FMCSA Wants to Raise Insurance Minimums

FMCSA has initiated a rulemaking to revise the minimum levels of insurance required to be carried by commercial truckers. In a recent report to Congress, the agency said that while it doesn’t happen often, the financial damages resulting from some crashes “far exceed” the current levels.  It noted “a variety of recent studies indicate that […]

TIA Backs National “Safe to Operate” Standard

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is backing new legislation to establish a national standard for determining when a motor carrier is “safe to operate.” The bill, expected to be introduced shortly by Rep.  John Duncan (R-TN) would deem a carrier safe if it has properly licensed operating authority, does not have an unsatisfactory rating from […]

CSA Panel to Meet

The next meeting of FMCSA’s advisory panel charged with addressing improvements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program will take place 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, April 29-30 at the Federal Highway Administration’s National Highway Institute, 1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 300, Arlington, VA. According to the agency, the purpose of the meeting is to […]

Comment Period Extended on Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule

Interested parties will have more time to comment on FMCSA’s proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The agency has extended the deadline for comments to be submitted from April 21 to May 21, 2014. The change comes in response to a request for extension by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) which cited […]

OOIDA Seeks Delay in Medical Certification Deadline

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has petitioned FMCSA for a delay in a requirement that medical professionals performing DOT physicals be certified to new standards. Under rules published in 2012, anyone performing DOT physicals must be trained and certified to new standards and listed on an FMCSA registry by no later than May 21, […]

FMCSA Reinstates Informal Hearing Process

FMCSA will reinstate a program to permit the option of requesting an informal administrative hearing procedure as an alternative for adjudication of contested civil penalty claims. The idea is to provide for expedited consideration of a civil penalty case “without the formalities attendant to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.” Arguments will not be […]

ATA Irked by Some Parts of Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse Plan

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is unhappy with some aspects of a proposed rule to create a central database of positive driver drug and alcohol tests. Under the proposal, published February 20, employers and third party testing organizations would be required to report positive test results and refusals for employees and prospective employees and to […]

Crunch is on for Medical Examiner Certification

Time is running short for medical examiners to be certified to perform DOT-required physicals. Under rules published in 2012, anyone performing DOT physicals must be trained and certified to new standards and listed on an FMCSA registry by no later than May 21, 2014. Beginning at that time all drivers undergoing a DOT physical must […]

Shuster, Petri Seek GAO Study of HOS Changes

Two leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have formally asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the validity of information FMCSA used to make changes to the hours of service rules. GAO is the research arm of Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the Committee and Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI), Chairman […]

HOS Relief in DOT Funding Bill?

Capitol Hill sources indicate that relief from some hours of service regs could be included in the FY 2015 Transportation Appropriations Bill currently being drafted in Congress. The provision would effectively rescind changes that were made last year to the so-called “34-hour restart.” In July, 2013 FMCSA began enforcing changes that limit use of the restart […]