The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration isn’t sure when autonomous commercial trucks are coming, but its researchers are busily preparing for widespread use of the technology – including the potential impact on the workforce, the new acting administrator said.
March 11, 2021
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to eliminate its federal vision exemption waiver program and instead let medical professionals and motor carriers determine whether drivers with limited vision in one eye may drive commercial motor vehicles.
January 12, 2021
Truck drivers likely will not be in the next wave of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, although that will vary by state.
December 21, 2020
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has OK’d a practice that it previously banned because of concerns it could allow unqualified truck drivers to get commercial licenses.
December 17, 2020
A bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level has passed the House – although it has virtually no chance of getting through the Republican-controlled Senate. The bill also would allow marijuana to remain on the list of disqualifying substances for safety-sensitive transportation workers such as truck drivers.
December 7, 2020
COVID-19 does not seem to have slowed down the staff at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is juggling multiple rulemakings and research projects as it approaches the last months of the current administration’s term, from younger drivers to additional hours-of-service flexibility.
October 23, 2020
Changes to truck driver hours of service rules, designed to offer drivers more flexibility, take effect at 12 a.m. eastern time on Sept. 29.
September 28, 2020
Did the Department of Health and Human Services fail to consult its own drug-testing advisory board when developing new hair-testing guidelines that are expected to be published imminently?
September 2, 2020
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for public comment on a pilot program to study the one part of the hours-of-service proposal that didn’t make it into the final rule: allowing drivers to pause their on-duty driving period with one off-duty period up to three hours.
August 28, 2020
Research found a selection of electronic logging devices “did little to nothing to follow cybersecurity best practices and were vulnerable to compromise.”
August 10, 2020
Self-driving truck entrepreneur Anthony Levandowski has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets related to autonomous vehicles, in what the judge called “the "biggest trade secret crime I have ever seen."
August 5, 2020
A group of Black Lives Matter protesters are planning to shut down Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway in an Aug. 15 march.
July 31, 2020
New research validates a study that almost 300,000 truck drivers would fail a hair test for drug use today, according to The Alliance for Driver Safety and Security, which did the original study and funded the validating research.
July 10, 2020
The high costs of legal settlements and “nuclear verdicts” have made it harder for fleets to get affordable insurance, but motor carriers can beat those trends with technology, tightly run safety programs, and intelligent risk financing.
June 26, 2020
Positive tests for marijuana use far outpaced those for other drugs reported in the first few months of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
June 11, 2020