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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

Truck Driver Barred From Road After Fatal Crash

Federal regulators declared a North Carolina-licensed commercial truck driver to be “an imminent hazard to public safety” and barred him from operating any commercial vehicles after he allegedly caused a fatal accident in New York City and left the scene. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Simranjeet Singh Sandhu, 23, of Durham, North Carolina, was driving a tractor-trailer on the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York March 27 when he erratically switched lanes without signaling and struck a car, fatally injuring the driver. Caesar Contreras, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Blamed For Deadly Pileup in Georgia

A tractor-trailer driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving after allegedly starting a serial crash on Interstate 16 in Macon, Georgia, that killed at least three people and critically injured at least three others. Investigators were still sorting through the charred wreckage of at least 10 vehicles looking for bodies on the morning after the July 11 crash. Authorities told The (Macon) Telegraph the chain-reaction crash started with a tractor-trailer that ran over a pickup truck and a car. A church van from the Greater New Friendship Baptist Church in Dublin, Georgia, was also involved in the ... Read More

Electronic Logging Device Rule For Commercial Vehicles Takes Effect in 7 Months

A federal rule mandating electronic logging devices goes into effect on December 18, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reminded commercial trucking firms and truck drivers and commercial bus operators Thursday. While most commercial tractor-trailers and commercial buses and other vehicles will be subject to the new rule requiring electronic logging devices (also known as ELDs), there are some exceptions, According to the FMCSA, the following drivers and vehicles are exempted from the rule: Drivers who operate under the short-haul exceptions may continue using timecards; they are not required to keep records of duty status and will not ... Read More

FMCSA Urges Commercial Drivers To Take Tire Safety Measures

Whether they’re hauling passengers, hazardous material, or other cargo, there is a lot riding on any commercial vehicle’s tires. Accidents stemming from the tires on commercial vehicles have federal regulators concerned that not enough is being done to ensure that tires are properly maintained and inspected. Tire problems caused about 8,000 accidents per year in commercial trucks alone, according to federal transportation data. These accidents account for about 6 percent of all commercial truck accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigations recognizes a number of factors that ... Read More

Tennessee Trucker Barred from Commercial Driving After Two Alcohol-Related Offenses

A commercially licensed truck driver from Tennessee has been barred from operating any commercial vehicle after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) deemed him to be “an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Jan. 18 order against driver Eric Ronald Scott barring him from commercial driving stems from his arrest on Oct. 26, 2016, for two separate alcohol-related offenses in a four-day period. According to the FMCSA, on the morning of Dec. 31, 2016, the Berlin, Vermont, Police Department responded to a call for assistance at a local hotel parking lot, where they found Mr. Scott asleep in the ... Read More

Tests Indicate Texas Truck Driver May Have Been Drugged, Fatigued Before Deadly Crash

Federal authorities have declared a commercial truck driver licensed in Texas to be an “imminent threat to public safety” after a probe of a deadly November crash turned up drug use and other serious safety violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it ordered Steven Wayne Johnson to cease operating any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. On Nov. 15, 2016, Mr. Johnson was driving a commercial truck along Interstate 70 near Junction City, Kan., when his truck veered across the median and crashed head-on into a passenger vehicle, killing Jessica Michelle Thompson, 26, of Junction City, 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 Announces New National Standards For Commercial Driver Training

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a new rule establishing minimum training standards for all entry-level commercial drivers seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or certain endorsements requiring special skills and additional training. CDL requirements can vary slightly from state to state, underscoring the need for more uniform federal standards because commercial trucks and buses seldom operate within the borders of a single state. The FMCSA also said the new rule, which goes into effect Feb. 6, 2017, establishes minimum standards for commercial driving schools. According to the FMCSA, the CDL training requirements not only ... 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