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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 — [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]