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Public Input Sought on how Sleep Apnea Impacts Commercial Drivers

It is estimated that 22 million men and women could be suffering from undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a respiratory disorder characterized by a reduction or cessation of breathing during sleep. That’s why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) … Continue reading

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Meet Scott Darling—a Nominee to Lead FMCSA—Who Wants to Make the Trucking Industry Safer

Recently, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a confirmation hearing to consider the President’s nomination of T.F. Scott Darling, III to serve as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator. This would be a position that … Continue reading

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FMCSA Plans to Catch Chameleon Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has plans over the next two years to improve identification of chameleon carriers. Chameleon carriers, also called reincarnated carriers are motor carriers that shut down, often due to outstanding fines related to safety compliance, … Continue reading

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FMCSA will not enforce 30 minute rest provision against short haul drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced this week that consistent with the August 2, 2013 U.S. Court of Appeals decision, it will immediately cease enforcement of the 30 minute rest break provision against short haul drivers. While the … Continue reading

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FMCSA Publishes New Hours of Service Visor Card

This visor card summarizes the hours of service rules and compares the current rule with the changes that will go into effect July 1, 2013. One of the biggest changes is that drivers must take a 30 minute off duty … Continue reading

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Trucking Industry Readies for Unified Registration System

Any effort to get “chameleon” commercial carriers off the road has my support. And because of that, I stand fully behind the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pending Unified Registration System. The URS aims, in part, to keep better tabs … Continue reading

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Trucking Industry Gears Up for Roadcheck 2013

Every industry has at least one red-circle date on the yearly calendar. In the commercial trucking world, the weekend that plays host to Roadcheck safety inspections has achieved that status. Since 1988, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in partnership with … Continue reading

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More News on the Trucking Industry’s Adoption of ELDs

I often hear trucking companies and truck drivers complain that electronic logging devices don’t leave room to accommodate real-life driving situations. When I hear comments like that, I interpret it to mean, “ELDs keep me from being able to fudge … Continue reading

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Trucking Industry Takes a Step Back with Skills Test Rule Reversal

We were in full support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rule that required truck driving schools to send trainees to third-party instructors for skills testing. Objectivity, we believe, is critical in maintaining the integrity of truck driver training. … Continue reading

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New FMCSA Data includes Lack of Seat Belt Use

Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released safety data from 2011, including the following: One-third of truck occupant fatalities occurred when occupant was not wearing a seatbelt; 64% of large truck fatal crashes occurred on rural roads; … Continue reading

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