Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Grants Aim to Improve Safety, Streamline CDL Process

Student driver Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent series of state-level grants will not only improve driver safety, but will also expedite the process of obtaining a commercial driver license, according to Tom Keane, director of the agency’s Office of Safety Programs.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 10, 2017

FMCSA Medical Experts Working to Update Medical Examiner Handbook

A panel of medical experts advising federal trucking regulators are working to revive a defunct 260-page handbook for medical examiners who give physicals to drivers that had been used as if it were mandated rather than for guidance.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 28, 2017
Government, Safety

White House Nominates N.J. Official Ray Martinez for Chief Post at FMCSA

Ray Martinez Martinez via This Is Jersey TV/

Ray Martinez, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s chief administrator, has been nominated to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the White House announced Sept. 25.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 25, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Surveys States on Severity of CDL Testing Delays

CDL driving school Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration earlier this month sent a survey to states asking for detailed information on the extent of delays in commercial driver license skills testing after industry stakeholders complaints that the delays are contributing to a driver shortage and slowing employment start dates for new drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 21, 2017
Government, Equipment

FMCSA Plans to Reduce Annual Carrier Registration Fees

FMCSA has announced a proposed rule to reduce annual motor carrier, broker, freight forwarder and leasing company registration fees by 9.10% in 2018, and by 4.55% in 2019, below current levels.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Some Carriers Worry How Proposed Safety Scoring Could Affect Them

John Sommers II for TT

While a recent public meeting hosted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave motor carriers a chance to vent on a possible plan that could modify the way the agency assesses the safety of the nation’s truckers, the meeting seemed to leave some of them uneasy over what the plan could portend for the future.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Trucks Without ELDs Won’t Be Placed Out of Service Until April 1, CVSA Says

ELD mandate arrives Dec. 18 Rand McNally

Commercial vehicle inspectors will issue citations to motor carriers operating vehicles without electronic logging devices beginning Dec. 18 but will not place vehicles out of service until April 1.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2017
Government, Safety

Truck, Rail Regulators Withdraw Sleep Apnea Proposal

Apnea Thinkstock

Regulators for the FMCSA and FRA announce plans to formally withdraw a 2016 advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding sleep anea.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 4, 2017
Government, Safety

NTSB, FMCSA Grapple With Synthetic Drugs Issues

NTSB's Robert Molloy testifies before N.J. General Assembly Robert Molloy, director of the NTSB’s office of highway safety. (NTSB via Twitter)

A 2014 Oklahoma crash has put a spotlight on the potential problems associated with the synthetic cannabinoid class of drugs such as “K2” or “Spice” that has been sold in convenience stores, gas stations and on the internet, but also remain a popular product on the street.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 4, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

No Names for FMCSA Top Post Nominee, Sen. Thune Says

Secretary Elaine Chao Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — The Senate Commerce Committee’s approval on Aug. 2 of Steven Bradbury’s nomination for general counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation was a step forward in staffing up Secretary Elaine Chao’s leadership team.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 3, 2017