FMCSA

Unified long-term highway bill announced, would remove CSA scores from view until program reformed

A group of 12 senators and 28 representatives reached an agreement Dec. 1 on a five-year highway bill, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

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Trucker medical certification changes begin this month

A few changes are coming to driver medical exams later this month, again stemming from the agency's expansive National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule that went into effect last year.

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FMCSA’s driver coercion rule published, blocks carriers, shippers from threatening drivers with loss of pay

The rule will take effect Jan. 29. It puts in place fines of up to $16,000 for carriers, shippers, receivers and brokers who pressure truckers to operate in violation of federal safety rules, such as hours-of-service regs.

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Oregon looking to give one-year commercial learner’s permits

The Oregon Department of Transportation has requested an exemption from a portion of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s commercial learner’s permit requirement.

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NTSB to FMCSA: Consider drug testing for synthetic marijuana

The NTSB made two recommendations to the FMCSA after a crash investigation revealed a driver's use of synthetic marijuana.

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3-truck fleet issued shutdown order by FMCSA over equipment negligence, false logs

Three-truck Ohio-based fleet Garfield Trucking has been issued an effective shutdown order following a roadside inspection that yielded dozens of violations and subsequent noncooperation from the carrier during an FMCSA inspection.

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Minnesota trucker shut down by FMCSA for hours violations, medical qualifications

Minnesota truck driver John Ray Carpenter has been issued an effective shutdown order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for being "medically unqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle," discovered following a fatal crash last month.

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Regulatory update: E-log rule still expected this year, driver coercion nears publication

Still slated for this year: Rules to mandate e-logs and speed limiters, a driver training rule and an extension to the CSA program.

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ATRI: Crash fault weighting in CSA could help carrier ratings

Implementing some form of crash accountability — that is, not dinging carriers for crashes they couldn’t prevent — in the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier ranking/scoring program could have a significant impact on carriers’ rankings within the system, concludes the American Transportation Research Institute.

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The ‘poison pill’ that remains in the recently passed highway bill, by the numbers

Unless fixed or removed in the House-Senate highway bill conference committee, the House's carrier "hiring standard" would unduly disadvantage well more than 1.5 million drivers for 440,000 carriers in the competition to secure business.

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