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FMCSA agrees to hold public hearings on proposed Hours-of-Service rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced it will hold a public listening session on its regulatory proposal that would revise hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers on February 17, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. The agency will also webcast the session live with a forum on its website for comments and questions in order to maximize public participation. The proposed HOS changes have widened a rift between the trucking industry, which asserts the proposed changes would restrict business excessively in already economically challenging times, and safety advocates who say the changes don’t go far enough in reducing ... Read More

The eight changes FMCSA hopes to make to hours-of-service rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed eight changes to Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules, which govern work shifts, rest periods, and driving hours for commercial truck and bus drivers. The current rules have gone far in driving down the number of fatigue-related truck crashes and fatalities, but the FMCSA says there is much room for improvement, even though large-truck crashes and fatalities are at their lowest levels since record keeping began in 1975. Since the current rules were enacted, large truck fatalities have dropped 33 percent, from 5,036 in 2003 to 3,380 in 2009. However, FMCSA officials say that new ... Read More

FMCSA and partners showcase latest commercial vehicle technologies

When it comes to improving commercial vehicle safety, technology plays an increasingly vital role. New-to-market and emerging technologies that weren’t available just months ago promise to mitigate the dangers commercial truck and bus drivers and other motorists face on U.S. roads now and in the years to come. To help showcase these new and developing technologies, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration director Anne Ferro participated in last week’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Technology Showcase, held at FMCSA’s Roadside Technology Corridor in Greene County, Tennessee. The CMV Roadside Technology Corridor is a series of operational weigh and inspection stations along I-81 and ... Read More

FMCSA submits formal anti-texting rules to strengthen commercial ban

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has quickened its pace in establishing new rules that would explicitly ban commercial truck and bus drivers from texting and restrict the use of cell phones in general. The FMCSA is expected to submit its proposed rules to the Office of Management and Budget for review today, Monday, March 8. In January, the Department of Transportation announced that existing federal regulations would be enforced against most interstate commercial truck and bus drivers who text while driving, effective immediately, but that existing regulatory guidance “is not a substitute for a formal notice-and-comment texting ban.” ... Read More