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March 17, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Releases CSA App, ATA Calls It Irresponsible

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has released a smartphone app that will allow for more convenient access to current online safety performance information on interstate truck and bus companies. The ATA called the move irresponsible.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, CSA, U.S. DOT, BASIC, Mobile Apps, Safety & Compliance

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Oakley Transportation Names New Safety Director

Kelly McDowell, Director of Safety and Compliance at Oakley Transportation Group. Photo courtesy of Oakley

Oakley Transportation Group has named Kelly L. McDowell its new Director of Safety and Compliance. He will be charged with integrating safety programs within every section of the company.

Tags: Driver Safety, Leadership, Safety & Compliance, People

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Carrier Ordered to Pay Nearly Half a Million Dollars to 12 Former Drivers

The trucking company PAM Transport Inc. has been ordered to pay 12 of its former truck drivers a total of $477,399 in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, EEOC, PAM Transport

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Small Carrier Shut Down Due to Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a small Aurora, Colorado-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it immediately shut down on Feb. 12, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier for Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Las Vegas, -based JDJD Transportation to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing several widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Nevada, Safety & Compliance

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Fined $119,000 Over Trucking Terminal Explosion

The trucking company Saia Motor Freight Line has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an investigation regarding an explosion at one of its terminals last August, injuring four employees.

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

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders South Dakota Carrier, Driver Out of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Mitchell, South Dakota-based trucking company and its owner-driver to be imminent hazards to public safety and ordered both to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate commercial operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Truck Drivers, Safety & Compliance, South Dakota

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Washington State Files Lawsuit Against Trucker, Carrier Over Bridge Collapse

Water level view of the accident scene. Photo: NTSB

The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday filed a $17 million lawsuit to recoup the costs of response and repair following the 2013 over-height truck collision that caused a portion of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 to collapse.

Tags: Washington, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Skagit River Bridge, Bridges, Oversize Loads

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

New Enrollment Requirements for TWIC Applicants

TWIC check at the Port of Tacoma in Washington. Photo: Port of Tacoma

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration announced some changes to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card program, used by truckers and other transportation workers to access the nation’s maritime ports.

Tags: Security, Truck Drivers, Department of Homeland Security, Safety & Compliance, Ports, Transportation Security Administration, TWIC, Port Trucking

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Officially OKs Non-Compliant Double Coin Tires

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration officially notified CMA and Double Coin Holdings that Double Coin Tires missing a load rating sidewall marker are not a threat to vehicle safety.

Tags: Double Coin, Safety & Compliance, CMA, NHTSA

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Overall Traffic Deaths Decline, Truck-Involved Fatalities Edge Higher

The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, Crash-Related Injuries, Safety & Compliance, NHTSA

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Sentence Handed Down in Drug, Alcohol Testing Fraud Case

A Tennessee woman has been sentenced in federal court in to four years probation and eight months home detention following her conviction of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud trucking companies over drug and alcohol test results of drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance, Alcohol Testing

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier Owner Sentenced for Violating FMCSA Order

The owner of an interstate livestock carrier has been sentenced to a year’s probation for violating a Federal Motor Carrier imminent hazard out of service order.

Tags: Regulations, Tennessee, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

Specialized Carriers Seek Exemption from 30-Minute Break Requirement

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from the provision, which says drivers must take a half-hour break in an 8-hour shift.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Regulations, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Washington State Patrol Faults Trucker for I-5 Bridge Collapse

Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol on Monday released the findings of an investigation that determined that the truck that hit the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was 2 inches over-height.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports. “We need some relief now,” said Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Ports, Regulations, Port Trucking, Safety & Compliance

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Driver Training Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for more information about entry-level driver training, as part of its effort to craft a rule. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to survey newly licensed drivers about the relationship between their training and their safety performance.

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

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Georgia Man Violated Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has been sentenced by a federal judge to 12 months probation after pleading guilty early this year to violating a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration out-of-service order.

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

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 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 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 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 10, 2014 - Industry News

Haz-Mat Carrier Loses FMCSA Appeal

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tankers, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Hot Zones Affect National CSA Scores

Exposure to enforcement hot-spots can skew your CSA scores. There may not be much you can do to influence local enforcement priorities, but you can take steps to eliminate the violations at the source.

Tags: CSA, Vigillo, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Failing to Wear Seat Belt

Comedian Tracy Morgan in 2009. Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

In a response to a lawsuit against Walmart related to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart tractor trailer, Walmart stated that Morgan and the other passengers involved in the crash disregarded their own safety by choosing not to wearing seat belts.

Tags: Seat Belts, Fatigue, Accidents, Walmart, Litigation, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

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