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FMCSA Strips Trucking Safety Violators of 10-Day Appeal Extension

If 45 days isn’t enough to show compliance, why allow 10 more? That question has baffled trucking industry watchers for more than two decades, but it was made moot by one stroke of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pen … Continue reading

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BASIC Changes Coming to FMCSA Safety Ratings Program

The seasons won’t be the only thing changing this December. A new safety ratings program designed to increase safety on our nation’s highways is coming as well, bringing with it changes that will impact the daily travels of truck drivers … Continue reading

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FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Probe Leads to Removal of 287 Truck Drivers

I once handled a case against a company that hired a driver to haul gas tankers despite the DOT having pulled the driver off the road for drug use. I also tried a case that involved a company that turned … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea Screenings Aim to Curb Fatigue-Related Truck Crashes

For years, snoring was commonly viewed as a harmless, albeit annoying, sound that people make when they sleep. It turns out that, while the sound itself is just that – a sound – it is often symptomatic of a far … Continue reading

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FMCSA Shuts Down 26 East Coast Bus Operations

Citing violations such as hiring drivers who hadn’t received their commercial driver’s license, and employing drivers who didn’t pass drug and alcohol tests, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently idled 26 bus operations that serviced passengers¬† on Interstate 95 … Continue reading

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FMCSA Eyes Changes in Assessing Truck Crash Accountability

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in an effort to better assess the circumstances that lead to truck accidents, announced that new processes are being studied that will consider more than police accident reports. Transport Topics reported that FMCSA administrator … Continue reading

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FMCSA Toughens Rules on Sanctioned Carriers, Brokers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently toughened its stance on carriers who know their way around the rules, as well as on those with deep enough pockets that paying fines for repeated offenses isn’t enough to make them change … Continue reading

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Speed Kills: Here’s the Trucking Safety Study with Proof

The results are in, and what many people have long suspected is confirmed. Limiting the top speeds of trucks greatly impacts safety on our highways, according to a recent federally sponsored study. According to the study, conducted by a group … Continue reading

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Senate Bill MAP-21 Pushes Trucking Safety Provisions

In a scaled-down transportation bill that targets $109 billion over two years, the U.S. Senate passed MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) by a vote of 74-22. With it comes a number of trucking safety provisions that … Continue reading

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EOBR Rule Delayed; FMCSA Pushes Change to 2012 or 2013

A final rule on mandates that would require interstate trucks to be equipped with electronic onboard recorders will not be issued until late this year or early 2013. According to a report by Transport Topics, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration … Continue reading

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