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FMCSA Seeks Comment on Pilot Program for Young Drivers

Ray Martinez, FMCSA Administrator FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez at the 2018 Management Conference & Exhibition. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a potential pilot program that would allow drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate trucks interstate.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Letter: Crash ‘Preventability’ Tough to Define

Transport Topics reports in its April 3 article entitled “Crash Not Your Fault? FMCSA Says Soon It Won’t Hurt Your CSA Score” that the agency intends to identify no-fault crashes beginning in August. The article states the agency will implement its test “preventability” study and incorporate it into CSA without rulemaking.

May 14, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA’s Ray Martinez: Industry Collaboration, Data Play Key Roles in Agency’s Work

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez addresses the midyear conference. (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is focused on improving infrastructure and creating common-sense regulations, and open communication with the trucking industry enhances the government’s efforts.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
May 8, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA Grants SmartDrive Five-Year Exemption Regarding ADAS Camera Placement

FMCSA A previous application of SmartDrive camera technology. (SmartDrive System Inc.)

Federal trucking regulators on April 15 granted SmartDrive System Inc. a five-year exemption to allow an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) camera to be mounted lower on truck windshields than currently is permitted.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Crash Not Your Fault? FMCSA Says Soon It Won't Hurt Your CSA Score

Flashing police lights Beginning in August, eight types of crashes can be classified as “not preventable.” (Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Beginning in August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to make permanent a demonstration program that allows truck crashes in which the driver was not at fault to be listed as “not preventable” in Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA's HOS Rule Suspensions Continue Amid Flood Recovery

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)

Federal and state emergency declarations relaxing hours-of-service rules for haulers involved in the relief response to severe flooding in the Midwest remain in effect.

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

Ex-Alabama Trooper Admits Hacking Into FMCSA Database

FMCSA database was hacked by former Alabama trooper Getty Images with inset logo via FMCSA

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

Diabetes exemption program ends iStock

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

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