Virginia Tech Gets FMCSA Research Grant

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) has been awarded a major grant by FMCSA to study truck driver safety. Worth up to $20 million over a five-year period, the research is expected to build on previous work by VTTI, some of which helped lead to new regulation, like last-year’s changes to the hours of service […]

FMCSA Updates Hazmat Route Registry

FMCSA has published an updated list of prohibited routes for hazmat haulers. The National Hazardous Materials Route Registry (NHMRR) lists “all designated and restricted road and highway routes for highway route controlled quantities (HRCQ) of Class 7 (radioactive)… and non-radioactive hazardous materials…” The updated list, which supersedes the last update made in 2000, is based […]

FMCSA Issues Guidance on Use of Mobile Devices for HOS Compliance

FMCSA has offered revised regulatory guidance regarding records of duty status (RODS) generated by logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones. Commercial drivers are required to complete RODS under federal hours of service rules.(§ 395.8) The changes are intended to clarify previous guidance “by removing the requirement that drivers print and sign paper […]

30,000 Now Certified as Medical Examiners

FMCSA has announced that over 30,000 health professionals have now qualified as certified medical examiners under new requirements. Under rules For more information about this and other transportation issues contact Earl Eisenhart at Follow InsideFMCSA on Facebook and Twitter!

Customs Brokers Support “Safe to Operate” Bill

The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (CBFAA) has added its voice in support of recently introduced legislation to establish a national standard for determining when a motor carrier is “safe to operate.” H.R. 4727, introduced by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN), would deem a carrier safe if it has properly licensed operating authority, does […]

ATA, OOIDA War Over E-Logging Mandate

American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Operators Association (OOIDA) have squared off over FMCSA’s proposed mandate for the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for hours of service (HOS) compliance. A proposed rule, announced by the Agency on March 13, would set minimum performance and design standards; requirements for “supporting documents”; and measures to […]

FMCSA Study Touts E-Logging Systems

FMCSA’s Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology has announced the release of a study report touting the benefits of electronic logging devices for hours of service compliance. According to the Agency the study “quantitatively evaluated whether Class 7 and Class 8 trucks equipped with electronic hours-of-service recorders (EHSRs) have lower (or higher) risks of crashes […]

Supreme Court Declines Review of Mexican Truck Pilot

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again declined to review a legal challenge to a pilot program designed to determine whether Mexican trucks can perform to U.S. safety standards. The program has been repeatedly upheld by lower courts against challenges brought by the Owner-Operators Independent Driver (OOIDA), the Teamsters and others. In the latest case, […]

Truckers Defend Ferro

A handful of independent truckers has spoken out in support of beleaguered FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. In an “open letter” the group of twelve small – business truckers pointedly disagreed with a recent pronouncement by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) that Ferro should resign. Citing Ferro’s vocal support for a major change in the […]

Hours of Service Relief Stalls

Legislation to roll back changes to the driver hours of service rules has failed to advance in the Senate. A provision was included in the FY 2005 transportation appropriations bill that would have effectively stayed for one year changes made last year that limit use of the “34-hour restart” to once in a seven day […]