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FMCSA Introduces Further Changes Making It Easier For Veterans To Become Commercial Drivers

U.S. transportation regulators are proposing amendments to existing regulations to allow qualified Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to be included on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The proposed changes are part of the agency’s push to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles at a time when the commercial trucking industry faces a national shortage of qualified drivers. After successful completion of an FMCSA-developed training and testing program conducted through the VA, the physicians would become certified to perform medical examinations of prospective truck drivers and issue ... Read More

Multiple Offenses Prompt Feds To Bar Idaho Truck Driver From Commercial Driving

Federal safety regulators have declared a commercial truck driver from Idaho to pose “an imminent threat to public safety” and ordered him to immediately stop driving any commercial motor vehicles. Justin Dennis’ troubles with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the law started in January of last year when he was subjected to a random test for controlled substances. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires random controlled-substances tests to be performed on holders of a commercial driver’s license. The test administered to Mr. Dennis revealed the presence of methamphetamine in his body. The positive result for meth ... Read More

School Bus Driver In Deadly Baltimore Crash Lacked Valid License

The driver of a Baltimore school bus that collided head-on with a commuter bus last week, killing six and injuring 11 others, did not have a valid commercial driver’s license, investigators said. Glenn Chappell was driving a school bus for Baltimore City Public Schools Nov. 1 when for unknown reasons the vehicle rammed the back of a Ford Mustang, struck a cement pillar, and veered into the oncoming lane where it collided with a Maryland Transit Administration bus. The collision killed the drivers of both buses and four of the commuter bus passengers. Eleven others were hospitalized with crash injuries ranging ... Read More

Commercial Driver Shortage Means More Seniors Behind The Wheel

Faced with a severe shortage of commercial drivers, many U.S. companies and commercial driving schools are actively recruiting seniors in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. But along with the increasing number of senior commercial drivers comes an uptick in the number of crashes involving commercial tractor trailers. A CBS News analysis of crash data found that there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of commercial truck crashes involving seniors in the last three years. According to CBS, there were nearly 7,000 commercial truck crashes between 2013 and 2015 in 12 states alone. The issue of seniors ... 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

Data Shows Commercial Truck Drivers Have One Of the Most Dangerous Jobs In U.S.

Driving commercial trucks may not seem like a dangerous occupation, but according to federal labor statistics, tractor-trailer truck drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., right up there with police officers, firefighters, and construction workers. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that commercial truck driving is risky in ways many people wouldn’t expect. But in fact, one out of every six workers killed on the job is a tractor-trailer driver. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2014 alone, 761 tractor-trailer truck drivers were killed while working, which also marks the fifth year in a ... Read More

Feds Launch Campaign Urging Motorists To Safely Share Roads With Commercial Vehicles

Commercial truck and bus companies and their drivers are bound to a multitude of federal safety regulations intended to keep U.S. roads and highways as safe as possible, but drivers of passenger vehicles also have a role to play when it comes to safely sharing the road with large commercial vehicles. To get that message across and raise awareness about the unique dangers posed by commercial trucks and buses, federal safety regulators launched a new campaign called “Our Roads, Our Responsibility.” According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), nearly 12 million commercial motor vehicles are registered to operate ... Read More

Florida Bus and Truck Company Ordered Out of Service After Deadly Crash

Federal authorities have barred a Florida bus and truck company from operating any further after an investigation of a recent fatal crash turned up numerous safety violations that “pose an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) served Billy R. Evans Harvesting of Belle Glade, Fla., with the order to cease operations on July 29. The company operates a dozen passenger buses used to transport agricultural workers and six trucks for hauling produce from fields to processing plants. On July 2, 2016, a passenger bus operated by Billy R. Evans Harvesting failed to stop at ... Read More

Passenger Carrier Service Shut Down After Deadly Fatigue-Related Crash

A father and son who have been operating as a commercial passenger transportation team have been ordered to cease all interstate and intrastate commercial driver after federal safety regulators declared them to be an “imminent hazard to public safety.” The federal order follows a June 18 crash that left six passengers dead. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Wenceslao Cruz Marquez and his son, Hugo Cruz operated a passenger carrier service although neither of the men possessed a commercial driver’s license. On the day of the accident, Mr. Cruz was driving a pickup truck loaded with passenger ... Read More

Crash Victim Sues City of Tallahassee For Injuries Caused By ‘Unsafe’ Bus Driver

A man who was seriously injured when a Tallahassee city bus collided with his motorcycle has filed a personal injury suit against the city, alleging it acted negligently by allowing the bus driver to keep her job even with an employment record marred by a long history of preventable crashes. Plaintiff Vayden Cannon was riding his motorcycle in the northbound lane of Capital Circle Northwest on Dec. 16, 2015, when he collided with a StarMetro bus that had made an allegedly unsafe left turn. Mr. Cannon was thrown 30 feet from his motorcycle and suffered from numerous broken bones, internal ... Read More