oil wells.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, Hours of Service, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Regulations

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations, Congress, Regulations, Anne Ferro, The Trucking Alliance, Fatigue, ELDs

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding the trucking industry Wednesday marks the start of new regulations requiring that all U.S. DOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Safety & Compliance, ATA, American Trucking Associations, OOIDA

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Colorado Household Mover Sentenced for Fraud

The owner of a Colorado-based moving company was sentenced earlier this month to nearly three years home confinement following him pleading guilty last year to charges of defrauding customers.

Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Household Goods Movers, Crime, DOT Inspector General

May 16, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Refutes Recent Electronic Logging Device Study

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association responded with criticism on Friday to a recent study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which claims that electronic logging devices would lower truck crash rates.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Research, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, OOIDA, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance, ELDs

May 16, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Wants More Time for Medical Examiners

American Trucking Associations asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a 6-month delay in the start date for the medical examiner registry.

Tags: FMCSA, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Drivers, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

An Extra Month for Electronic Logging Comments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing an extra month for comments on its proposed electronic logging rule. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, representing state police and other enforcement interests, had asked the agency for the one-month extension.

Tags: HOS, EOBR, FMCSA, ELD, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Electronic Logging Devices, Regulations, CVSA

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Controversial Trucking Interest Group Founder Honored by Obama Administration

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx honors Daphne Izer as a Transportation Champion of Change at the White House on May 13, 2014.

The founder of a polarizing trucking interest group was among 11 people honored by the White House earlier this week as a “2014 Transportation Champion of Change.”

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, White House, President Obama, Image, Hours of Service, Fatigue

May 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Coercion Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing rules to protect drivers from coercion by their employers, shippers, receivers or brokers. The rules are aimed in particular at preventing abuse concerning driver hours of service, the commercial drivers license, drug and alcohol rules and hazardous materials rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Coercion, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Company, Owner from Drug Screening Services

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration early this month suspended a company and its owner from providing drug testing screening services.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, California, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance, DOT Inspector General

May 12, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Air Concerns about Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

There’s a big loophole in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse, according to transportation and enforcement interests.

Tags: Drug Testing, FMCSA, Alcohol Testing, Drivers, Regulations, CVSA, National Private Truck Council, NPTC, NTTC, National Tank Truck Carriers, TCA, Truckload Carriers Association, J.B. Hunt, Schneider National, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance

May 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA: Test Shows Significant Safety Benefit from Electronic Logs

Trucks equipped with electronic driver logs have significantly lower crash rates than those without, according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration test.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, ELDs, Electronic Logging Devices, Research, CVSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

The to-and-fro over highway funding continued in the Senate Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx politely deflecting Sen. John Thune’s attempt to get the Obama administration to say it would accept a fuel tax increase.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highways, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Regulations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. DOT, Anthony Foxx

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