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New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

June 6, 2013

"Somewhat Contentious" Hearing on Hours of Service, EOBRs Also Discussed

Hours of Service Hearing Scheduled

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will hold a hearing next week on pending changes in the hours of service rule. The hearing, which will be chaired by Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wisc., comes as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prepares to implement changes to the hours rule on July 1.

June 13, 2013

TA Chief O’Brien Carries Torch for Natural Gas

TA Chief O’Brien Carries Torch for Natural Gas

If you’re skeptical about the future of natural gas in trucking, meet Thomas O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. “The math is close enough and we’re moving on,” said O’Brien Tuesday in an assertive message to hundreds of fuel and transportation experts gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo.

June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Partially Upholds ATA in L.A. Port Case

Supreme Court Partially Upholds ATA in L.A. Port Case

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Port of Los Angeles may not impose the placarding and parking requires of its concession plan on trucking companies. This in effect upholds part of the position American Trucking Associations took in pushing for the high court’s review of the port’s concession agreement.

June 13, 2013

EPA Has Big Ambitions for New Heavy Duty Fuel Economy Standards
Logistics Report: Get Used to the ‘New Normal’ of Slow Growth
Foxx Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

Foxx Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

The Senate unanimously confirmed Anthony Foxx as the 17th Secretary of Transportation, to replace Ray LaHood. The 100 – 0 vote this morning concludes a smooth nomination process for the Charlotte, N.C., mayor. He was well received by Republicans as well as Democrats at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.

June 27, 2013

Attorney vs. Attorney on Crash Accountability

Attorney vs. Attorney on Crash Accountability

The debate was civil and informed, but it underscored the deeply held convictions that divide trucking and safety advocacy interests over how the CSA safety enforcement system accounts for fault in crashes.

September 13, 2013

FMCSA Will Address Sleep Apnea Through Rulemaking

FMCSA Will Address Sleep Apnea Through Rulemaking

Who says government is slow and unresponsive? A week ago two Representatives introduced a bill that that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue a guidance. Now there has been some movement.

September 19, 2013

HOS Restart Study Will Be Late

HOS Restart Study Will Be Late

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is not going to meet the September 30 deadline for completing its study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, a Hill staff member reported.

September 17, 2013

FMCSA Getting Closer to Decision on Crash Accountability
FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over

FMCSA Withdraws Driver Training Proposal, Will Start Over

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is withdrawing its proposed rule for entry-level driver training and will start over with a new proposal. The agency explained in a Federal Register announcement that there are substantive problems with the proposal it has been working on since 2007.

September 18, 2013

House Committee to Vote on Sleep Apnea Bill

House Committee to Vote on Sleep Apnea Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee scheduled a Thursday vote on a bill that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders rather than issue a guidance.

September 17, 2013

Higher Fines Are Among FMCSA Rule Changes

Higher Fines Are Among FMCSA Rule Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of rule changes required by last year’s highway law, including higher fines for various violations.

October 1, 2013