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February 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Says Separate Study Confirms CSA Effectiveness, ATA Balks

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claims a new study confirms its Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety, ATA, Research, CSA, GAO, SMS

February 4, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program has been successful in some respects but needs improvements, says the Government Accountability Office. CSA has helped the agency expand its reach, among other benefits, but because of data shortcomings it is not as strong a predictor of crash risk as it could be, the watchdog agency said.

Tags: Safety, CSA, GAO, FMCSA, Regulations, Government Accountability Office

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

ATA and others are critical of results of a study on the new hours of service rules. (Photo by Jim Park)

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Safety

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Expands Cold Weather Emergency Declarations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has expanded emergency declarations it issued earlier this month, waiving enforcement of some federal regulations for certain movements of propane and other home heating fuels due to shortages

Tags: FMCSA, Florida, Drivers, Hours of Service, North Dakota, Safety & Compliance, South Dakota, Propane Transport

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proves Benefit of Restart Rule, FMCSA Says

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours-of-service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Motor Safety Administration reports.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, Hours of Service

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Police and roadside inspectors are calling for changes in how the Department of Transportation administers the truck safety program. At a hearing Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Thomas Fuller, a sergeant in the New York State Police, outlined what the enforcement community wants in the next highway bill.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, FMCSA, Safety, Congress, CSA, DataQ, MCSAP

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Plenty of Drivers and Enforcement Officers Still Don’t Understand CSA

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Transportation Research Institute has released a new white paper showing a majority of the nation’s truck drivers do not have an understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety and Accountability program. CSA was rolled out nationally just over three years ago

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, American Transportation Research Institute, CSA, ATRI, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, CVSA

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal Nears Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now one step away from publishing a proposal to create a national database containing driver drug and alcohol test results.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing, Safety & Compliance

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Dips in November but Remains in Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Capacity, Freight Index

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, Safety and Compliance, Propane Transport

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

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