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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 | Senior 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
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Proposes 2020, 2021 Reductions to Commercial Vehicle Registration Fees

FMCSA proposes reductions to commercial vehicle registration fees. Trucks on the road. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule that would continue to reduce commercial vehicle registration fees in 2020 and 2021, the agency said in a Federal Register announcement on Aug. 27.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 3, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Scam Uses DOT Biennial Update Deadlines to Target Wisconsin Trucking Firms

Trucks travel on Interstate 39/90 between Madison and Beloit in south-central Wisconsin Trucks travel on Interstate 39/90 between Madison and Beloit in south-central Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Department of Transportation)

Wisconsin-based trucking companies have been warned about scam letters informing them they have accrued late fees by failing to file their biennial update with the U.S. Department of Transportation on time.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 3, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Declares Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

People in Florida prepare after FMCSA announced a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Florida residents prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Ellis Rua/Associated Press)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an emergency declaration Aug. 29 for the states and territories that are expected to lie in Hurricane Dorian’s path, offering regulatory waivers for motor carriers involved in relief efforts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA to Hold Second Listening Session Sept. 17 on HOS Proposal

Woman reading with dog in sleeper berth A truck driver relaxes in her sleeper berth. (TruckPR-Flickr)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that on Sept. 17, it will conduct a second listening session on potential changes to the agency’s hours-of-service rule.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 30, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Drivers Offer FMCSA Tweaks to Proposed HOS Rule

Truck driver sleeps in sleeper berth A truck driver sleeps in a sleeper berth. At the listening session, many drivers said they'd like to be in control of how to divide off-duty time in the sleeper berth. (TT file photo)

Federal trucking regulators got a variety of suggestions, mostly from truckers, on how to tweak a proposed hours-of-service rule designed to give drivers more flexibility to do their jobs, but safely.

Eleanor Lamb and Eric Miller | Staff Reporters
August 23, 2019

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