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Lane Kidd Leaving Arkansas Trucking Association

Lane Kidd Leaving Arkansas Trucking Association

Lane Kidd and the Arkansas Trucking Association are going separate ways. Kidd, 60, served as president of the association for 22 years. He said he is leaving to focus on The Kidd Group, a public affairs and investment group he founded last year. He also will continue to manage the Trucking Alliance.

February 24, 2014

Carriers Worried but FMCSA Says It’s on Target for Certified Medical Examiners

Carriers Worried but FMCSA Says It’s on Target for Certified Medical Examiners

Starting May 21 all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that by May 21 there will be enough examiners certified to handle the work, but trucking interests are not so sure.

February 21, 2014

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to plug some holes in the regulatory net with its proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The clearinghouse, which has been on the safety wish list for 15 years, is designed to prevent commercial drivers from hiding drug or alcohol violations and ensure that carriers are meeting their responsibility to test for substance abuse.

February 20, 2014

Obama Starts Next Truck Fuel Economy Rule
FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.

February 12, 2014

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

Safety Advisors Post Wish List for Highway Bill

An advisory panel is encouraging federal regulators to push for several dozen safety reforms in the upcoming highway bill, ranging from changing how drivers are paid to establishing an entirely new approach to hours of service.

February 11, 2014

GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program has been successful in some respects but needs improvements, says the Government Accountability Office. CSA has helped the agency expand its reach, among other benefits, but because of data shortcomings it is not as strong a predictor of crash risk as it could be, the watchdog agency said.

February 4, 2014

NHTSA Will Go Ahead with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Initiative for Cars
Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

January 30, 2014

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Fund Highways
Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Police and roadside inspectors are calling for changes in how the Department of Transportation administers the truck safety program. At a hearing Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Thomas Fuller, a sergeant in the New York State Police, outlined what the enforcement community wants in the next highway bill.

January 29, 2014

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Congress is getting to work on the next highway bill. At its opening hearing on reauthorization on Jan. 14, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard urgent calls for a bipartisan approach to sustainable funding, a multi-year program and federal leadership.

January 27, 2014

Administration Urges Quick Action on Highway Funding

Administration Urges Quick Action on Highway Funding

The Obama administration continues to send urgent signals that the Highway Trust Fund is in trouble. In remarks Monday to the American Trucking Associations Executive Committee, Peter Rogoff, acting under secretary at the Transportation Department, said the fund probably will run into the red before the program ends Oct. 1.

January 27, 2014

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

January 21, 2014

Ferro Responds to Critics of Zero Truck Fatality Goal During TRB