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August 20, 2014 - Industry News

Gaines Motor Lines Agrees to $262,500 Settlement Over Fired Drivers

The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Gaines Motor Lines and its owners that includes paying more than a quarter of a million dollars to resolve findings made by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking another swing at a driver training rule, this time suggesting negotiations to resolve details that sidelined an earlier proposal.

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

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Shippers Air Concerns about Driver Coercion Proposal

Federal truck safety regulations are venturing into new territory with a proposal to protect drivers from coercion, igniting concerns among shippers and others about how the rule will affect them.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Coercion, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Shippers, NITL, Brokers, Owner-Operators

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Company Fined Nearly $1 Million for Hours of Service Violations, Firings

OSHA says an asphalt paving company wrongfully terminated an unnamed foreman plus two unnamed truck drivers for raising safety concerns after being told to violate trucker hours of service regulations.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Revised Rules Proposed for “Reverse Logistics” Hazmat Shipments

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has proposed revising hazardous materials regulations when it comes to return shipments of certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle.

Tags: Regulations, PHMSA, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administra

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Small Fleet to Rehire Fired Trucker, Pay Back Wages

An Oregon trucker wrongly fired for refusing to drive an unsafe vehicle will get her job back, plus reimbursement for back wages and compensation for fees associated with the case, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

Poll: Americans Want More Fuel Efficient Trucks

While Congress is out on vacation, one lobby group is reminding lawmakers while they are out talking with voters back home that a large majority of Americans favor requiring truck manufacturers to increase the fuel economy of large trucks, at least according to its poll.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Survey

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Particulate Filter Sales Soaring in California

Sales of diesel particulate filters for commercial trucks and buses in California increased at the end of 2013 and in the first half of 2014 compared to the first half of 2013, according a survey released by the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, DPF, Aftermarket, Diesel Particulate Filter

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Upgrades to CSA Safety Data Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of changes designed to improve the Safety Measurement System website, some in response to industry feedback.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, CSA, SMS, Regulations

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Sue FMCSA Over Motor Carrier Management Information System

A group of truck drivers has filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over records the agency keeps on carriers and drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Massachusetts, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Farmer Cooperative Cited, Fined by OSHA for Truck Driver Death

Following the death of a truck driver at Midwest Farmers Cooperative's grain handling facility in Tecumseh, Neb., the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company for 12 serious safety violations and proposed $62,101 in penalties.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Nebraska, Safety & Compliance

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

BigRoad, NASTC Applaud FMCSA's Revised Guidance for Smartphone RODS

FMCSA's recent ruling on e-logging with laptop computers, tablets and smartphones puts valid compliance tools into the hand of small fleets and owner-operators at a reasonable cost.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, E-logs

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

PHMSA Proposing Changes to Bulk Explosives Transportation Rules

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing to amend hazardous materials regulations by establishing standards for the safe transportation of bulk explosives, according to a Federal Register notice set to be published Tuesday.

Tags: Regulations, PHMSA, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administra

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA to Issue New Rules on Underride Guards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested underride guards and found many lacking.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted a petition from the Truck Safety Coalition and will issue an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to rear impact/underride guards and other safety strategies for single unit trucks.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Underride, NHTSA

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Court Rules California Truckers Entitled to Paid Breaks

Truck drivers in California are entitled to paid rest breaks and meal breaks, according to a Wednesday ruling from a federal court in San Francisco.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, California, Hours of Service, Litigation

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Reaction to ELD Proposal Goes Full Circle

UPDATED -- Comments on the proposed Electronic Logging Device mandate cover the full spectrum of reactions, from outrage and disdain at Big Brother government to applause for a sensible and long-overdue safety rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 30,000 on Certified Medical Examiners Registry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since the new system for U.S. DOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers.

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

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Group Challenges Call for Ferro Resignation

A group of a dozen owner-operators is challenging the call of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for resignation of the top federal truck safety official. “Most of us are members of OOIDA and we respectfully disagree with our leadership on this issue,” the group said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, Owner-Operators, Drivers, Regulations

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian Truckers Slam Increasing U.S. Border Fees

Canadian truckers have blasted a U.S. proposal that would greatly hike some fees at the border. The fleet group, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, says it strongly objects to a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to substantially raise the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service fees.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Surface Trade

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Halts Debate on HOS Restart Provision

Partisan differences halted Senate debate on an appropriations bill that includes a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. As the debate began, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced an amendment that would change Sen. Susan Collins’s provision calling for suspension of the restart and a study of its impact.

Tags: Legislation, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34 Hour Restart, Regulations, FMCSA, Congress, Safety & Compliance

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Court Upholds Firing of Alcoholic Truck Driver

Lawyers for Sakari Jarvela claimed the company violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and other federal law, after he was diagnosed with alcoholism in 2010.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Truck Drivers, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Crete Carrier Corp.

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Appeals Court Rejects Broker Suit Against CSA

A group of small carriers and brokers lost their legal challenge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program. In a ruling handed down Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the suit by the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Brokers, Litigation, Regulations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian In-Transit Shipments Closer to Resuming in U.S.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance said an agreement between the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service has been reached to restore carriers’ ability to conduct in-transit movements of Canadian domestic shipments through the United States.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, CTA, Canadian Trucking Alliance

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Named OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Director

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said Tuesday that longtime trucker and owner-operator Scott Grenerth has joined OOIDA as Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Truck Drivers, OOIDA, Owner-Operators

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

House Amendment Would Stop FMCSA Insurance Rulemaking

UPDATED -- The U.S. House approved an amendment that would stop the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from changing insurance minimums. The amendment is a long way from becoming law but it highlights opposition to the agency even considering a change in the minimums.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, Legislation, Regulations

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