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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 ...

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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.

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ASECTT challenges ‘CSA is working’ contention

Trucking group disputes FMCSA's statistical correlation between the Unsafe Driving and Fatigued Driving BASICs and actual crash rates.

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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.

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Stuff your electronic toolbox

Trucker Tools contains apps for obtaining permits, tags, operating authority, bookkeeping services, factoring service, truck stop coupons and much more.

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Anne Ferro conferences on issues with owner-operators

Run-down of the Wednesday, June 20, 2012 call hosted by the Trucking Solutions Group with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro on critical industry issues. Find a summation of some of the major points with a link to the entire recorded call.

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Fourth Mexican carrier admitted to program

FMCSA has accepted a fourth carrier to its cross-border trucking pilot program.

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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.

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Open call with Anne Ferro

The folks at the Trucking Solutions Group -- including members we've written about on the blog, from owner-operators Rick Ash and Bob and Linda Caffee to Henry Albert -- are hosting an open conference call with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro today at 3 p.m. EDT today. Call-in details you can find here, and I'll include them in this post as well below. If you have questions for the administrator, please email them ASAP to Ash at ...

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Defining ‘gobbledygook’ with driver Sandy Long

Missouri-based Weston Transportation driver Sandy Long, blogging here, this morning laid down a primer for owner-operators and drivers on the term gobbledygook, defined by Wester's as "wordy and generally unintelligible jargon." She found some examples of it in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's postponed proposal (from last year) to mandate electronic onboard recorders for nearly all interstate truckers. The agency more or less admits that its harping on "fatigue" is something of a self-reinforcing factor ...

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