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March 25, 2014 - Industry News

Preview of the Mid-America Trucking Show This Week

Many trucking journalists and trucking professionals are headed to Louisville, Ky., this week for the Mid-America Trucking Show, which has officially sold out. Editors from Heavy Duty Trucking will be covering the event and we will be reporting on what's happening at the show.

Tags: FMCSA, Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, Goodyear Highway Hero

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Operations in Iowa and Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has ordered the immediate shut-down of two trucking operations carriers, each for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers and the public at risk.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Changes Truck-Trailer Weight Definition

In a move to clarify enforcement practices, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is changing the definition of weight in single-unit trucks that are towing a trailer.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Weights, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Fate of Propane Waivers Bill Rests with President Obama

Late last week the Senate unanimously approved H.R. 4076, which extends these waivers through the end of May.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, HOS, President Obama, Propane

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Electronic Log Proposal Takes on Long-Standing Issues

After the agency reviews the comments and publishes a final rule, perhaps later this year, carriers will have two years to comply.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate, unveiled Thursday, takes on a broad range of issues that have dogged the 15-year effort to draft a rule. HDT's Oliver Patton reports on what's in the 256-page proposal that would require drivers who fill out paper logs to eventually switch to electronic logging devices, or ELDs.

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety and Compliance, ELD, Regulations

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Electronic Logbook Regulations

Electronic logs are currently optional but have been adopted by many fleets.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just unveiled its proposal for mandatory electronic logbooks, or "Electronic Logging Devices," for interstate commercial truck and bus drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, EOBR, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance, ELD, Regulations, Fatigue

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

Tags: HOS, Highway Funding, EOBR, FMCSA, Congress, Highways, Hours of Service

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Proposed ELog Mandate Nears Publication

The long-awaited proposal to require electronic logging devices is close to publication. The White House Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday cleared the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and sent it back to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for publication.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, Regulations

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets Time for MATS Hearing on New Entrant Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set the time for a listening session it announced earlier for this year’s Mid America Trucking Show, which is later this month.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

CSA Program Improving But More Changes Needed, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making progress on improving its CSA safety enforcement program, but it needs to step up the pace, says the Transportation Department Inspector General in a new report.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, DOT Inspector General, DataQ

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Emergency Hauling Declarations Extended Once Again

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regional offices have once again extended emergency declarations waiving certain federal regulations for those involved in the interstate hauling of emergency relief supplies as cold weather continues in the Midwest and Northeast.

Tags: FMCSA, Diesel, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Transport

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Court Allows DataQ Challenge Lawsuit to Proceed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled in favor of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association regarding which court will hear its case on the issue of DataQ challenges.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Litigation, DataQ, CSA

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Three Convicted in $1 Million Truck, Trailer and Cargo Theft Conspiracy

Three Kansas City, Mo., area men have been convicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to steal nearly $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Tags: FMCSA, Investigation, Cargo Theft, Crime

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Official Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme

An official with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has pleaded guilty for her role in a conspiracy to obtain fraudulent tax refunds, sometimes using the personal information of other individuals without their knowledge or permission.

Tags: FMCSA, IRS, Office of Inspector General, Fraud, Crime

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Worried but FMCSA Says It’s on Target for Certified Medical Examiners

Starting May 21 all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that by May 21 there will be enough examiners certified to handle the work, but trucking interests are not so sure.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations, Driver Health

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to plug some holes in the regulatory net with its proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The clearinghouse, which has been on the safety wish list for 15 years, is designed to prevent commercial drivers from hiding drug or alcohol violations and ensure that carriers are meeting their responsibility to test for substance abuse.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Safety, Drug Testing

February 16, 2014 - Industry News

Arbitration Action Filed Against U.S. Over Mexican Trucking

Mexico’s biggest trucking association has filed a $30 billion dollar arbitration claim against the United States for refusing to fully open the country to trucks from south of the border, as called for in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance, Supreme Court, Teamsters, President Obama

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, MCSAC

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Drivers

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license holders.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Fleets, Safety and Compliance, Alcohol Testing

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Ordered Off the Road by FMCSA Following Fatal Crash

Following a Jan. 27 crash killing an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injuring an Illinois State Police trooper, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Illinois-licensed truck driver Renato V. Velasquez to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

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

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, MCSAC, Highway Bill

February 11, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Pulls Authority of Carrier in Long-Haul Mexico Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the authority of one of 14 Mexico-based trucking companies it approved earlier to run in its long-haul cross-border program.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Safety and Compliance

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Broker Bond Company Owner Indicted

The owner of a freight broker bond company was indicted in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, Calif. late last month in connection with a trust fund scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Office of Inspector General, Brokers, Crime

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty to Helping to Violate Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to federal charges filed last year charging he helped violate an out-of-service order, according to the U.S. Transportation Department’s Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Safety and Compliance, Crime

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Two Drivers and Company from the Road

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered two drivers and one trucking to seek life outside of the trucking industry following what it describes as some dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

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

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