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BTS Freight Numbers for June Show Trucking Up 5.1% Year-over-year

August 28, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
BTS Freight Numbers for June Show Trucking Up 5.1% Year-over-year

The value of U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $99 billion in June 2, with all modes except truck carrying less U.S.-NAFTA freight than in June of last year. According to the TransBorder Freight Data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), year-over-year, the value of U.S.-NAFTA [...]

‘Jason’s Law’ Survey Confirms Nation Has a Major Truck Parking Problem

August 24, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News, Owner Operators, Regulations, Safety
‘Jason’s Law’ Survey Confirms Nation Has a Major Truck Parking Problem

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released survey results late last week that point to a lack of truck parking information and capacity across the nation, and called for a national coalition to address the problem and help find targeted solutions. Nearly half of the state [...]

EPA, DOT Hear Testimony on Clean, Fuel-efficient Truck Standards

August 7, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Technology

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will hear testimony about their proposed greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for the nation’s freight trucks and buses in Chicago on Thursday. The proposed clean trucks standards will build on standards finalized in 2011, which apply to [...]

President Obama to Tap Chief Counsel Scott Darling to Head FMCSA

August 6, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety

Scott Darling, chief counsel and acting administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be nominated by President Obama to become the agency’s administrator, according to a White House announcement on Wednesday. A year ago this month, Obama named Darling as acting administrator following the resignation of Anne [...]

U.S.-NAFTA Truck Freight Figures in May Down Nearly 6% from a Year Ago

July 31, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
U.S.-NAFTA Truck Freight Figures in May Down Nearly 6% from a Year Ago

The value of U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $92.7 billion in May 2015 with all modes carrying less freight than the same month last year, according to figures included in the TransBorder Freight Data that was released on Thursday. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) said year-over-year, the [...]

GAO Report Backs FMCSA’s Hours-of-Service Rule for Truck Drivers

July 31, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Owner Operators, Regulations, Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today released a response to the recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that examined the agency’s 2014 study on the hours-of-service (HOS) changes that were made in 2011 and implemented in 2013. The report also examined the rule’s assumptions and effects. The [...]

ATA Continues to Find FMCSA’s Safety Proposals ‘Very Troubling’

July 30, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) urged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to do more to improve its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) carrier monitoring system. “ATA is grateful that FMCSA has been receptive to the industry’s request that CSA better account for accident exposure and to compare carriers with [...]

FMCSA Declares Kentucky Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

July 22, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Kentucky-licensed truck driver Benjamin Scott Brewer to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. The federal action follows Brewer’s alleged involvement in a [...]

DOT Chief Cites Damaging Cutbacks as Highway Funding Deadline Nears

July 16, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety
DOT Chief Cites Damaging Cutbacks as Highway Funding Deadline Nears

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent a letter to state Department of Transportation officials this week warning them that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be unable to incur new obligations or make reimbursements to states beginning Aug. 1, 2015 — a day after the current MAP-21 surface transportation authority [...]

Proposed Truck Safety Bill Would Hike Driver Pay, Insurance Limits

July 15, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News, Regulations, Safety
Sen. Cory Booker, (D-N.J.) introduces Truck Safety Act.

Sen. Cory Booker, (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation that would order fleet owners to pay their truck drivers for hours worked rather than miles driven, increase the minimum insurance levels, mandate speed limiters and crash avoidance equipment, and study the effects of excessive commuting for truck drivers. Called the Truck Safety [...]