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December 26, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 1

As we look back at 2013, here's 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, CDL, Sleep Apnea, Legislation, Regulations, Insurance

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Looking for Ideas on New Entrant Testing

FMCSA wants to know whether the new-entrant exam should include just regulations or industry best practices as well. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scheduled a public listening session on how to test the trucking knowledge of would-be carriers, brokers and freight forwarders.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Brokers, Freight Forwarders Seek Relief from Bond

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on requests to exempt brokers and some freight forwarders from the new $75,000 bond requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Brokers, Household Goods Movers

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Sleeper Berth Test

UPDATED (2) -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on a field test of alternatives to the current sleeper berth rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Hours of Service, Minnesota Trucking Association

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Emergency hauling declarations, suspending hours of service rules for truck drivers, are piling up across the nation.

Tags: FMCSA, Gasoline, Drivers, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Diesel Fuel, Weather, Propane Transport

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Comment Period for Proposed CSA/SMS Website Changes

The website has come under fire by some trucking groups over what they believe are misrepresentations on the site when it comes to safety records and actual carrier performance.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, SMS

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New HOS Rules Could Mean Higher Consumer Costs

New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service regulations for truckers could mean increased costs for consumers, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, HOS, Fleets

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Chooses Configurations for Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration will look at eight types of tractor-trailer combinations in its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights.

Tags: FMCSA, FHWA, Size and Weight

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers Changing Driver Vision Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to ease its standards for granting exemptions to driver vision requirements.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Driver Safety

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eases Enforcement of Break Requirement for Short-Haul Drivers

Short-haul drivers who find that they unexpectedly exceed their daily limits can get relief from enforcement of the 30-minute break requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service, Driver Safety

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

DAT Analyst Sees Truckload Rates Reflecting Hours Rule

Truckload carriers are raising their rates to cover increased costs from the new hours-of service rule, but not enough to keep up with the estimated loss of productivity, says Mark Montague of DAT, the load matching and analytic services company.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Two More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Photo courtesy of MnDOT.

Governors of two states has issued emergency declarations, waiving federal hours of service regulations, for some truckers due to cold weather.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Maine, South Dakota

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

ATA, Minnesota Trucking Association Request Sleeper Berth Pilot Project

The American Trucking Associations and the Minnesota Trucking Association have jointly petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a pilot program to study the effect of increased flexibility in the use of sleeper berth breaks by truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, Minnesota Trucking Association, Regulations

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Exemptions Issued for North Dakota and Minnesota

An emergency order has been issued in North Dakota for truckers delivering diesel fuel. The move by Gov. Jack Dalrymple is in response to colder-than-normal temperatures leading to extremely low supplies of diesel.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Minnesota, North Dakota, Diesel Fuel, Winter, Propane Transport

December 6, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Revokes Around 2,000 Freight Broker Licenses

UPDATED -- Nearly 10% of the nation’s freight brokers no longer have their licenses following new federal regulations that took effect requiring a higher bonding amount, while another source says the number is even higher.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Freight, Brokers, AIPBA

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Senator Urges FMCSA to Act on Food Safety

A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on food safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Considers More Exemptions from Hearing Regulation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will consider additional applications for exemptions from the federal hearing standard prohibiting deaf truck drivers from interstate operations. The first 40 such individuals to receive these exemptions were approved in February.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Moves to Fix CSA Data Problem

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving to fix a longtime problem in its CSA safety enforcement system. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to start including in its CSA database the results of court rulings on carrier challenges of roadside inspection citations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety & Compliance, SMS

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Group Loses Appeal to Stop Broker Bond Hike

The Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents lost a challenge on Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to delay enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new broker bond requirement that takes full effect on Dec. 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Brokers, AIPBA

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA’s Moving Fraud Task Force Shuts Down Five Companies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Moving Fraud Task Force has shut down five household goods moving companies in Florida, South Carolina and Maryland for holding customer shipments hostage and failing to turn over records related to their investigations.

Tags: FMCSA, Household Goods Movers

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

Little Common Ground at Restart Hearing

The subject at Thursday’s House hearing was truck driver hours-of-service regulations, but the target was federal regulation of business. Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, testified that the 34-hour restart provision of the rule will save an estimated 19 lives a year.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Anne Ferro

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Study Says PSP Program Lowering Crash and Driver OOS Numbers

A recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report shows that motor carriers using the agency’s Pre-Employment Screening Program are seeing a greater decline in crash rates than those who are not using it.

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

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, ATRI

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Levies $1 Million Fine Against Carrier for Firing Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Gaines Motor Lines of N.C., along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to compensate four former truck drivers who were fired in violation of federal whistleblower laws.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, OSHA, Fleets, Safety and Compliance

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Study: New HOS Rules Result in Productivity Losses

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday released the findings of its latest analysis of the operational and economic impacts resulting from the new hours-of-service rules that went into effect July 1.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, ATA, Hours of Service, ATRI, Fleets

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