DOT

Hawk to DOT: “Point me to the nearest roadkill?”

What happens when a bird of prey tries to communicate with a DOT traffic camera? It makes for good humor on Twitter.

Read More

New independents, be forewarned

If FMCSA finds any deficiency, the new entrant has only 15 days to submit a plan of correction, not up to 60 days, as used to be allowed.

Read More

Driver kudos: Pork rinds, bagpipes and making a difference

Two driver-appreciation efforts -- by Rudolph Foods and XRS (formerly Xata) -- yield interesting results.

Read More

Cell-phone jamming technology in your cab?

Much has been made of the inability and/or difficulty of state enforcement of the Department of Transportation's nationwide ban on handheld cellphone use behind the wheel. Last I've written about it you can find here and here. In the story at the former of those links, reader Martin GrosecIose put forward the notion that combating distraction among the general public on the roadways was getting to the point where it's just too little too late ...

Read More

Freight index unchanged in May, year-to-year up 4.3%

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry was unchanged in May from April.

Read More

ATA seeks action on national clearinghouse

ATA called on FMCSA to continue making progress toward a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results for commercial drivers.

Read More

DOT issues safety alert on transporting fireworks

As the nation prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of Transportation is working on many fronts to help prevent unnecessary accidents and fatalities due to the unsafe transport of fireworks. Now through July 8, the department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will conduct a nationwide roadside inspection sweep to ensure that commercial motor vehicles transporting fireworks categorized as Class 1 Explosives are operating in full compliance with federal and state safety ...

Read More

Highway bill compromise raises broker bond to $75,000

Language in the tentative agreement raises the surety bond minimum to $75,000 from $10,000, where it had been since the deregulation era.

Read More

FMCSA takes 287 drivers off the road

During its annual drug and alcohol strike force sweep, FMCSA said 287 commercial drivers were removed from the road.

Read More

ATA urges FMCSA to remain committed to CSA goal

In a white paper released this week, ATA urges the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to remain committed CSA's goal of reducing crashes.

Read More