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Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Issues Guidance for Drug Testing During Emergency

Drug testing technician with specimen A Quest Diagnostics technician tests hair for drugs. (Quest Diagnostics)

Federal trucking regulators have issued “reasonable flexibility” guidance for motor carriers and drivers to follow for drug and alcohol testing during the COVID-19 emergency.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

FMCSA Issues COVID-19 Waiver for Truck Drivers With Learner Permits

Student driver with trainer A student trains behind the wheel with his instructor. (Roadmaster Drivers School)

Federal trucking regulators have issued a three-month waiver that will allow truck drivers with commercial learner permits to operate during the COVID-19 emergency without a commercial licensed driver in the front seat of the cab, provided the CDL driver is in the truck.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Stakeholders Offer Suggestions to FMCSA for Large-Truck Crash Study

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Trucking industry trade groups and other stakeholders have made a variety of suggestions to federal trucking regulators about how they should design and conduct a new major study to identify factors contributing to reportable large-truck crashes.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 27, 2020
Government, Business

FMCSA Grants Limited Exemptions for Expired CDLs, Medical Cards

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 24 issued a formal notice that it will not take enforcement action for certain expired commercial driver licenses, learner permits and medical certifications through June 30.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Postpones Truck Safety Summit Over Coronavirus

Dan Knight of FedEx Freight inspects his truck Dan Knight of FedEx Freight inspects a truck during pre-trip inspection competition at the 2019 National Truck Driving Championships. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is postponing its Truck Safety Summit due to coronavirus-related concerns.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 13, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Clearinghouse Operational After Technical Difficulties

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is functioning normally after experiencing connectivity issues that rendered the system unable to validate commercial driver licenses.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 5, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Movie Industry’s Drivers Seek Exemption From Full Clearinghouse Queries

Unloading movie equipment from truck Movie set employees David Pickar (front) and Bruce Henderson unload lighting equipment from a truck Aug. 4, 2005, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

A group that provides commercial motor vehicle driver services for major motion pictures studios, independent productions and commercial production houses in the U.S. has asked for an exemption that would allow it to conduct limited queries of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for its drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced March 5.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 5, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Announces Plans for March 19 Safety Summit

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning a Safety Summit on March 19 for motor carriers, drivers, safety technology developers and users, federal and state partners, and safety advocate groups to share ideas on improving truck safety.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 2, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA to Study Prevalence of Harassment, Assaults Against Female, Minority Male Drivers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has contracted with research firm Battelle to study and survey the prevalence, seriousness and nature of the problem of harassment and assaults against female and minority male truckers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 27, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

UPS Requests Exemption for Driver-Trainees to Operate Doubles

UPS John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Feb. 24 that it is seeking comment on a 2019 request from United Parcel Service Inc. in which the carrier seeks a five-year renewable exemption from federal regulations in order to allow its driver-trainees with commercial learner permits to operate twin 28-foot trailers on public roads.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 24, 2020

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