FMCSA

FMCSA issues rule proposal to tie safety rating directly to inspections, violations

Another month, another major rule proposed by FMCSA: The SFD rule would revamp the three-tier safety rating program to incorporate roadside inspection/violation data in addition to investigations and update monthly.

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FMCSA administrator nominee Scott Darling to begin Senate confirmation process next week

Nearly six months after being nominated by President Barack Obama to head the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on a permanent basis, T.F. Scott Darling will face his first confirmation hearing next week, according to a press release from the Senate’s commerce committee.

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Let’s talk about trucking

"A recent Facebook post of a dog with a piece of ham on its face caused the internet to blow up with concerns for the dog. A trucker is shot in the gut in an attack that could have been prevented with safe parking, and no one cares."

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Owner-ops: Carrier rewarding system a way to help big carriers, ice out small ones

More concerns and questions were raised than praise given Tuesday at an FMCSA hearing intended to gather carrier and trucking industry stakeholder input on the potential establishment of a program to reward carriers who go above and beyond minimum requirements of federal safety rules.

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Safety rating poised to turn to roadside data, coalition issues challenge

The coalition that took on the recent highway bill's "poison pill" successfully has issued something of a pre-emptive challenge to FMCSA's proposed changes to the safety rating program.

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330-truck fleet sat idle for nearly two weeks while trying to shrug out-of-service order

Update, 1/7/16: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced late Thursday, Jan. 7, that it has reinstated Land-Air's "conditional" rating, allowing the carrier to resume its normal operation. The 340-driver fleet had been idle since Dec. 29.

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UCR enforcement for 2016 delayed until Feb. 1

Enforcement of the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement has been delayed until Feb. 1, according to an inspection bulletin released this week by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Enforcement was originally set to begin Jan. 1.

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E-log noncompliance penalties yet to be determined, FMCSA says

What will the punishment be for truckers who fail to comply with the looming electronic logging device mandate? FMCSA is still hammering out those details, it says.

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The tightening knot of ELDs, hours, parking: Channel 19 year in review, the finale

As in 2014 with the restart rollback, several issues came to a head in the last month of 2015, bring us back to where we started in this year in review: The problem with the hours of service, readers say, is a central safety issue.

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FMCSA reducing random required drug-test rates in 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced it is reducing the required rate of random drug tests carriers must conduct in 2016 from 50 to 25 percent.

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