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FMCSA Issues Rule Designed to Improve the Safety of Equipment Used in the Transportation of Intermodal Containers

John H. Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new rules just before the 2008 holidays designed to strengthen safety requirements for intermodal container chassis, the special trailers that hold cargo containers when they are transferred from ship or rail to truck for final delivery. “We want to ensure that every piece of …

Top 50 Shipping Logistics Companies for 2008

A logistics company procures transportation for shippers. UPS is number one. In addition to individual residential pickup, they service large companies such as Johnson & Johnson and General Electric. The top 50 Logistics companies in the United States, according to industry trade magazine Transport Topics are: UPS Supply Chain Solutions DHL Exel Supply Chain J. …

New Medical Requirements for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

In December, 2008, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule designed to provide uniform requirements for medical examiners, and developed a process for combining the commercial drivers license (CDL) and medical certificate records for commercial truck and bus drivers. “While we have made significant improvements in motor carrier safety, these actions will support …

5 Transportation Predictions for 2009

I predict: 1. In 2009, the ongoing battle over truck drivers’ hours of service will be revisited either through langauage added to a transportation bill, the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. once again, or a Congressional mandate to the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) administrator to review and revise. 2. There will …

California Adopts Country’s Toughest Diesel Emission Standards for Trucks

On December 12, 2008, California passed diesel emission regulations that are the toughest in the United States. The rule, which was passed by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), requires replacement of exhaust filters and new engines staggered between 2011 and 2022.  The ARB stated on its website that the new regulation is: “directly aimed …

FMCSA pushes through less-than-recommended safety standards before Obama takes office

The administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued what it called “a new rule” in November, 2008, limiting commercial truck drivers to 11 hours on the road (the “11-hour rule”), even though this rule maintains what has been the status quo for several years now. The prior hour-of-service rule only permitted 10 hours of …

Top 100 Private Motor Carriers for 2008

Nearly half the private trucking carriers in the United States are food and beverage distributors. Number one is Coca-Cola Enterprises, with 8,041 tractors, 3,114 straight trucks. and 9,263 trailers, according to the August 4, 2008 edition of industry trade magazine Transport Topics. Private carriers transport their own products, as opposed to public carriers that haul …

Top 100 Public Motor Carriers for 2008

The number one largest public trucking carrier in the United States is UPS, with over 100,000 company trucks, vans, company cars and motorcycles. Number two is FedEx with 58,500 tractors, straight trucks and vans and 21,400 trailers, according to the industry trade magazine Transport Topics. Private trucking carriers transport their own products, as opposed to public …

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