FMCSA

Suspension of hours rules extended

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended its temporary lifting of HOS rules for haulers of some emergency supplies because of the oil spill.

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Ferro: Many ways to cut fatigue in crashes

Administrator said reduced fatigue could be accomplished through research, programs, events, education, and targeted outreach and intervention.

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FMCSA starts driver pre-employment program

The program allows carriers the option of accessing driver inspection and crash records before hiring.

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Hours rules lifted for oil spill

Federal officials temporarily lifted hours-of-service rules for haulers of some emergency supplies to four southeast coastal states.

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ATA: Study crash causes

Addressing risk factors would improve safety, trade group executive says.

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Tonight: CSA 2010 round robin, webinar on gaining authority

A message yesterday from the folks with AsktheTrucker.com about their online radio show, Truth About Trucking, scheduled for 5 p.m. EST this afternoon, detailed the 40 questions the program hopes to answer about CSA 2010 (see below for a full list), delayed from July implementation for carriers to November but no less fraught with complexities and, yes, areas provoking all manner of lines of inquiry. Truth About Trucking host Allen Smith collected the questions direct ...

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UCR fees almost doubled

The minimum fee, which applies to a one-truck operation or to a broker or freight forwarder, will go from $39 to $76.

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Flex time — ATA lays down support for sleeper berth/HOS flexibility in comments to feds

The latest wrinkle in the ongoing debate over potential changes to trucking hours-of-service regulations, for which so many drivers have offered various proposals for injecting flexibility into the system, is the biggest trucking-company organization in the nation's support for codifying split rest in the sleeper berth. "Allowing shorter documented sleeper berth periods  would promote safety and health," ran a portion of the American Trucking Associations' comments on the questions posed by the hours-of-service listening session ...

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ATA: Modify sleeper berth rules for more flexibility

FMCSA should better address the true causes of fatigue in transportation.

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A modest proposal for hours flexibility: ‘Gold Card drivers’

Trucker/marathoner/blogger Jeff Clark offers a well-thought-out idea for hours-of-service flexibility, giving the stellar, safe drivers out there a new name and the freedom to use their status to run how they please: "Gold card drivers" are "drivers who do not get into accidents," he says. "They don’t get moving violations. They don’t get out-of-service violations, and they do not do drugs. These drivers deserve to be recognized. They also have a lot to teach new ...

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