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Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/112012/new-study-puts-spotlight-on-fmcsa-insurance-requirement
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
34-Hour Restart Takes Center Stage at Senate Safety Hearing

A Senate hearing on truck safety was dominated by the ongoing struggle over the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. Anne Ferro, in what...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/119500/34-hour-restart-center-stage-at-safety-hearing
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

https://www.truckinginfo.com/115816/drivers-must-hold-copy-of-medical-certification-for-another-year
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
Sleep Apnea Rulemaking Will Require Much More Research

President Obama yesterday signed a bill saying that any changes in federal requirements for handling truck driver sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, must...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/114315/sleep-apnea-rulemaking-will-require-much-more-research
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
FMCSA Getting Closer to Decision on Crash Accountability

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finished its analysis of crash accountability and is now reviewing the work in preparation for public...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/113490/fmcsa-getting-closer-to-decision-on-crash-accountability
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Obama, Camp Offer Highway Funding Solutions

President Obama and Rep. Dave Camp both suggested one-time infusions to the Highway Trust Fund that is expected to run out of money by September.

https://www.truckinginfo.com/116703/obama-camp-offer-highway-funding-solutions
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Fund Highways

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night President Obama repeated his call to use corporate tax reform to fund a large, one-time infusion of money...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/116168/obama-repeats-call-for-tax-reform-to-fund-highways
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/116459/fmcsa-counters-gao-critique-of-safety-program
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/154933/with-funding-clock-ticking-congress-turns-to-highway-bill
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Hill Transportation Leaders Focus on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer gave a shout-out to American Trucking Associations last week, thanking the trade group for supporting higher diesel taxes dedicated to...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/110277/hill-transportation-leaders-focus-on-highway-funding
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
FMCSA Outlines Long-Term Plan for Driver Fitness Rating

Federal safety officials have a vision for a driver fitness rating system, but it will take close to a decade to get it done. In a recent report to...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/112577/fmcsa-outlines-long-term-plan-for-driver-fitness-rating
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
Maryland Demonstrates Drivewyze Wireless Bypass Service

Federal and industry luminaries gathered at a Maryland truck weigh station Monday to observe the latest in wireless bypass technology. The state implemented...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/112195/maryland-demonstrates-drivewyze-wireless-bypass-service
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a study of the relationship between safety and driver pay. The agency is asking for comments on a...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/120009/fmcsa-will-study-driver-pay-impact-on-safety
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
Skirmish Continues Over HOS Start Date

Lawyers at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and American Trucking Associations are sniping at each other over the start date of the new...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/110237/skirmish-continues-over-hos-start-date
Categories: Drivers, Fuel Smarts
Are You On Top of Your Fuel Buying Program?

Pilot, the largest truckstop chain in the country with more than 650 outlets and $29 billion in annual revenues, is being investigated for allegedly...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/152970/are-you-on-top-of-your-fuel-buying-program
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/114065/higher-fines-are-among-fmcsa-rule-changes
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance

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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/112129/hours-of-service-hearing-scheduled
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/116417/safety-advisors-post-wish-list-for-highway-bill
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
A Long History Shapes the Size and Weight Study

The Federal Highway Administration should have a pretty good idea of what to expect as it proceeds with its comprehensive study of truck sizes and weights....

https://www.truckinginfo.com/111879/a-long-history-shapes-the-size-and-weight-study
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Court Rejects Plea to Halt Mexico Pilot Program

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Friday morning handed down a blanket dismissal of a bid by the Owner-Operator...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/111157/court-rejects-plea-to-halt-mexico-pilot-program
Categories: Drivers, Equipment
With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

https://www.truckinginfo.com/114094/with-final-report-due-soon-house-freight-panel-takes-on-truck-weights
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/115734/a-challenging-year-ahead-on-capitol-hill
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
An Early Take on the Impact of the Hours of Service Changes

It is too soon to measure the full impact of the changes in the hours of service rule, but the carriers that will be most affected are high-output truckload...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/112634/an-early-take-on-the-impact-of-the-hours-of-service-changes
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/113808/hos-restart-study-will-be-late
Categories: Drivers, Equipment

