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FMCSA eyes ‘alternative compliance’ for motor carriers

Agency to look into whether carriers should get credit for adopting technologies or advanced safety programs

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, OSHA, Sign Agreement Strengthening Protections for Workers from Coercion, Retaliation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S.
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Paver faces almost $1 million penalty for terminations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Pontiac, MI-based Asphalt Specialists Inc.
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Entry-level driver training rule faces hurdles

FMCSA’s announced regulatory negotiation approach has skeptics Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has barely begun exploring the feasibility of regulatory negotiation – or “reg neg” – to establish standards for...
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Trucking groups ask DOT to take down public safety scores

A coalition of transportation trade groups have written DOT urging that the scores produced by the FMCSA's Compliance, Safety, Accountability system be removed from the agency’s website.
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Med examiner rule takes effect: Drivers must now use FMCSA-approved docs

Despite recent attempts by trucking trade groups to delay the effective date of the rule, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rule to require drivers to be medically certified by examiners approved by the agency became effective May 21.
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FMCSA hopes to launch split rest study this year, Ferro says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is confirming its plans to study whether expanding use of split rest in sleeper berths can improve both safety and productivity, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said March 26.
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Agency hears input on New Entrant rule, commenters say trucking business ed needed

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s second of three listening sessions dedicated to developing a knowledge test of for motor carrier, broker and freight-forwarder New Entrants was held last week in Louisville, Ky., at the Mid-America...
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FMCSA Proposes ELD Mandate for Nearly All Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 13 issued a revised proposal to mandate that electronic logging devices be installed in interstate commercial trucks and buses.
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Per DOT, speed limiter rule could come this year

Spurred by a request from the American Trucking Associations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has indicated it plans to produce a rule requiring the use of speed limiters in heavy trucks this year.
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News Release - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers
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http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/news-releases/2014/RELEASE-14-02-12.aspx

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J.J. Keller offers training program to reduce Hazmat incidents

J.J. Keller has released a new training program to help fleets reduce the financial and environmental costs associated with Hazmat incidents.
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FMCSA Yanks Two Drivers and Company from the Road - News - TruckingInfo.com

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered two drivers and one trucking to seek life outside of the trucking industry following what it describes as some dangerous behavior behind the wheel.


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U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes New Regulation to Protect Motorcoach and Large Bus Passengers in Rollover Crashes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to protect motorcoach and other large bus passengers in rollover crashes.
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Trucking accidents on the rise: How the Intersection of Increased Traffic, Decreased Employment, and Increased Workload have Combined to Endanger America’s Roadways

The trucking industry is a massive and vital industry that delivers goods across North America in times that even our parents wouldn’t have dreamed of just fifty years ago. As a result of this explosion of the trucking industry, America’s roadways are choked with an unprecedented volume of trucking traffic. However, despite incentivized pay rates [...]

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Carrier to pay $262k to drivers fired for participating in FMCSA investigation

Gaines Motor Lines has agreed to pay $262,500 to four former drivers who the Department of Labor deemed to be fired in violation of federal whistleblower protection laws.
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Regulatory comments: Hours rule forces coercion; shippers, brokers need accountability

Common themes of regulatory criticism popped up often in the public comments offered on DOT's proposed driver coercion prohibition rule, like the new pressures and restrictions caused by the agency’s 2013 hours-of-service rule and holding shippers,...
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FMCSA projects November publication of rule to hike carrier insurance minimums

An official timeline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's push to raise liability insurance minimums for carriers has been released by the Department of Transportation, and it signals the agency plans to begin work on the...
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Legislation introduced to clarify broker/shipper carrier-selection requirements

Congressman John Duncan (R-Tenn.) along with Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) introduced H.R.
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FMCSA Publishes E-Log Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has formally published its proposal that will require all interstate truck drivers to use electronic logging devices.
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New trucking industry image/education campaign launched

“Trucking Moves America Forward” aims to enhance public perception of the industry

A diverse group of trucking stakeholders announced the launch of an industry-wide image and education campaign last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
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Hours rule, CSA draw sharp criticism in House hearing, FMCSA head Ferro defends both

Ferro testifying before a House transportation subcommittee last week.
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ATA, shippers applaud FMCSA proposal for electronic logging devices in trucks - Article from Logistics Management

Large trucking companies and shippers are welcoming a government proposal to require electronic logging devices in heavy trucks as a way to bolster trucking safety.


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GAO report criticizes CSA scoring, calls for changes

The DOT system used to score and compare motor carrier safety records is flawed and particularly unfair to small carriers, an independent government watchdog agency has concluded.
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Employment report: For-hire trucking gains 3,200 jobs in January

The trucking industry added 3,200 jobs in January, according to preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, following up a month of low job growth in December, when the for-hire industry added just 100 jobs. 
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