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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

Tractor-Trailer Driver Arrested In Deadly California Collision

An allegedly intoxicated tractor-trailer driver who caused a deadly six-vehicle pileup in Orcutt, California, will face at least two criminal charges, investigating authorities say. On Feb. 7, Gilbert Pena, 56, was driving a tractor-trailer on Highway 135 southbound in Orcutt when his truck slammed into the back of a Nissan sedan, killing 60-year-old Orcutt resident Rickie Motley and his passenger, 24-year-old Solvang resident Jesse Donald Gluyas. The collision drove the Nissan into four other vehicles causing a pileup that injured two other people. The California Highway Patrol doesn’t know why Mr. Pena drove his tractor-trailer into the cars, but an ... 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

Trucking Data Reveals Riskiest Driving Times, Locations, Behaviors

Commercial trucking data collected from 166,000 video event recorders of 100 billion miles driven has provided an unprecedented view of truck-driving safety, risk factors, and behaviors. The video event recorders connect truck driver behaviors to certain events, such as collisions and near-collisions, then time-stamps and geographically plots them. Lytx’s report aggregates data from several hundred fleets, including more than 16 million driver behaviors and nearly 7 million risky events, to identify key trucking safety information, such as where and when collision risks are the highest. According to Lytx, the data represents more than 100 billion miles of truck driving data. ... 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

Feds Deem Kentucky Tractor-Trailer Driver ‘Imminent Threat’

Federal authorities have barred a Kentucky tractor-trailer driver from operating any kind of commercial vehicle outside of Kentucky after uncovering a multitude of serious violations that jeopardized public safety. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Jerry Jasper poses “an imminent threat to public safety” should he continue to operate a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. On Dec. 6, 2017, Mr. Jasper was operating a large commercial truck on State 4 Highway in Rush County, Kansas, when he was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol Officer for a speeding violation. The highway patrolman further inspected Mr. ... 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 bars Washington trucking firm and driver from operating

Federal authorities have ordered a Washington-based trucking company and one of its drivers to immediately cease all in-state and intrastate operations after finding them to pose an imminent threat to public safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that the orders were given to Even Flo Logistics LLC of Tumwater, Washington, and Even Flo Logistics’ truck driver Shawn Roberts, who holds a Washington State commercial driver’s license. According to the FMCSA, in August 2017 the Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division conducted a compliance investigation of Even Flo Logistics. That investigation was prompted by multiple roadside inspections ... Read More

FMCSA: Tennessee Truck Driver A Deadly Threat To Other Motorists

Federal authorities have declared a Tennessee commercial truck driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him to stop operating any commercial motor vehicle after he caused a deadly accident and left the scene. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Earnest Paul Biddwell, who holds a commercial driver’s license from Tennessee, was operating a large commercial truck on Tennessee State Route 305 in McMinn County in August when the gooseneck trailer hitched to his truck came loose and separated. When the gooseneck trailer, a long flatbed trailer that can support other structures, detached from ... Read More

N.Y. Home Destroyed by Tractor Trailer After Driver’s Medical Emergency

A family whose New York home was struck by a tractor trailer in May told reporters that the damage was so extensive that their only option was to demolish the house. According to WIVB Channel 4 Buffalo, the May 28 crash occurred when driver David Raney, 57, of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, suffered a medical emergency and lost control of the tractor trailer while driving along Interstate 90 in Hamburg, New York. The tractor trailer struck a utility pole and crashed through a chain-link fence before careening into the home. Hazmat crews were dispatched to the scene of the crash, ... Read More