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Trucking Industry Gears Up for Roadcheck 2013

Every industry has at least one red-circle date on the yearly calendar. In the commercial trucking world, the weekend that plays host to Roadcheck safety inspections has achieved that status. Since 1988, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in partnership with other high-profile trucking industry organizations, uses one weekend in early June to set up random …

FMCSA Continues Grappling with Entry-Level Truck Driver Training Rules

When you consider all that has happened in this country in the past two decades, it’s somewhat remarkable to then think about one thing that hasn’t happened. We’re still trying to establish entry-level truck driver training requirements. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration continued down the long road to creating those standards when it recently …

FMCSA Launches New Pre-Employment Screening Program

At a time when reports indicate there will be a growing need for more truck drivers over the next decade, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced some welcome news. Carriers and trucking companies, charged with having to hire more drivers with proven track records behind the wheel, now have at their disposal the FMCSA’s …

FMCSA Strips Trucking Safety Violators of 10-Day Appeal Extension

If 45 days isn’t enough to show compliance, why allow 10 more? That question has baffled trucking industry watchers for more than two decades, but it was made moot by one stroke of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pen recently. The FMCSA eliminated 10-day extensions that were commonly given to carriers found to be …

NHTSA Pushing Truck Stability Control Proposal

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is nearing completion of a proposal that would require heavy-duty tractors to be outfitted with a stability control system. The proposal could ultimately lead to a mandate, which will no doubt spark another debate that centers on trucking safety and the cost to improve it. TruckingInfo.com reported earlier this …

FMCSA Toughens Rules on Sanctioned Carriers, Brokers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently toughened its stance on carriers who know their way around the rules, as well as on those with deep enough pockets that paying fines for repeated offenses isn’t enough to make them change their ways. TruckingInfo.com reported last week on the new rule from FMCSA that takes aim …

California Trucking Group Opposes State Law Mandating Breaks

A representative for the California Trucking Association responded with concern to a court ruling that will require trucking companies in the state to give truck drivers a 30-minute meal period within the first five hours of driving. Michael Shaw, CTA Vice President, External Affairs, told TruckingInfo.com that the ruling by the California Supreme Court will “strait-jacket …

TIA Pushes to Reduce Broker Liability in Trucking Accident Cases

In the wake of our recent courtroom win, when an Oregon jury awarded our client a $5.2 million verdict after finding a trucking broker negligent for wrongful hiring, the Transportation Intermediaries Association has launched a campaign to reduce broker liability in such cases. Integral to the TIA’s push is its call for a law that …

U.S. DOT Urges Truckers to get Adequate Rest Between Shifts

When the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued new rules late last year, limiting the number of hours that truck drivers can be behind the wheel in any given week, we applauded the decision. Reducing the number of driving hours from 82 to 70 makes our highways safer for all travelers. …

Congress Considers Raising Highway Weight Limit on Trucks

Weighing the benefits of larger-load efficiencies against concerns about increased damage to highways, Congress is considering increasing the weight limit of highway-safe trucks by some 17,000 pounds. The Safe and Efficient Transportation Act would increase the maximum weight for commercial trucks from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds, a move that has drawn both praise and scorn. …

Federal Rule Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use by Commercial Drivers on the Road

Studies show that commercial vehicle operators using hand-held cell phones while driving have a higher risk of getting into truck accidents. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation made its latest effort to end distracted driving with a final rule banning hand-held cell phone use by all big-rig and bus drivers. Announcing the ban last …

FMCSA May Waive Hearing Rule for 20 Deaf Drivers

The Department of Transportation may break trucking regulation precedent by exempting 20 deaf or hard-of-hearing commercial drivers from federal minimum hearing requirements for Commercial Drivers Licenses. If it does, this would be the first time this regulation has been waived since it was established in 1988.  And it would be thanks in large part to …

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