Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Issues Final Rule for States to Comply With Clearinghouse Requirements

Technicians test specimens at a Quest Diagnostics lab Technicians test specimens at the Quest Diagnostics laboratory in Teterboro, N.J. (Quest Diagnostics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Dec. 12 a final rule extending by three years the date for state driver's licensing agencies to comply with certain Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA to Announce Two-Year Delay in Implementing ELDT Rule

Truck Training America student driver practices behind the wheel A Truck Training America student practices behind the wheel at the Truck Training America commercial driving school in Shepherdsville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal trucking regulators are nearing completion of a formal notice that they plan to delay implementation of the Entry Level Driver Training rule by up to two years after it was set to go into effect on a limited basis Feb. 7.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 25, 2019
Government, Safety

DOT IG Outlines FMCSA’s Top Management Challenges for 2020

truck at loading dock The IG report also said FMCSA’s efforts to improve commercial vehicle safety depend on obtaining an accurate understanding of the role of driver detention within the industry. (Getty Images)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is facing challenges in a number of programmatic areas that could play a role in reducing recent increases in fatalities involving large trucks and buses, according to a new report by the Department of Transportation Inspector General.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

DOT Announces Audit of FMCSA Oversight on Driver Disqualifications

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has initiated an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s oversight of truck driver disqualifications.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2019
Government, Business, Breaking News

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez to Leave Post

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez Ray Martinez addresses ATA MCE attendees on Oct. 5, 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez will be leaving his position at the end of October.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Training Key for Smooth Transition From AOBRDs to ELDs

ELD panel at 2019 MCE Panel moderator Daniel Horvath of ATA listens as (from left) Bill Goins of Old Dominion Freight Line, Jim Mullen of FMCSA and Lisa Gonnerman of Transport America discuss the transition to ELDs. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

SAN DIEGO — As the trucking industry completes its transition from automatic onboard recording devices to federally mandated electronic logging devices, motor carriers should not underestimate the amount of planning and training needed to ensure a smooth rollout, industry experts said at American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 6.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 6, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA: Decision on Adoption of New Item Response Theory Model a Year Away

Truck damage The National Academy of Sciences said the FMCSA should improve its CSA program with a more data-driven way of collecting and compiling carrier performance obtained from sources such as crash reports. (Getty Images)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials will not make a decision until September 2020 whether to adopt a new, complex statistical model known as the Item Response Theory to better evaluate the safety of motor carriers, according to a new audit released by the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 30, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Issues $77 Million in Grants Supporting Truck Safety, Driver Training

FMCSA issues grants. A young driver trains. (Corey Gray)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced more than $77 million in grants to states and training institutions to improve commercial motor vehicle safety.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 26, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Truckers Tell FMCSA of Concerns About Coercion, Flexibility at HOS Listening Session

FMCSA panelists at listening session on HOS FMCSA panelists at listening session on HOS (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Drivers and trucking industry representatives had another chance to voice comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to change certain hours-of-service requirements Sept. 17.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 17, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes 3-Year Delay for States to Comply With Clearinghouse Rule

Drug test and specimen bottle Thinkstock

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the date by which state driver licensing agencies must comply with certain Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule requirements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 5, 2019

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