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Hours of Service for Drivers: FMCSA Proposes Changes

The Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled proposed changes to its rules covering drivers’ hours of service. The changes would provide greater flexibility for both long- and short-haul drivers.

FMCSA Proposes New Safety Fitness Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a rulemaking proposal designed to enhance the Agency’s ability to identify noncompliant motor carriers. Find out what it entails.

Lack of Registration Number Tops in Hazmat Violations

Don’t get caught short by a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspection. In its most recent data for fiscal year (FY) 2016, DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had performed 26,570 roadside inspections of trucks targeting compliance with hazardous materials transportation regulations. During these inspections, DOT inspectors found 5,894 violations. The top violation […]

Coercion of Commercial Drivers Prohibited

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule prohibiting employers from forcing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The rule includes reporting procedures for drivers who feel they are being coerced to break the law. Today we will focus on certain aspects of […]

New FMCSA Rule Imposes Penalties for Coercion of CMV Drivers

Effective January 29, 2016, motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries are prohibited from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in violation of several provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs); the commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations, drug and alcohol testing rules; the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs); and commercial regulations. Keep […]

Unsecured Packages Tops in Top 10 HazMat Violations

The top violation DOT inspectors have found so far in FY 2015 is that packages are not secured in vehicles. At 1,207 violations, this mistake accounted for 8.12% of the total violations. Following at a close second, inspectors have found 1,197 instances when there was no copy of the U.S. DOT registration number in the […]

Top 10 Hazmat Violations

In its most recent data, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had performed over 154,000 roadside inspections of trucks in 2012 targeting compliance with hazardous materials transportation regulations. During these inspections, DOT inspectors found almost 35,000 violations.

Does DOT Require Universal Waste Handlers to Be Trained?

Large quantity handlers of universal waste (greater than 5,000 kg of accumulated waste at any one time) 40 CFR 273.36: LQHUW must be thoroughly familiar with proper waste handling and emergency procedures relative to individual responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies. Some universal wastes are regulated by DOT as hazardous materials because they meet […]