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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

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

FMCSA To Test Hours-of-Service Rule Change For Commercial Drivers

Federal transportation regulators are planning to test new hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers that would allow them to split their off-duty time into two shorter segments without exceeding current on-duty driving limits. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hopes to enroll about 200 commercial truck drivers in the pilot program, which essentially rolls back hours-of-service regulations to a previous standard that allowed drivers to split their sleep berth time. Under the program, commercial truck drivers who regularly use a sleeper berth would be allowed to divide their 10 hours of off-duty time into two separate sleeper berth splits ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Probe of Fatal Crash Uncovers Multiple Safety Violations For Mass. Trucking Company and Owner

U.S. safety regulators deemed a Massachusetts-based commercial trucking firm and its owner to be “an imminent hazard to public safety” and ordered them to immediately cease all their trucking operations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it found that Kamway Services of Lowell, Mass. and John Kamau, a commercial driver and the company’s owner, completely ignored critical federal safety regulations, and that its violations put the public at risk. The agency came to its conclusion after an investigation of a fatal crash in Maine involving Kamway and Mr. Kamau. On Nov. 18, 2016, a Kamway truck driven by ... 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

Canadian Truck driver Arrested In Maine After Illegal Turn Sends Motorist To Hospital

Maine State Police arrested a Canadian truck driver on a charge of aggravated driving to endanger after he illegally used the “authorized access” lane on Interstate 95, causing another motorist to crash and suffer life-threatening injuries. Authorities said that Dario Dosen, 49, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, was driving a tractor trailer on I-95 August 25 when he missed his exit in Hampden and attempted to make a U-turn onto the southbound lanes from the left northbound lane by using an access restricted to law enforcement and Department of Transportation vehicles. Brian Richardson, 33, of Veazie, Maine, was forced to ... 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

Feds Order Tennessee Truck Driver Off The Road After Deadly Crash

Federal traffic safety regulators have ordered a Tennessee commercial truck driver to cease driving after an investigation of a fatal crash in Maine turned up multiple safety violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) deemed driver Randall Weddle an imminent hazard to public safety – a measure the agency takes when it believes a driver is too dangerous to allow behind the wheel of a large truck. The order for him to cease operating was issued on June 22. According to the FMCSA, Mr. Weddle was driving a tractor trailer for Tennessee-based R&E Logistics Inc. on March 18. While ... Read More

OSHA finds Trucking Firm Violated Whistleblower Protections By Firing Driver Who Refused To Violate Safety Rules

A truck driver who was concerned he couldn’t complete a delivery from Massachusetts to New Jersey and back without violating federal safety regulations and putting himself and others at risk thought he’d devised a solution to deliver his cargo on time and comply with the regulations. But instead of thanking him, his employer fired him. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), NFI Interactive Logistics Inc. of Cherry Hill, N.J., violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act when it punished the driver for his refusal to violate federal safety rules. Subsequently, OSHA ordered the company to ... Read More