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FMCSA Seeks Comments on Vehicle Maintenance Practices

A technician checks diagnostics on a tractor's engine A technician checks diagnostics on a tractor's engine. (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Federal trucking regulators have issued a request for comments on the role that vehicle maintenance plays in motor carrier safety. The responses will be included in research that will use online surveys to obtain data to address the study’s objectives.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Narcoleptic Truck Driver Seeks Exemption to Get Behind the Wheel

Yawning truck driver Illustration by Getty Images

An Illinois truck driver has filed a rare exemption request with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that he be allowed to drive a heavy truck in interstate commerce despite his medical condition that regulators say likely could cause a loss of consciousness or an inability to control a commercial vehicle.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 28, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA Rule Eliminating Exemptions for Diabetic Drivers Takes Effect

Diabetic testing TT File Photo

After years in limbo, a final rule became effective in November allowing medical examiners — in consultation with a truck driver’s treating clinician — to decide whether an insulin-treated diabetic driver is qualified to get behind the wheel.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 27, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

FMCSA Receives Petition, Grants Exemption Related to HOS Rules

Firefighters in what is left of Paradise, Calif. A firefighter surveys the devastation in Paradise, Calif. The National Mobile Shower and Catering Association, which represents members who are providing support to the firefighters battling Camp Fire, seeks HOS relief. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has received an exemption request from hours-of-service rules from one trade association and has granted reprieve from those rules to another.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 26, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA’s Cathy Gautreaux Values Partnerships, Industry Perspectives

FMCSA's Cathy Gautreaux FMCSA's Cathy Gautreaux by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

FRISCO, Texas — Cathy Gautreaux, deputy administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, emphasized the value of partnership and industry input in an address to members of the trucking industry Nov. 13.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Plans to Expand Off-Site Carrier Audits to All 50 States Over Next Year

FMCSA inspection Officers perform a roadside inspection. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the next year plans to expand implementation of its “off-site safety audit” review process from 10 test states to all 50 states, officials said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2018
Government, Safety

Industry Comments Lean Toward Adjusting HOS Rules, FMCSA's Jim Mullen Notes

FMCSA Chief Counsel Jim Mullen Chief Counsel Jim Mullen address attendees during an FMCSA session at MCE on Oct. 28. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — Jim Mullen, chief counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, indicated that the bulk of the more than 5,000 online comments the agency received regarding potential changes to hours-of-service rules supported tweaking the regulations to increase flexibility.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA Approves Vision Requirement Exemptions for 88 Drivers

Eighty-eight drivers with vision impairments in one eye will be allowed to operate commercial trucks across state lines, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Oct 25.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 26, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Let’s Be Careful Out There

A character on the 1980s television police drama “Hill Street Blues” had a great catchphrase: “Let’s Be Careful Out There.” They’re also words that ring true today for those who make their living traveling the highways.

Transport Topics
October 18, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Like Motor Carriers, Truck Insurers Await Changes to Federal CSA Program

Officers perform a roadside inspection Officers perform a roadside inspection. There's more data than ever on carriers' operations, insurance experts say. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

With potentially big changes coming to the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, insurance companies are hoping for a better way to identify unsafe motor carriers in an environment where insurers may be paying out much higher claims under the current system while some carriers are battling skyrocketing premiums.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
October 17, 2018

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