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34-Hour Restart Rule SUSPENDED!

In a major blow to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety regulation agenda, both houses of Congress have passed a spending bill that includes a provision to suspend the 2013 version of the 34-hour restart rule. The rules will now automatically revert to the original 34-hour restart rule that was in place between 2003 and 2013. We have the answers to your questions after the jump. Continue reading

Foxx Slams 34 Hour Restart Foes

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has spoken out against a Senate amendment that would allow truck drivers to drive for longer hours.

In a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulshi (D-Md.), Foxx said that drivers need to rest to keep themselves and other motorists safe. The Amendment, sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) would increase the number of hours truckers are allowed to drive from 70 to 82 hours a week and would suspend the 34 hour restart rule. Continue reading

Truck Insurance Rule Change Update

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that it will seek comments on changes to the minimum levels of financial responsibility that motor carriers are expected to carry.

What does that mean in plain English? In the near future you are going to need to carry more insurance to stay in compliance. Continue reading

Electronic Logbook Rules: Arrival Time Revealed

Ready for the Electronic Logbook revolution? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has now announced an official timeline for a release of the “Electronic Logging Device” (ELD) Final Rule. The rule which would mandate the use of an ELD to manage hours of service by virtually all motor carriers will be submitted to the Secretary of Transportation in May, 2015 and will be published in its final form in late September, 2015. Industry analysts are saying that the shift to using Electronic Logbooks will be one of the biggest changes that the industry has experienced in generations.

The Final Rule will contain the following four measures: Continue reading

BirdDog Family Gives Out a Ton of Food for Thanksgiving

The annual BirdDog Holdings “Canstruction” holiday food drive was held this month. Each year, the companies and locations in the BirdDog Holdings family compete against each other to see who can gather the most food to be given to a local food bank. Points are given for the most artistic display of the food as well.

This year, we are donating 2,020 of food (yes, that’s LITERALLY a ton!). The food will be donated to charities in Alpharetta, GA, Andover, MA, Hartford, CT and Omaha, NE.

Click through to see the entries and find out which office won. Continue reading

FMCSA to Survey Drivers on Entry-Level Training

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that it intends to perform a one-time survey of drivers in the industry regarding the level of training they receive from their employers and how that interacts with their Entry-Level Driver Training. The results will be used by FMCSA as it plans out the upcoming Congressional requirement to issue regulations requiring entry-level driver training. Continue reading

Electronic Logging Device Rule Moves Forward to Next Step

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the next step in the process towards mandating Electronic Logging Devices for all motor carriers. This latest step (in a very long line) is to seek public comment on the agency’s plan to have ELD manufacturers register and self-certify their products to meet the technical specifications of the regulations.

While it is a small step, it is a clear sign that FMCSA continues to commit to the proposed regulations issued earlier this year which would require ELDs for almost all motor carriers. So far, FMCSA has managed to avoid the problems that delayed the rules when they were first proposed in 2011. Continue reading

Questions Raised Over DOT’s Role in Guardrail Failures

Various media outlets are reporting the start of a potentially major investigation into the safety of roadside crash barriers. Safety advocates are claiming a change in design has made the barriers highly dangerous during an accident.

Roadside crash barriers have long been a fixture of our nation’s highways. In many cases, it has been these barriers that have made a difference between life and death during an accident. However, a design change made in 2005 may have transformed some of these barriers from miracles of engineering to deadly weapons. Now, both the manufacturer and the Federal Highway Administration are answering questions about how this could have happened. Continue reading

Tracy Morgan Crash Continue to Leave Big Shadow Over the Industry

The crash earlier this year involving comedian Tracy Morgan has continued to leave a big shadow over the industry.  With court action fast approaching, the two sides traded barbs in the media this week.

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FMCSA’s New Regulation Schedule

FMCSA has announced delays to two new rules governing the minimum level of insurance coverage and the use of speed limiters. Other rules continue to be rolled out as scheduled. Continue reading