Government, Business

Complex Proposed CSA Replacement May Take Time to Decipher

Marten trucks on the road John Sommers II for Transport Topics

A possible replacement for the much-maligned Compliance, Safety, Accountability framework the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uses to measure motor carriers’ safety performance has been recommended by an elite panel of academics, but its complexity may prove challenging to the trucking industry, experts said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2018
Government, Safety

FMCSA to Phase In Multiyear Plans for State Grant Program

FMCSA inspection TT File Photo

FMCSA announced Jan. 4 that some states will start using multiyear commercial vehicle safety plans when carrying out projects made possible by the agency’s largest grant program supporting states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

FMCSA Reduces Registration Fees for Commercial Vehicles in 2018

FMCSA has finalized plans to reduce commercial vehicle registration fees by 9.10% in 2018, and by 4.55% in 2019.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA Plan to Eliminate Exemptions for Diabetic Drivers in Limbo

A finger-prick diabetes test A patient undergoes a finger-prick test for diabetes. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Greg Crawford, an insulin-dependent commercial motor vehicle driver from Oak Park, Mich., says he had to wait months for a medical expert’s verification that his condition was stable before federal regulators cleared him to get back behind the wheel.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 3, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA Proposes Revised Hours-of-Service Personal Conveyance Guidance

Truck Stop John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Federal trucking regulators have proposed revised regulatory guidance for truckers driving a commercial motor vehicle for personal use while off-duty.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 18, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Safety Belt Use Increased Since 2007 Among Truck Drivers, New Survey Says

Seat belt use up since 2007 among truck drivers TT File Photo

The number of truck drivers wearing safety belts increased by more than 20% since 2007, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 14, 2017
Government, Safety

Senate Panel Schedules Hearing With FMCSA Nominee Ray Martinez

Ray Martinez This Is Jersey TV via YouTube

President Donald Trump’s choice for the top job at the federal trucking regulatory agency will tell senators Oct. 31 why they should confirm him.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 26, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Ray Martinez Cites Top Industry Priorities if Confirmed for FMCSA Post

Ray Martinez This is Jersey TV via YouTube

Ray Martinez's top priorities would be ensuring proper regulatory balance and smooth integration of self-driving technologies, and expanding partnerships with the private sector if he is confirmed to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Oct. 2: Seriously, ELD Mandate Is Happening

OOIDA's Todd Spencer Owner-Operator Indpendent Drivers Association via YouTube

Failed attempts in court and on Capitol Hill to delay the upcoming electronic logging device mandate have done little to discourage critics of the rule who continue to push for a delay. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 2, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

New ELD Vendors Flood Market as Mandate Nears

ELD device KeepTruckin

A growing number of technology vendors have been flooding the market with new electronic logging device products in advance of the federal ELD mandate that takes effect Dec. 18.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
August 21, 2017