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April 24, 2014 - Industry News

Big Fee Hike to be Proposed for Some U.S. Bound Cross-Border Shipments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced proposed changes to the fees it charges to recoup costs for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at U.S. ports of entry.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Safety & Compliance, Freight, Canadian Trucking Alliance

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Report Finds Problems with FMCSA Hours-of-Service Study

The American Transportation Research Institute on Tuesday released the findings of its evaluation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s field study report on the new hours-of0service rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, American Transportation Research Institute, Hours of Service, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, HOS, ATRI, Safety & Compliance

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Starts New Rule on Insurance Minimums

The time has come to take a close look at the minimum insurance requirements for trucking, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In a new report to Congress the agency said it is clear that the current minimums need to be reevaluated.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Regulations

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Files Petitions for Haz-Mat Exemptions

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is taking comments on two applications from the American Trucking Associations claiming hazardous materials laws in two cities are unfair.

Tags: Regulations, New York City, PHMSA, City of Pittsburgh, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Comment Period on Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the comment period on its proposal to establish a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results.

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

April 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Faces Nearly $1 Million In Fines Over Oilfield Waste Dumping

A Wyoming-based trucking company is facing possible fines of more than $1 million for illegally dumping saltwater on a road, while criminal charges have been filed against the driver.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, North Dakota, Fleets, Crime, Wyoming

April 17, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Overrules FMCSA Shutdown Order of Illinois Trucking Company

Just over two weeks after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered an Illinois-based trucking company to shut down all interstate movements, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled it can return to the roadway.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Enforcement, CSA, Illinois

April 16, 2014 - Industry News

One Indicted for Falsifying Trucker Drug Test Results

A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Penn. early this month indicted one person in connection with a scheme to defraud trucking companies over drug test results of drivers.

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, Pennsylvania, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Update Next Month on Federal Truck Size and Weight Limits Study

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is holding a webinar next month to provide an update on the progress of its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study.

Tags: Regulations, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Safety & Compliance, FHWA, Truck Weights, US DOT, Truck Sizes

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Subcommittee Meeting on CSA Set

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a date of April 29 and 30 has been set for the next meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability subcommittee in Arlington, Va.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Safety & Compliance, SMS, MCSAC

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Some TSA TWIC Services to be Temporarily Offline

The Transportation Security Administration says it is upgrading its technology to improve reliability, expand capabilities, meaning some specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Transportation Security Administration, TWIC

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Sen. Durbin Seeks Review of FMCSA Investigative Practices

Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., asked the Transportation Department’s Inspector General to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The agency dropped the ball on an investigation of a carrier that later was involved in a fatal crash, Durbin said in his April 9 letter to IG Calvin Scovel.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Drops Many Recent Emergency Trucking Rule Exemptions

After consulting with representatives of state governors The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rescinded certain emergency exemptions to trucking regulations, but is keeping them for half a dozen states, following heating fuel shortages.

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

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Citing Low Medical Examiner Numbers, OOIDA Calls for Registry Delay

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extend the registration deadline for certified medical examiners, claiming there is a shortage of medical examiners that have been accepted into the new national registry.

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

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Food Safety Rules Could Create Headaches for Carriers

Fleets that haul food products should take a proactive approach with their food service clients to ensure a smooth implementation of rules governing the transport of foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011.

Tags: Telematics, Regulations, FDA, Reefers, Truckload Carriers Association

April 6, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Expects Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Mandates

Bendix expects a mandate for collision avoidance systems.

By the time 2020 rolls around, you can expect new trucks to be equipped with mandatory stability control and collision avoidance technology, according to Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix.

Tags: Regulations, Electronic Stability Control, Bendix, Mid-America Trucking Show, Collision Avoidance, NHTSA

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Natural Gas, Aerodynamics Will Help Meet Future Fuel Economy Goals

The report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles, as is presently the case for diesel and gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Expanding the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and greater use of aerodynamic devices on trailers are among the strategies recommended by a new National Research Council report for reducing fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, transit buses, commercial vehicles, trucks, and other medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Tags: Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Aerodynamics, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Side Underride Guards Among NTSB Safety Recommendations

These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.

Tags: Trailers, NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, Safety & Compliance, Underride, NHTSA, Tractor Trailers, Accidents, Regulations

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier Following Driver Ban over Fatal Illinois Crash

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered DND International to immediately shut down, after declaring the Naperville, Illinois-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

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

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Texas Trucking Company Over Safety Concerns

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the operating authority trucking company on Tuesday, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety, for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers and the motoring public at risk.

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

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Listening Session Draws Ideas for New-Entrant Requirements

Anne Ferro, FMCSA administrator, asks a question while Larry Minor and other agency officials look on. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE – There were a variety of suggestions from industry players on how to implement a new-entrant testing system Friday during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's public listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Mid-America Trucking Show, Brokers

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

ELD Proposal Open for Comments

The clock has started for comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed electronic log mandate. The proposal will be published in the Federal Register Friday March 28, starting a two-month period when the agency will accept comments.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, ELD, Hours of Service, Regulations

March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Signs Propane Delivery Exemptions into Law

Following quick passage by Congress, President Obama has signed legislation allowing for the expedited delivery of propane and heating fuel through May 31.

Tags: Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, President Obama, Propane Transport

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Use of Employment Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have co-published two technical assistance documents explaining how the agencies' respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Background Checks, Fleets, Employment

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

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