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FMCSA Rolls Back Some Truck Driver-Trainee Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is relaxing training requirements for Class B commercial truck drivers seeking to upgrade to a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) by eliminating redundant classroom instruction. The rule change, published by the FMCSA in the Federal Register on March 14, is actually a rollback of driver training regulations published in December 2016. Under that rule, truck drivers upgrading to a Class A CDL from a Class B CDL must undergo the same level of “theory training” as individuals obtaining a CDL for the first time. In addition to restricting the types of heavy ... Read More

FMCSA Urged to Curb Regulatory Exemptions for Commercial Carriers

An organization of commercial vehicle inspectors is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to reign in the number of exemptions allowed to motor carriers, saying they are creating “confusion and inconsistency in enforcement.” Collin Mooney, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), sent a letter to the FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez expressing his concern with the excessive exemptions and their impact on the ability of inspectors to accurately and efficiently perform their jobs. The CVSA, which represents more than 4,000 commercial vehicle inspectors in North America, also suggested the exemptions could erode highway safety. “Since 2015, ... Read More

Idaho Truck Driver Charged For Leaving Miles-Long Acid Spill

An Idaho truck driver faces criminal charges for allowing his truck to leak its load of sulfuric acid on a Pocatello, Idaho highway, causing extensive damage as well as a bicycling accident that seriously injured a man. The truck driver, identified by Idaho State Police as a 59-year-old resident of Pocatello, was charged for violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) rules and Idaho state law for intentionally letting about 60 gallons of sulfuric acid to leak from his truck. The incident occurred on Sept. 27 when the truck driver was hauling about 83 gallons of sulfuric acid from Soda ... Read More

FMCSA Removes Major Hurdles For Diabetic Commercial Drivers

U.S. trucking regulators have rolled back a rule that barred individuals with insulin-treated diabetes from driving commercial vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that commercial drivers with properly treated diabetes mellitus can now seek a clearance to drive from a certified medical examiner. Previously, drivers with insulin-treated diabetes were prohibited from driving commercial motor vehicles unless they received a special exemption from the FMCSA, which can take up to six months to obtain. The FMCSA’s final rule enables a certified medical examiner to grant an individual with insulin-treated diabetes a certificate, MCSA-5876, which is valid for up ... Read More

New Mexico Tractor-Trailer Deemed a Public Hazard After Deadly Crash

A New Mexico-licensed tractor-trailer driver was arrested and ordered off the roads after an inspection following a deadly crash in Kansas turned up multiple violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that on June 13, commercial truck driver Evaristo Mora was driving a tractor-trailer through a work zone on U.S. 54 in Pratt County, Kansas, when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic. Mr. Mora’s truck collided with another tractor-trailer head-on, killing the driver of that truck and a passenger in the cab of Mr. Mora’s vehicle. According to the FMCSA, Mr. Mora had been driving despite having an ... Read More

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

GA Commercial Trucking Co Shuttered for ‘complete and utter lack of compliance’ with Safety Regs

Federal authorities ordered a Georgia commercial trucking company to cease all in-state and out-of-state activities after discovering the company was a reincarnation of a trucking firm that had been under a consent order to improve its compliance with safety regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Daya Trucking of Acworth, Georgia, is an imminent hazard to public safety. The agency said it started investigating Daya after receiving information that it “may be a reincarnated and/or an affiliated entity of Ekam Truck Line LLC.” Last year, Ekam Truck Line entered into a consent order with the FMCSA requiring ... Read More

Chiropractor Arrested for Falsifying Truck Driver Medical Certifications

Falsely certifying commercial truck driver medical exams is as much a serious offense under federal law as it is a threat to public safety. A central Alabama chiropractor and two of his employees are learning this lesson the hard way, federal authorities say. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Alabama, Louis V. Franklin, Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, who resides in Columbus, Georgia, and operates a chiropractic clinic in Phenix City, was arrested Feb. 20 along with two of his employees, Joann Bush and Andrea Daigle. A federal grand jury charged the three on multiple fraud counts relating to ... Read More

FMCSA-Banned Truck Driver Gets 3 Years For Deadly Crash

A Minnesota commercial truck driver with a history of sleep apnea crashes and violations has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in December to a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide. John Ray Carpenter, a commercial truck driver and the owner-operator of a Hibbing, Minn.-based septic services company, fell asleep behind the wheel of his truck in Oct. 2015, causing him to cross the center line into the path of an oncoming car. The resulting collision killed 31-year-old Andrew Johnson, who was working for the city of Silver Bay, Minnesota when he was struck by Mr. Carpenter’s ... Read More

Feds Bar Tractor-Trailer Driver From Road After Drugged Driving Incidents

A Kentucky tractor-trailer driver has been barred from driving across state lines after a series of impaired-driving incidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said. On Dec. 4, 2017, FMCSA authorities served Scotty R. Kinmon, a 28-year-old truck driver commercially licensed in Kentucky, with a federal order to cease operating any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. According to the FMCSA, Mr. Kinmon was deemed to be “an imminent hazard to public safety.” On Aug. 18, 2017, Mr. Kinmon was driving a tractor-trailer west on Interstate 74 in Hamilton County, Ohio, when his truck slowed down to the point where ... Read More