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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 3, 2014 - Industry News

Big Judgement Against Carrier Over Deadly 2011 Nevada Train Crash

A jury decided a civil case on Friday that pitted the nation’s passenger rail service against one trucking company, with the fleet having to pay more than $4.5 million in damages, according to Courthouse News Service.

Tags: Accidents, drivers, NTSB, Nevada, Railroads, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

August 27, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Installs DataQs Fix

Carriers and drivers can now get a violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it. Under a system that went live August 23, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s DataQs portal.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, drivers, Safety & Compliance

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

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

Roadcheck Results Differ Little From Last Year

The percentage of trucks put out of service during the three-day, continent-wide truck inspection blitz known as Roadcheck fell only slightly this year from 2013, while the driver figure edged higher.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspections, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Roadcheck, Roadside inspection

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 11, 2014 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Set for September

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has designated September 7 through September 13 as Brake Safety Week, an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

Tags: drivers, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspections, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, Safety & Compliance, CVSA

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety

A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.

Tags: safety, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, Safety & Compliance, Trailers, Longer Combination Vehicles, Railroads, UMTRI

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Two New PrePass Weigh Stations in Mississippi

Help Inc. opened two fully operational PrePass weigh stations in Mississippi on I-55, 20 miles south of Memphis.

Tags: Weigh Stations, Help Inc., PrePass, Mississippi, Enforcement, drivers, Safety & Compliance

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Pennsylvania Turnpike Gets Higher Speed Limit

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Wednesday placed a 70 mph speed limit on a 100-mile stretch of toll road in the south-central part of the state, up from 65 mph.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highways, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits, Interstate, Pennsylvania Turnpike

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Awarded $55 Million from FMCSA, NHTSA

Richard Hanowski

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been awarded two federal contracts worth a combined potential $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and conduct research in the field of automated vehicles.

Tags: drivers, Truck Safety, Research, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Safety & Compliance, Automated Driving

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 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 14, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho Speed Limits Moving Higher Following Delay

Following a review of engineering and traffic safety reports, the Idaho Transportation Board approved a plan on Friday to increase the speed limit on selected rural sections of interstates in southern and eastern Idaho in early August.

Tags: safety, Idaho, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Tracy Morgan, Others Sue Walmart Over Truck Crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart following a crash last month on the New Jersey Turnpike in which he was severely injured, while James McNair, a comedian known as Jimmy Mack was killed and two others were hurt.

Tags: Accidents, drivers, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Fatigue, Safety & Compliance, Walmart, Litigation, 34-Hour Restart

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

PrePass Membership Hits Highest Number Ever at 475,000

Help Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership that provides PrePass weigh station bypass and truck safety screening services, reached a milestone in May, with more than 475,000 pre-screened and qualified commercial trucks signed up for its services, the highest number ever.

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Help Inc., PrePass

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

80-mph Speed Limit Coming to Nearly 500 Miles of Wyoming Roadways

Truck drivers and car drivers, along with anyone in between, will soon be able to legally drive up to 80 mph on 488 miles of rural interstate highway in Wyoming.

Tags: Wyoming, Speed Limits, safety, Safety & Compliance

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Christopher Hart Nominated as NTSB Chairman

Hart faces confirmation by the Senate to fill the position left open when Deborah Hersman left earlier this year to lead the National Safety Council. During Hersman’s tenure, NTSB has been active in promoting truck safety in numerous ways ranging from electronic logs to distracted driving to parking.

Tags: safety, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, People

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Some Idaho Speed Limits Moving Higher on July 1

Drivers in Idaho will see the first change to interstate speed limits in nearly two decades beginning July 1 with an increase on most rural stretches of interstate across Southern Idaho, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Tags: safety, Idaho, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Annette M. Sandberg, principle, TransSafe Consulting.

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Safety and Compliance, 34-Hour Restart

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

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