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August 26, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts New Carrier Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has completed a years-long effort to streamline and simplify its registration system. In a notice posted Friday, the agency spelled out the changes that will take effect when the new regime kicks in a little over two years from now.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Unified Registration System

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Group Questions NTSB Straight Truck Safety Recommendations

The NAFA Fleet Management Association has raised concerns about straight truck safety recommendations issued earlier this summer by the National Transportation Safety Board after a study found they were not as safe as their larger counterparts.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, CDL, Trucks, U.S. DOT, Medium-Duty Trucks, Private Fleets

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

After the Hours-of-Service Ruling: Research on 34-Hour Restart, Action on Capitol Hill

Even as a federal court was recently upholding most of the hours of service rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been working on a field study of the 34-hour restart that could influence that provision in the future, and there's a move on Capitol Hill to force the agency to return to the old rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Legislation, Hours of Service

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Ready-Mix Concrete Carriers Seek HOS Exemption

UPDATED--The ready-mix concrete industry is asking for an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the new hours-of-service rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, FMCSA, Drivers

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Will Hear Brokers' CSA Challenge in September

A coaltion of groups is challenging CSA. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight brokers will air their case against the CSA safety enforcement program in court next month, with allegations that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrration is putting its safety credentialing responsibility into the hands of brokers and shippers.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, Safety & Compliance

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

Coming Soon: A New Carrier Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is close to publishing a new Unified Registration System for trucking operations. The White House Office of Management and Budget cleared the agency’s plan on Monday.

Tags: FMCSA, Unified Registration System, OMB

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

CSA Safety Measurement System Website Updated, Includes Two New Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the CSA Safety Measurement System website has been updated with new snapshots of fleet performance and two new violations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, Alcohol

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Stands by Oilfield HOS Guidance, Seeks Comments on Other Exemptions

An hours-of-service guidance for oilfield haulers will remain as it is, although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it is open to applications for individual exceptions. In other HOS news, the agency is looking for comments on exempting munitions and livestock haulers from the 30-minute break requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS

August 9, 2013 - Industry News

ELog Proposal Goes to Office of Management and Budget

The Transportation Department sent its proposed Electronic Logging Devices rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting before publication.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Hours of Service, EOBR, Fleets, eLog

August 7, 2013 - Industry News

New Research Adds to Hours of Service Mix

Photo: Jim Park

Just as the hours of service changes take effect, here’s new research on how the rules could affect operations and safety. Two academics, Asvin Goel of Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, and Thibaut Vidal of MIT and the Centre for Research on Transportation in Montreal, studied how carriers can use route optimization to get the most out of their operations under the new rules.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

August 7, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Stops Enforcing Break Requirement on Short-Haul Drivers

Moving quickly to enforce last week’s court decision on hours of service, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will no longer enforce the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul operations.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

Tags: HOS, Hours of Service, FMCSA, Litigation

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if No Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is officially proposing to drop the requirement that truck drivers file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, ATA, CSA, White House, Foxx

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Obama, Congress Talk Infrastructure Funding

President Barack Obama talks with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx aboard Air Force One during the flight to Jacksonville, Fla., where the president called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class. (White House photo)

As Congress squares for the fight over 2014 transportation spending and long-term transportation policy, President Obama called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Congress, Intermodal, White House, Panama Canal, Transporation spending

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

I-80 Challenge Ups Law Enforcement on Roads

Yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa with the the Interstate 80 Challenge was offically launched. The I-80 Challenge is a multi-state awareness and high-visibility enforcement effort to encourage all drivers to drive safely on the Interstate 80 corridor and to support the efforts of the law enforcement officers. The challenge runs from July 24 to July 31.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, I-80

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hair Testing More Reliable for Detecting Illegal Drug Use, HHS Panel Told

Five years of dual testing data from the trucking industry, which included over 200,000 DOT driver candidates from more than 25 different motor carriers, demonstrates that urine testing by itself is no longer effective for pre-employment screening.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Report Says to Expect Three FMCSA Proposals Soon

The U.S. Transportation Department has released its semi-annual regulatory agenda summarizing of all current and projected rulemakings. On the near-term agenda are a drug and alcohol testing database, no-defect DVIRs and electronic driver logs.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, EOBR, ELD, Regulations

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Carrier for Firing Driver Who Refused to Run Over Hours

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Boston has ordered Massachusetts-based motor carrier Brillo Motor Transportation and its owner to reinstate a former employee and pay him $96,864 in back wages and interest, $9,669 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, Hours of Service, Enforcement, Drivers

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Wireless Mobile Devices Cleared as Transponders for Electronic Inspection

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially approved mobile devices such as smart phones and GPS navigators as transponders for electronic inspection and weigh station bypass systems.

Tags: FMCSA, Enforcement

July 17, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Takes Action Against Three Chicago-Area Moving Companies

Three Chicago-area household goods moving companies have had their interstate operating authority revoked or suspended due to serious violations of safety and commercial regulations. In addition, all three companies were assessed civil penalties, announced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Moving Fraud Task Force, Household Goods Movers, Illinois

July 12, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Changes Instructions for Off-Duty Time

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has simplified its instructions for driver off-duty time, issuing a new "guidance" regarding the need to get instructions from employers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlined a nine-year plan to develop the system, contingent on getting its other work done and obtaining the resources for the job.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Drivers, Regulations, Safety

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants 30-Minute Break Waiver to Livestock Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday is expected to publish its granting of a limited 90-day waiver from the 30-minute rest break provision of the federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for the transportation of livestock.

Tags: HOS, FMCSA, Livestock Hauling, Regulations

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

VDO RoadLog EOBR Fleet Software Ready To Meet Latest HOS Regulations

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has upgraded the software for its VDO RoadLog Electronic On Board Recorder in time to meet the July 1 compliance deadline set by FMSCA for Hours-Of-Service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, CSA, HOS

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Announces $1 Million to Train Veterans, Military Families

The Army National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program is putting soldiers behind the wheel while they are in uniform and helping them to qualify for fulltime civilian employment as a truck driver.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced almost $1 million in new grants to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Veterans

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