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October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, MCSAC, Medical Examiners, Medications, Driver Health, Regulations

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Cites Central Transport Again, $145,000 in Fines Proposed

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited trucking company Central Transport LLC for 16 safety and health violations at its Hillside, Ill., terminal.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Central Transport

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Hits Carrier with $43,000 in Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a solid waste removal trucking company for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton, Georgia, facility.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Georgia, Enforcement

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Driver of this trash truck said he didn’t hear the train’s horn, but investigators said he had just gotten a phone call and failed to stop, look and listen. Photo from the NTSB report.

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Ends Cross-Border Pilot, Grants Authority to Mexican Carriers

A three-year pilot program testing the safety of cross-border trucking between the U.S. and Mexico is ending, and the Mexican truck lines that have been providing long-distance, cross-border service under that pilot program will move to normal operating status. HDT Washington Editor Oliver Patton has the details.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Mexican Trucking, FMCSA, Regulations, NAFTA

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

Blunt: Regs Could Keep U.S. From Taking Advantage of Opportunity

Roy Blunt, R-Mo., talks regulations at ATA MC&E. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- The United States has exciting opportunities it can take advantage of, if the government shows a little common sense and doesn't allow over-regulation to stand in the way. That was the message of Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., speaking Sunday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. Senate, ATA MC&E

October 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Lays Out 2015 Priorities at ATA

FMCSA Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenberg talks about the agency's 2015 priorities. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO – Even though next year is still about three months away, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set some priorities for 2015, including electronic logs and "inspection modernization."

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, CSA, ATA MC&E

October 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Rule on Hearing-Impaired Drivers

Safety rules say that truck drivers must be able to adequately read and speak English, but that does not mean that hearing-impaired drivers who do not speak are barred from driving, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, English, Regulations, Driver Safety

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Service Checks On DOT Examiners for Carriers

The National Registry Verification Service from J.J. Keller ensures for motor carriers that medical examiners performing DOT mandated physicals on drivers are officially qualified to do so.

Tags: DOT, J.J. Keller, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2014 - Product News

FMCSA Makes Changes to SMS Website to Improve User Experience

Joseph DeLorenzo, director office of enforcement and compliance, FMCSA, explained change to the agency’s SMS website during a conference at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville. Photo: Jim Beach

An FMCSA representative offers a guide to the changes in the website that hosts and displays safety information under the government's Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program plus a rules update at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, SMS, CSA, TMW Systems, Hours of Service, Regulations

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates, Teamsters Sue for Training Rule

Safety advocates and the Teamsters union are suing to force the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue truck driver training rules. The suit comes just a month after the agency launched an attempt to negotiate a rule because it has not been able to draft a rule that would be accepted by all the parties.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Regulations, Teamsters

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Indicted for Making False Statements

Failing to disclose previous accidents has led to a truck driver facing federal charges. Arnold Williams was indicted for false statements on a commercial driver employment application, according to release from the U.S. Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Recruiting, Safety & Compliance

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Small Carrier Ordered Closed Following FMCSA Investigation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Grand Ridge, Florida-based trucking company to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

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

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Challenging FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

One trucking company is challenging an out-of-service order it received in August from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following a fatal accident.

Tags: Maintenance, FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration, Suppliers Agree to Phase Out HFC Refrigerants

The Obama administration and refrigeration suppliers have joined in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, a move that will affect use of refrigerants in trucks.

Tags: EPA, Refrigerant, Greenhouse Gas, GHG, Regulations, President Obama, Carrier Transicold, Thermo King

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Central Transport Fined More Than $100,000 by OSHA

The trucking company Central Transport has been cited for five workplace violations by the Occupational Safety Health Administration at its trucking terminal in Rock Island, Illinois following a formal complaint.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Fleets, Enforcement, Central Transport

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends New-Applicant Screening Test

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending its test of a new approach to screening new entrants into trucking. It also is adjusting how the screening process works.

Tags: FMCSA, New Entrants, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Household Movers Seek Exemption to 14-Hour Rule

Household goods movers say driver need to be able to drive from a delivery to a safe parking spot even if it's past the 14-hour window. Photo: Atlas Van Lines

Household goods movers represented by the American Moving and Storage Association are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption to one part of hours of service regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, American Moving & Storage Association, Household Goods Movers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Stifel's John Larkin says that the driver shortage is now affecting less-than-truckload, private fleets and other industry sectors. Photo: Southeastern Freight Lines.

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Stifel Nicolaus, Drivers

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

CARB’s 2007 Reefer Deadline at End of August

The California Air Resources Board has issued a reminder there are just a few days left before the Aug. 31 deadline for ordering new transport refrigeration units, known commonly as reefers, and engines, if you want to qualify for an extension.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Reefers, Emissions, Trailers

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

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