On March 19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) expanded its Hours of Service exemptions for commercial motor vehicle drivers transporting personnel and supplies necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On March 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief supplies in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Employers in the trucking industry are facing heightened requirements for ensuring their drivers’ drug and alcohol compliance: Employers must perform twice as many random drug and alcohol tests of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and must query the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to check the records of current and […]
Both longstanding and emerging motor carrier safety issues will continue to concern federal officials along with commercial drivers, motor carriers, and other stakeholders into 2020.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) called for comment December 16 on a National Association of the Deaf (NAD) petition to rescind the requirement that interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) be able to hear. NAD also requested that the FMCSA amend the requirement that interstate drivers be able to speak and a […]
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) plans to survey short-haul truck drivers about health and safety issues. NIOSH’s parent agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a pilot study.
Trucking companies that have strong safety cultures and take advantage of advanced safety technology have seen better safety outcomes, a National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) study found. There was no single fix for improved safety performance, researchers concluded.
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.
Late last week, OSHA released a couple of important news updates. One announced the issuance of a direct final rule revising the beryllium standard for general industry, and the other addressed whistleblower issues in the railroad and trucking industries. Read up on both of them right here.