Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA’s Ray Martinez Seeks Dialogue With Fleets, Drivers

Ray Martinez Martinez by Jaclyn O'Laughlin

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. — The head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spotlighted key trucking issues — including hours-of-service rules, electronic logging devices and truck parking — during remarks here at an industry meeting, and stressed that he wants his agency to build a positive relationship with fleets and drivers.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 21, 2018
Government, Business

Large-Truck Fatal Crashes up 3% in 2016, FMCSA Final Report Says

car hauler John Sommers II for Transport Topics

A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data drill-down report showed that the number of trucks involved in fatal crashes increased in 2016 by 3% from 2015, but said the “critical pre-crash event” for 73% of large trucks in fatal crashes was another vehicle, person, animal or object in the truck’s lane or encroaching into it.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 21, 2018
Government, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Announces Delay of Rule Involving Driver Medical Cards

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A new federal rule due for implementation in June that would eliminate the need for truck drivers to carry their medical cards has been delayed for three years due to a hack of the registry of certified medical examiners in December.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 26, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Road to Zero Group Announces Three More Safety Grant Winners

NSC's Deborah Hersman National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

The Road to Zero Coalition announced three more recipients of the Safe System Innovation Grants on April 23.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 25, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: Safety Culture Falls Outside Government Purview

Should the federal government be measuring your company’s safety culture? The short answer is “no.” Absolutely not.

Marvin J. Dainoff | Human Factors Consultant, Humanproof LLC
April 24, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

FMCSA Grants Fuel Tank Drivers 5-Year Rest-Break Exemption

Tanker and driver Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a five-year exemption from the 30-minute rest-break requirement for trucks hauling petroleum products and will allow fuel trucks to operate 12 hours a day without triggering the requirement under certain conditions.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Seeking Public Comment on Rules for Automated Commercial Vehicles

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment through May 10 on regulations that may need to be updated, modified or eliminated to “facilitate the safe introduction of automated driving systems for commercial motor vehicles.”

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2018

Editorial: FMCSA’s Listening, Will You Talk?

As of April 1, truck drivers may now be placed out of service for failing to record hours of service using an electronic logging device. There are a few exceptions, but the soft-enforcement phase of the ELD mandate is behind us, and the situation is more real for some drivers: Plug in an ELD, or pull off the highway.

Transport Topics
March 28, 2018
Government, Business

FMCSA’s Martinez Touts Voluntary Safety Culture to Supplement Government’s Role

FMCSA's Ray Martinez FMCSA Administrator Martinez speaks to the Road to Zero Coalition. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Regardless of how many drivers they oversee, trucking companies must helm a culture shift toward safety to reduce roadway fatalities, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Ray Martinez.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2018
Government, Safety

FMCSA Medical Examiners Registry Remains Offline

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s online registry of certified medical examiners was hacked and more than three months later remains out of service.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 15, 2018