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10 11, 2014

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. […]

31 10, 2014

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. […]

1 07, 2013

New Hours of Service Regulations Now in Place

Today, July 1, 2013, marks the start date for the new hours of service regulations. The controversial changes were first introduced in 2011 and include the controversial 34-hour restart rule. […]

19 06, 2013

New Hours of Service Regulations Start July 1

On July 1, 2013 the motor carrier industry will be hit with one of the biggest regulatory changes in a very long time. The new hours of service rules will finally come into effect and the old rules will be retired. […]

28 03, 2012

FMCSA Overhauls CSA System

Speaking at this year’s Mid America Trucking Show, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro announced huge changes to the CSA System (learn about CSA here). By far the biggest change, the controversial Cargo Related BASIC will be dropped and replaced by a Hazmat BASIC and a beefed up Vehicle Maintenance BASIC. FMCSA will also work to make the CSA system fairer by refining the inspections that can be included in a CSA report. Ferro did disappoint industry figures, however, that had expected a further refinement to the system, citing problems with police reports FMCSA is delaying changes to the Crash Indicator. Note: This article first appeared in our subscription news service ‘DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-Fax’ for detailed, weekly updates on motor carrier laws and regulations click here. […]

13 02, 2012

Truck Weights Around the World

We’ve recently featured a couple of articles about the debate over truck weights. Depending on your perspective, increasing the size and weight of our vehicles is either the best idea ever, or plain stupidity. It doesn’t seem very likely that the weight increase will come any time soon, but it seems equally unlikely that the debate will end any time soon either. The arguments for and against are both pretty compelling, so we thought we’d have a look at what other countries tolerate. […]

27 12, 2011

When Does HOS Go Into Effect?

As the new hours of service regulations have now been revealed the immediate question is “When will they go into effect?” For most of the regulations, that is a fairly easy question to answer — usually 60 Days after the Final Rule is published in the Federal Register. But this is Hours of Service — you didn’t think it would be that easy did you? […]

28 11, 2011

FMCSA Bans Hand Held Cellphones

In a widely predicted move, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule on Wednesday, November 23 banning the use of a handheld cellphone while operating a CMV. Distracted driving has been the signature cause of current Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Over the past several years he has launched campaign after campaign and regulation after regulation to tamp down on the usage of cellphones while driving. In October of last year, texting while driving a CMV was banned; in addition, there has been a substantial media campaign to combat distracted driving by car drivers. […]

16 11, 2011

Bus Company Ordered Off the Roads

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made passenger carrier safety its most public cause of the year. Starting back in March after a fatal and widely-covered accident in New York, the agency has pursued and punished carrier after carrier with safety violations. Throughout the summer, this blog and the rest of the motor carrier press reported numerous passenger carriers who had been taken off the roads because of accidents or safety violations. Some of these reports even made it to the national media. In recent months, however, it has been a little quiet. Almost as an acknowledgement that there hasn’t been much word, FMCSA has taken efforts to publicize the latest carrier to be ordered off the roads. […]

18 10, 2011

HOS May Not Arrive on the 28th

Color us not surprised. In remarks made during a speech at the annual American Trucking Associations show, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief, Anne Ferro suggested that the new Hours of Service final rule would not be ready by October 28. If you’ve been reading Transportation Ticker for any length of time, we’re sure you’ve read similar articles before. FMCSA has punted so many times on this issue, one has to wonder how long the field they are playing on is. The latest reason for the delay? Per Ferro: “Reality says we are just two weeks away and certainly we have other agencies that need to do their due diligence in review, so we’re all working toward completing that [process].” […]