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Federal Rule Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use by Commercial Drivers on the Road

Studies show that commercial vehicle operators using hand-held cell phones while driving have a higher risk of getting into truck accidents. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation made its latest effort to end distracted driving with a final rule … Continue reading

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FMCSA May Waive Hearing Rule for 20 Deaf Drivers

The Department of Transportation may break trucking regulation precedent by exempting 20 deaf or hard-of-hearing commercial drivers from federal minimum hearing requirements for Commercial Drivers Licenses. If it does, this would be the first time this regulation has been waived … Continue reading

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Teamsters, Safety Groups Support HOS Changes in Letter to President Obama

As the October 28 deadline nears for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to announce any Hours of Service rule changes for commercial truck drivers, the Teamsters Union and several public health and safety organizations have sent a letter to … Continue reading

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Hours of Service Rule Change Faces House Resistance

Republican members of the House Transportation committee have vowed to work “aggressively” to prevent changes in the current Hours-of-Service rules that would lead to shorter road hours for commercial truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering a … Continue reading

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New Illinois Law to Improve GPS Data for Truckers

Last week, Illinoispassed a law to improve the GPS data available to truck drivers. The goal is to provide better routing details specific to trucking in the state, thus helping to reduce accidents and traffic. Starting January 1, 2012, the … Continue reading

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NTSB: No Cellphones for Truck Drivers

As I noted last year in reference to a serious truck crash near Munfordville, Kentucky, multiple fatalities make the job of a truck accident attorney even harder to bear. This week, however, I am heartened by news that that particular … Continue reading

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HOS Rules Waived for Relief Trucks in 10 Storm-Struck States

Extreme weather has prompted governors to suspend hours-of-service rules for relief supply trucks in the following 10 states: Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia. Specifically, Hurricane Irene and Missouri River floods have … Continue reading

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FMCSA Changes Hazmat Threshold Rules

In early August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration changed how it determines which motor carriers are subject to the Hazardous Materials intervention threshold. As a truck accident attorney, I view this as good news. The agency has trucking safety … Continue reading

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FMCSA 5-Year ‘Transportation Life Cycle’ Plan Draws Mixed Comments

Recently, I wrote about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s five-year strategic plan to reduce trucking accidents with a holistic regulatory approach that focuses on safety from “warehouse to boardroom.” FMCSA’s plan calls for it to regulate not just truckers … Continue reading

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Will FMCSA Create Database to Track Trucking Safety Violators?

Would a national database that tracked “patterns of safety violations” among trucking company officials, supervisors, and other major influencers make a difference? A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory committee thinks so. It has recommended the FMCSA set up such … Continue reading

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