After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.
April 18, 2014
Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.
March 17, 2014
Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.
August 29, 2013
In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report. Nine more states plus the District of Columbia are considering legislation to do the same thing.
May 13, 2013
In the two years it has been up and running, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has demonstrated many flaws and shortcomings. But the program is credited with the signal achievement of shining a brighter light on truck safety.
January 16, 2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat
January 6, 2013
The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through
January 6, 2013
The federal law that sets long-term surface transportation policy will expire next October.
October 1, 2008
The FMCSA may expand its proposed requirement for electronic onboard recorders to include all carriers, rather than just those who persistently violate the hours of service rules.
May 1, 2008
Our man in Washington reports on wireless and trucking, FMCSA wireless roadside inspections, and hours of service rules
January 1, 2008
Everybody knows that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration writes and enforces all the safety rules. It's the top cop when it comes to such regs. But the agency has added a new job title to its repertoire: teacher.
May 1, 2007
Each year, government's primary regulatory focus falls more intensely on the driver.
Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor
April 1, 2007