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FMCSA Relaxes HOS Rules as Flooding Ravages Midwest

BNSF train in floodwaters in Plattsmouth, Neb. A BNSF train sits in floodwaters from the Platte River in Plattsmouth, Neb., on March 17. (Nati Harnik/AP)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 19 declared a state of emergency in 16 Midwestern states that have been saturated by heavy rains. Hours-of-service regulations have been relaxed for haulers involved in relief efforts in the affected areas.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Ex-Alabama Trooper Admits Hacking Into FMCSA Database

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A former Alabama state trooper has pleaded guilty to hacking into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s computer databases, gaining access to sensitive data using credentials he obtained while working for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 19, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Railroad Representatives Petition FMCSA for HOS Exemption

A Cranemaster crane rerails some railcars. A Cranemaster crane returns some railcars to the rails. (Cranemasters Inc.)

Two companies and a trade association representing railroad employees have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from certain hours-of-service rules.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 8, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Formally Ends Its Driver Diabetes Exemption Program

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Feb. 21 formally announced the immediate end of its exemption process for the medical certification of insulin-dependent truck and bus drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 21, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Medical Certification Process Under DOT Inspector General Audit

FMCSA Medical Certification A health professional checks a driver’s heart and lungs during a medical exam. (Shutterstock)

A spike in truck-involved fatal crashes and fraudulent truck driver medical certification cases has spurred a Department of Transportation Inspector General audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical certificate program.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 21, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

FMCSA Grants Pyrotechnics Group ELD Exemption

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted certain members of the American Pyrotechnics Association reprieve from the electronic logging device rule.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 19, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Sued by California Over Uniform Meal-and-Rest-Break Declaration

Trucks parked at a truck stop Russ MacNeil

California officials are suing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the agency’s determination that federal rest-break laws pre-empt California’s separate meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Grants One HOS Exemption, Receives Request for Another

FMCSA Chickens are transported for processing. (Getty Images)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted reprieve from hours-of-service rules to one group and received an exemption request from the rules from another.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Drops Plan for Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

Split Sleeper Berth TT File Photo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scrapped plans for a 12-month split sleeper berth pilot program designed to collect real-world data on the safety of drivers who split their sleeper berth time in a variety of ways.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2019
Government, Safety

USDOT: Surface Transportation Agencies Continue as Normal During Shutdown

Donald Trump President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with conservative leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Jan. 23. (Al Drago/Bloomberg)

More than a month into a partial government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Transportation indicates that it’s business as usual for trucking regulators and officials responsible for the country’s surface transportation network.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2019

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