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Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Names Members of Commercial Driver Panel for Advisory Committee

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the members of its recently formed commercial driver panel, which will contribute to the agency’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes Pilot Program to Study Splitting Sleeper Berth Time

Sleeper A driver rests in a sleeper berth. (Volvo Trucks North America via YouTube)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a new pilot program that would give truck drivers more flexibility with splitting up time in the sleeper berth.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Names Members of Its MCSAC Advisory Committee

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Jan. 13 announced this year’s members for its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, which includes a record number of women as well as its first female vice chair.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELDs Have Improved HOS Compliance in First Year Since Full Implementation

ELD inspector An ELD inspector. Since the ELD rule’s initial December 2017 compliance date, roadside driver inspections with hours-of-service violations have dropped by more than 50%. (FMCSA)

The federal electronic logging device mandate has leveled the playing field among motor carriers and reduced driver hours-of-service violations, but it may still be too early to determine how ELDs have affected safety on the nation’s roadways, industry experts said.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 11, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Maine Lawmakers Petition FMCSA Regarding Lobster Transport

Sorting through live lobster on boat Lobster represents an important aspect of Maine’s economy. According to the Maine Lobstering Union, harvesters in the state landed 101.7 million pounds in 2019, a haul valued at $485.4 million. (WoodysPhotos/Getty Images)

In an effort to ease the commercial transport of lobster, a group of Maine lawmakers submitted a request to federal government officials asking to clarify the definition of “livestock” in a recently issued interim final rule.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Proposes to Add Truck Rear Underride Guards to Safety Checklist

Underride rear guard on Stoughton trailer An underride rear guard installed on a Stoughton trailer. FMCSA said including rear impact guards in the periodic inspection requirements will call additional attention to the critical safety component. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule amending federal safety regulations to specifically add rear impact guards as a required item on the list of annual inspections for motor carriers and roadside inspectors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 5, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes Revised Guidance on Yard Moves

Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey Trucks at the Port of New York and New Jersey. FMCSA's proposed rule would define a move at port facility as a yard move. (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to revise regulatory guidance related to how truck drivers record yard moves as part of their hours of service.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Asked and Answered: FMCSA Experts Address HOS Questions

Trucker looking at ELD While operating under the shorthaul exception, drivers are not required to fill out a log with a graph grid or use an electronic logging device; they can use a time record instead. (MiX Telematics)

FMCSA officials addressed concerns related to the final rule on hours-of-service regulations during an online question-and-answer session on the final rule Dec. 17.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 18, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Plans Information Collection for CDL Testing Delays Survey

CVTA A Truck Training America student drives through the Kentucky State Police CDL test track and road course. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to submit an Information Collection Request associated with its annual survey on commercial driver license skills testing delays.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Drug Clearinghouse Records 46,000 Violations in First 10 Months

Technician tests sample A technician test a hair sample at a Quest Diagnostics facility. The leading number of drug test failures — 24,000 — was for marijuana. (DrugTestingTV via YouTube)

Nearly 46,000 driver drug-related violations have been recorded in the federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse during its first 10 months of operation.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 8, 2020

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