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Public Input Sought on how Sleep Apnea Impacts Commercial Drivers

It is estimated that 22 million men and women could be suffering from undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a respiratory disorder characterized by a reduction or cessation of breathing during sleep. That’s why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it’s seeking public input during the next 90 days on the impacts …

FMCSA: California Truck Driver Tests Positive for Meth, Ordered to Stop Driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared California-licensed truck driver Edward Herbert Crane to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. Crane was served the federal order on February 9, 2016. In May 2015, an …

Troopers: FedEx Driver Wrecks after Falling Asleep in Mississippi

Lack of sleep yet making the conscious decision to get behind the wheel is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a driver. Studies have shown that driving while sleepy is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. We’ve seen it time and time again where crashes could have been prevented had …

Car vs. Semi: Whose fault? Three People Killed, Two Injured in Iowa

I often report about car v. truck collisions on this blog that are the fault of the truck driver. However, it’s important to know that a majority of car v. truck collisions are the fault of the car. My career—and passion—is to make the road safer when the truck driver is at fault. I strive to …

Meet Scott Darling—a Nominee to Lead FMCSA—Who Wants to Make the Trucking Industry Safer

Recently, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a confirmation hearing to consider the President’s nomination of T.F. Scott Darling, III to serve as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator. This would be a position that comes with great responsibility if selected. The FMCSA presently oversees over 4 million active commercial …

Semi Driver Arrested for Vehicular Homicide, Under the Influence of Drugs in Washington

According to troopers with the Washington State Patrol, two people were killed and five injured recently in a serious crash involving eight vehicles that closed westbound I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass for several hours. When troopers arrived on scene, they found two semi-trucks and six other vehicles had crashed. Dramatic video footage from the scene showed …

Is it Safe to Pass a Snow Plow?

At least 17 people, from North Carolina to New York, have already died in the winter blizzard of 2016. However, the U.S. isn’t the only region battling the snow and taking it seriously. Recently, under Ontario, Canada’s “Highway Traffic Act,” a trucker there was charged with passing a snow plow in an unsafe manner. It …

FMCSA Launches Online Unified Registration System Aimed at Boosting Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched the Unified Registration System (URS), a new, simplified, online registration process. It will be used by truck and bus companies, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers, and cargo tank manufacturing, inspection and repair facilities as part of a requirement for USDOT registration. What It Will Do Primarily, the …

Trucking Industry to Benefit from Driverless Car Push

The future of driverless trucks is inching closer to reality. This is largely due, in part, to the aggressive push being made for autonomous cars. According to Wolfgang Bernard with Diamler, by the time federal laws are implemented and regulation is finished, his company will be ready with the first autonomous tractor-trailer. Bernhard made the …

How long will FMCSA Keep CSA Scores from Public View?

The FMCSA recently wasted little time in getting rid of Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores from public view after President Obama signed the Highway Transportation Bill into law earlier this month. “As of Dec. 4, 2015, pursuant to the FAST Act of 2015, much of the information previously available on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s …

FMCSA Proposes New Rule for Determining Safety Fitness of Motor Carriers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced a rulemaking proposal designed to enhance the agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers. What it is The Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would update FMCSA’s safety fitness rating methodology by integrating on-road safety data from inspections, along …

FMCSA Reduces Drug Testing Rate by 25 Percent

Last month, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration announced it will lower the 2016 minimum random drug testing rate for commercial drivers’ license holders to 25% from 50% annually. The new rule took effect on January 1st of this year. Under a long-standing provision in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, FMCSA can choose to lower …

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