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U.S. Regulators, Hill Set Focus on Reincarnated Carriers

For Maryland-based Gunthers Transport, a November 2011 federal out-of-service order was not the end of the road for the family trucking business.

June 11, 2012
Business

FMCSA Cuts HOS Waivers for Some Oil, Gas Drivers

Federal regulatory “guidance” issued last week restricted the number of oil and gas well truck drivers who can extend their workdays beyond the 14-hour federal limit under the oil-field operations exemption to hours-of-service rules.

June 11, 2012
Business

FMCSA Eases Empty-Tank Endorsement Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it will not require drivers who transport storage container tanks that are empty or contain residue to obtain tank truck hazardous materials endorsements.

May 25, 2012
Business

FMCSA to Weigh Costs, Benefits of Crash Accountability Process

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Examining whether creating a better crash-accountability process would be worth the cost to taxpayers will be part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s study of ways to assess and assign fault in truck-related crashes, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said in an interview.

May 7, 2012
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Ferro Says FMCSA Is Determined to Weed Out Bad Drivers, Carriers

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is continuing to develop new tools to weed out bad drivers and motor carriers, the nation’s top trucking regulator told a group of law enforcement officials and inspectors meeting here.

April 30, 2012
Business

Rule on Medical Examiners Issued

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released its long-anticipated national registry for certified medical examiners last week, requiring medical professionals who examine commercial drivers to receive training on driver health issues.

April 23, 2012
Business

California High Court Issues Mixed Ruling on Employee Meal Breaks Regulation

A ruling by the California Supreme Court has given employers little clarity about a controversial law governing employee rest breaks, the state’s trucking association said.

April 23, 2012
Business

Trucking’s CSA Concerns Are Justified, Studies Claim

The trucking industry’s widely held concerns that recent changes to the federal safety-rating program are causing sudden, dramatic shifts in some carriers’ scores is justified, according to an analysis by several companies that help fleets manage their safety programs.

April 16, 2012
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FMCSA Rebuts Analyst’s Claim of No Link Between Truck Crash Rates, CSA Scores

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took exception recently to a little-noticed stock analyst report that said there was no relation between two of the agency’s key safety scores and actual truck-involved crashes, saying there is actually a strong correlation between a carrier’s unfavorable safety scores and high crash rates.

April 9, 2012
Business

FMCSA Could Detect ‘Chameleon’ Carriers With Closer Scrutiny, GAO Report Says

Federal officials could reduce the number of fleets that evade enforcement penalties by gaining new operating authority if they closely compared new motor carriers’ information to old carriers that had legal issues, according to the Government Accountability Office.

April 2, 2012

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