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ATA Safety Agenda Aired at Senate Hearing

ATA Safety Agenda Aired at Senate Hearing

Next steps for truck safety should be completion of the speed limiter mandate, more focus on traffic enforcement and improvements in the CSA safety enforcement system, a top Werner Enterprises official told a transportation panel of the Senate Commerce Committee.

January 29, 2015

FMCSA Study: Costs of Crash Accountability Outweigh Benefits

FMCSA Study: Costs of Crash Accountability Outweigh Benefits

The difficulty and cost of including crash fault in the CSA safety enforcement system appears to outweigh the benefits, according to an analysis by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The long-awaited report to Congress, which will be made public today, says that police accident reports probably don’t provide enough information to support determinations of fault.

January 21, 2015

Crash Accountability Study Coming in Two Weeks

Crash Accountability Study Coming in Two Weeks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study on crash accountability in the next couple of weeks, said Jack Van Steenburg, the agency’s chief safety officer.

January 14, 2015

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

Restart Study on Track to Start This Month

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, said Martin Walker, chief of the agency’s research division.

January 13, 2015

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

FMCSA Will Help Train Police on Truck Traffic Enforcement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon launch a national program to train police officers in traffic enforcement for large trucks. The agency worked with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on a curriculum covering the basics of truck safety enforcement.

January 13, 2015

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

Fourteen years later, the Mexican cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement will finally be implemented.

January 9, 2015

Mexico Pilot Effective But Limited, Says DOT Inspector General

Mexico Pilot Effective But Limited, Says DOT Inspector General

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proper safety controls in place for Mexican carriers operating across the border, but the pilot program to test the system has too few participants to project the outcome of a full border opening, says the DOT Inspector General.

December 29, 2014

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The Year's Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year.

December 23, 2014

Restart Change Now in Effect

Restart Change Now in Effect

The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.

December 17, 2014

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

American Trucking Associations won its fight against the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. On Saturday night the Senate passed and sent to President Obama a bill that replaces the controversial restart with an earlier, less restrictive, version while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does more research on the issue.

December 14, 2014

Reaction to Restart Suspension Includes Enforcement Concerns
34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

December 10, 2014

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

December 8, 2014

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on a plan to raise insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.

November 26, 2014

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.

November 25, 2014