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Rogue Trucking Company Transported Explosives Without Qualifications, Compliance

Federal authorities have shut down a Tennessee trucking company after an unannounced roadside inspection found a truck haphazardly packed with unsecured explosives and multiple other violations that constituted an “imminent hazard to public safety.” On March 23, 2018, a truck operated by RC Stone & Farms of Crossville, Tennessee, was pulled over on Highway 28 in Sequatchie County and inspected by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A Bomb with Wheels Among the cargo that THP authorities found piled dangerously in the bed of the pickup truck were numerous Class 1 explosives, including ammonium nitrate-fuel oil mixture, electric detonators, blasting caps, and detonating ... Read More

Commercial Carriers can Dispute Fault in FMCSA Pilot Program

Commercial drivers and carriers are now able to dispute fault in certain types of crashes that authorities deemed preventable on the commercial driver’s part and have these crashes removed from their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) ratings. In a July 27 Federal Register notice, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that under a new pilot program that started Aug. 1, carriers may submit requests for data reviews under the agency’s Crash Preventability Demonstration Program. The FMCSA will then review and evaluate the preventability of crashes in certain circumstances. As a crash indicator, the FMCSA uses a Behavior Analysis and ... Read More

FMCSA Keeps Drug and Alcohol Testing Rate For Commercial Drivers At Minimum Level

Thanks to results of random drug and alcohol testing among commercial drivers showing positive results less than one percent of the time, federal safety regulators have decided to keep the random testing rate at 25 percent of a motor carrier’s commercially licensed drivers in 2017. Regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require truck and bus companies employing drivers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) to conduct random drug and alcohol tests upon those employees at a nationally prescribed percentage, which is informed by the results of an annual survey. For calendar year 2016, FMCSA lowered the minimum annual ... Read More

FMCSA Plans Central Database To Track Drug and Alcohol Violations Among Commercial Drivers

Federal safety regulators last week announced a final rule clearing the way for the creation of a national database that will centralize drug and alcohol violations by commercially licensed drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the “clearinghouse” database will serve as nationally accessible repository containing records of violations of the federal drug and alcohol testing program for commercial truck and bus drivers. Once the database is running, motor carrier companies will be required to search the system for information about current or prospective employees who have unresolved violations of the federal drug and alcohol rules prohibiting ... Read More

Feds Declare Utah Truck Driver An ‘Imminent Threat To Public Safety’

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared a Utah-licensed truck driver to be an “imminent hazard to public safety” and ordered him to immediately cease operating any commercial motor vehicle. The agency said it served Eddie D. Price with a federal order on Oct. 12, citing his drug use, driving record, and disregard for key safety rules made him a threat to other motorists. On Sept. 9, 2016, Mr. Price completed a U.S. Department of Transportation pre-employment test for controlled substances. The results came back on Sept. 13 and showed Mr. Price tested positive for methamphetamine. The next ... Read More

One dead, 43 Injured After Bus Collided With Tractor Trailer in North Georgia

A tractor-trailer and tour bus collided on a rural North Georgia highway Thursday, killing one person and injuring 43 others. A preliminary investigation of the crash faults the driver of a tractor-trailer hauling a load of stone. Georgia State Police said the truck driver was attempting to pull onto the southbound lanes of Georgia Highway 515 from a side road but couldn’t complete the turn because other traffic was obstructing him. The incomplete turn left the back of the tractor-trailer stopped in the northbound lanes. The bus, chartered from Greatime Getaways in Cobb County, Ga., could not stop in time ... Read More

Commercial trucking industry advocates testing hair for drug use

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is urging U.S. lawmakers to support proposed legislation that would allow commercial trucking operations to test drivers for drug use by sampling their hair. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, ATA CEO Bill Graves said that testing hair for evidence of drug use is more effective than other testing methods. “Every day, thousands of hair tests are performed worldwide within both the private and public sectors,” Mr. Graves wrote. “Their reason for using hair testing ... Read More

Mexican trucking company ousted from cross-border program for numerous safety violations

Federal transportation authorities have banned a Mexican trucking company from operating in the U.S. after finding the carrier had failed to abide by U.S. rules governing commercial transportation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revoked the operating authority of Sergio Tristan Maldonaldo, doing business as Tristan Transfer, on Jan. 23 after giving it a conditional rating during a Dec. 20 compliance review and placing the company on a 30-day probationary period. The company, based in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, operates two trucks with five drivers. At the end of the period, U.S. authorities found the carrier had failed to ... Read More

Dozens injured after casino-bound bus crashes on California highway

Dozens of passengers were injured Thursday morning when a low-cost tour bus headed to a casino crashed on a freeway in Irwindale, Calif., about 20 miles east of Los Angeles. At least eight of the passengers required hospitalization for critical injuries. The bus was owned and operated by a Monterey Park-based company, Da Zhen, which offers one- and two-day trips to California and Las Vegas casinos and other transportation services that are popular with the Chinese community in the San Gabriel Valley. Both the company and the driver of the bus, a Chinese national who has been living in the ... Read More

Indiana trucking firm shut down over numerous safety violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered U & D Service, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana, to immediately cease all transportation operations involving interstate commerce, declaring the commercial truck company an “imminent hazard” to public safety. The regulatory agency said that in conducting an extensive review of the Indiana trucking firm’s operations, it uncovered multiple violations of federal transportation safety rules, “including a continuous pattern of using drivers without valid commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and using drivers that do not meet federal English proficiency requirements” for commercial drivers. Using drivers who don’t possess the proper truck driving training and ... Read More