FMCSA Rejects Petition to Exempt $75,000 Broker Bond

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied a request by the Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents that all property brokers and freight forwarders be exempted from the agency’s $75,000 bond provision. The increase in the minimum bond requirement from $10,000 was a provision in the 2012 transportation law known as MAP-21. FMCSA Read More »

FMCSA Announces $30 Million to Help States Collect Safety Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Jan. 12 announced that $30 million is available to help states modernize their safety data technologies. Through the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks and the Performance Registration Information Systems Management grant programs, FMCSA is seeking to help state agencies improve how they collect and disseminate real-time data Read More »

FMCSA to Seek Input on Increasing Minimum Insurance Levels

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Nov. 28 published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on increasing the minimum insurance levels for carriers and brokers. Instead of specifying a proposed minimum insurance level, the notice instead asks carriers and brokers to answer dozens of detailed questions — such as what they currently pay in premiums; whether Read More »

Congressman’s bill requires revamp of CSA

Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, introduced the “Safer Trucks and Buses Act” (H.R. 5532). The legislation would prohibit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from publishing motor safety scores on its website until the agency revamps its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) scoring system. Under the bill, FMCSA must submit to Congress an improvement plan and Read More »

Coalition asks FMCSA to pull CSA scores from public view

U. S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx received a letter from coalition of transportation trade groups asking that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) remove motor carriers’ Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores from the public view of its Safety Measurement System (SMS) website. As a basis for the request, the letter cites research Read More »

Proposed Reverse Logistics Rule to Offer Exemption From Some Regs

A proposed reverse logistics rule would offer an exception from existing regulations for certain reverse logistics shipments by highway that will create “opportunities for reduced compliance costs among hazmat shippers and carriers, without any decrease in safety,” federal hazmat regulators said. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration said its proposal, issued Aug. 11, aims to Read More »

FMCSA waiver program for vets now recognized in all 50 states and DC

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that its waiver program that helps experienced veterans and active duty personnel transition into civilian jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers has been expanded to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. On June 27, 2014, Alaska became the 50th state to participate in the Read More »

Roadcheck Safety Inspections Target Driver Logs, Hazmat Transport

LANDOVER, Md. – Federal, state and local safety officials kicked off the annual Roadcheck event here June 3 at FedEx Field with the goal of pulling in 17 trucks and buses per minute across North America for 30-step, Level 1 safety inspections. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration combine Read More »

FMCSA Proposal for recordkeeping

Federal regulators are moving into the digital age with a new proposal to officially allow motor carriers and drivers to prepare and keep certain documents electronically. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed rule changes that would allow the use of electronic methods to sign, certify, generate, exchange, and/or maintain many records that Read More »

ATRI Criticizes FMCSA’s Defense of 34-Hour HOS Restart Provision

The American Transportation Research Institute issued a technical memorandum criticizing a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that endorsed the agency’s new restart provision of hours of service that took effect in July. ATRI’s report, released April 22, was prepared in response to an FMCSA document released in January that said the HOS Read More »