A bipartisan group of Representatives asked the Department of Transportation to consider the impact of heavier trucks on local roads and bridges as it...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/113265/legislators-worry-about-heavy-truck-impact-on-local-roads
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
Legislators Push FMCSA to Reconsider Hours Deadline Decision

Transportation legislators in the Senate and House are pressing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro to reconsider her decision not...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/110657/legislators-push-fmcsa-to-reconsider-hours-deadline-decision
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Creation of Freight Network Not an Easy Task

In last year’s highway bill, Congress said it wants the Department of Transportation to set a place for freight at the transportation policy table. The...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/115303/creation-of-freight-network-not-an-easy-task
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Some Consensus, Some Differences Emerge from CSA Advisory Panel

An advisory committee for the CSA safety enforcement program dove deep into the complex details and emerged with some consensus and some irreconcilable...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/111018/some-consensus-some-differences-emerge-from-csa-advisory-panel
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Justices Pose Close Questions in LA Port Case

The long and tumultuous matter of the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program came to a head in the Supreme Court Tuesday, with Justices conducting a...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/111095/justices-pose-close-questions-in-la-port-case
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
ELogs, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Top Rules List for 2014

Trucking will go into 2014 with two major safety proposals pending: electronic logs and a searchable database containing the results of driver drug and...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/115607/elogs-drug-and-alcohol-clearinghouse-top-rules-list-for-2014
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
House Freight Panel Takes on the Most Difficult Issue: Funding

The House panel studying freight transportation saved the toughest for last: how to pay for it. It was a sign of the enduring paralysis over funding that...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/114296/house-freight-panel-takes-on-the-most-difficult-issue-funding
Categories: Drivers

Truck safety regulators are about to post a new, long-awaited rule aimed at shoring up driver medical standards

https://www.truckinginfo.com/152112/new-rule-will-create-registry-of-certified-medical-examiners
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/125967/advocates-poll-rekindles-restart-fight
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/117338/hazmat-carriers-seek-improvements-in-regulations
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/116214/field-study-proves-benefit-of-restart-rule1
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance

A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/115241/sen-brown-urges-fmcsa-to-act-on-food-safety
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance

The hearing by the House Highways Subcommittee offered the major contenders in the perpetual HOS wars a chance to air their complaints, and the Federal...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/112210/somewhat-contentious-hearing-on-hours-of-service-eobrs-also-discussed
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
Carriers Air Concerns about Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

There’s a big loophole in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse, according to transportation...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/118091/carriers-air-concerns-about-drug-alcohol-clearinghouse
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/115988/new-fmcsa-rule-targets-willful-violators
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance

A bipartisan group of House transportation leaders is asking Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to postpone the effective date of the new hours of service...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/110643/house-leaders-ask-lahood-to-delay-hos-rule-for-three-months
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Infrastructure Featured in State of Union, House Hearing

Infrastructure had its moment in the spotlight this week as President Obama called for most-needed repairs funded in part by private investment, and the...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/109983/infrastructure-featured-in-state-of-union-house-hearing
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/116098/with-funding-clock-ticking-congress-turns-to-highway-bill
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/154980/get-ready-to-say-goodbye-to-paper-logs
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
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...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/113856/fmcsa-will-address-sleep-apnea-through-rulemaking
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/113707/bill-challenges-fmcsa-to-write-sleep-disorder-rule
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports....

https://www.truckinginfo.com/126452/carriers-look-for-hos-flexibility-to-ease-port-congestion
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
Court Upholds Mexico Pilot Program

UPDATED- A federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Court of...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/112884/breaking-news-court-upholds-mexico-pilot-program
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management, Safety & Compliance
NIOSH Study Points to Significant Health Risks for Long-Haul Drivers

Long-haul drivers are plagued by significant health risks, according to a new study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Almost 70%...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/115889/niosh-study-points-to-significant-health-risks-for-long-haul-drivers
Categories: Drivers, Fleet Management
Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests,...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/115233/fuel-tax-hike-proposal-draws-broad-support
Categories: Drivers, Safety & Compliance
FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That...

https://www.truckinginfo.com/126171/fmcsa-wants-stricter-prescription-narcotics-restrictions


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