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Trucking under Trump: Opportunities for hours reform, overhaul of FMCSA regulatory process

While the federal government’s electronic logging device mandate is likely shielded from interference from President-elect Donald Trump, Republican control in Washington gives the industry hope for a loosened and more accountable regulatory environment, industry groups said in recent weeks.

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Already-disqualified trucker shut down by FMCSA following fatal accident

FMCSA says Dennis admitted to an investigator that he had taken methamphetamines “a few days prior” to the Nov. 9 crash, and that he had been texting while driving shortly before the crash. He had also exceeded both driving and on-duty hours-of-service limits at the time of the crash, FMCSA adds.

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Many FMCSA online systems unavailable through Nov. 20

FMCSA says the Commercial Drivers License Information System (CDLIS) will be available during the outage, but most driver and fleet services will be offline during the scheduled outage.

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Trucker who crashed truck while drunk, changing pants shut down by FMCSA

Allen R. Johnson Sr. told Vermont State Police after the Nov. 2 accident that he had set the cruise control on the truck to 63 miles per hour, then stood up to change his pants. A report from the state indicated Johnson’s blood alcohol content was .209, approximately five times the legal limit for truck drivers.

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FMCSA gives $1M to train military vets to become truckers

Seven technical and community colleges across the U.S. were awarded a combined total of nearly $1 million in grants from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help train military veterans and their families for jobs as truck drivers.

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Trucker shut down by FMCSA after testing positive for meth and causing severe crash

A Utah-based driver has been effectively shut down by FMCSA for failing to complete the return-to-duty process after failing a drug test, but still attempting to operate. He was involved in a bad crash last month.

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FMCSA officially has new boss as Senate confirms Darling to head agency

The U.S. Senate on July 14 confirmed by voice vote T.F. Scott Darling as the new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Daring has run the agency on an interim basis since the August 2014 departure of Anne Ferro.

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FMCSA raises fines for some violations, lowers fines for others

The fines for violations of federal safety regulations underwent a makeover this year during the adjustment for inflation process. Some fines are higher than previous years, and some are lower, as FMCSA made the adjustments based on a new law passed by Congress in 2015.

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FMCSA shuts down trucker following alcohol-involved crash that killed two, injured two others

On March 18, Weddle’s trailer crossed over the centerline of the highway, tipped over and began scattering its load of lumber across the highway, resulting in two deaths. Weddle was traveling about 80 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, FMCSA says, and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

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FMCSA shuts down seven-truck carrier for numerous safety violations

According to FMCSA, safety inspections were conducted on six of the company’s seven trucks, and out-of-service violations were found in all six trucks.

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