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Government, Business

Ray Martinez Confirmed as FMCSA Administrator

Ray Martinez Ray Martinez by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The Senate on Feb. 13 confirmed Ray Martinez to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as the Trump administration promotes a comprehensive infrastructure funding proposal.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 13, 2018
Government, Safety

Court Says Pre-employment Screening Data Lawsuits Must Show 'Concrete Damage'

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A federal appeals court has ruled that truck drivers cannot be awarded legal damages merely because there is inaccurate information about their safety violations and crash data listed in the federal Pre-employment Screening Program database.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 13, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Comment on National Consumer Complaint Database

Truck Driver Fuse

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on ways the agency can improve its online National Consumer Complaint Database. The database allows the public and drivers to file complaints against unsafe and unscrupulous motor carriers and their employees.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 1, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Drug Clearinghouse Rule Fails to Give State Agencies Proper Authority

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A glitch in the federal drug and alcohol clearinghouse final rule requires state licensing agencies to check the database for drivers who have flunked their drug tests, but fails to give state agencies the regulatory authority to take action by downgrading or declining to issue a commercial driver license to those drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2018
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

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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

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