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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (49 U.S.C. 113). Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

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OOIDA blasts FMCSA move to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) announced intention to mandate that commercial trucks have speed limiting devices is sharply dividing the trucking industry.

Freight brokers oppose FMCSA push to require publishing rates
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is overstepping its authority by trying to push more transparency in trucking rates negotiated by freight brokers, a national group representing brokers says.

FMCSA makes updates to its SMS website
The United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said this week that it has updated its Safety Measurement System (SMS) website, adding that complete SMS results are now available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS website.

FMCSA rolls out proposed changes to SMS, focusing on reducing and preventing crashes
The United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rolled out proposed changes to its Safety Measurement System (SMS) focused on reducing and preventing crashes.

New app aims to help drivers with sleep apnea stay safe behind the wheel
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a respiratory disorder characterized by a reduction or cessation of breathing during sleep, affects as many as half of the nation’s 3.5 million long-haul truck drivers. But it’s a problem that potentially affects all highway users. That’s because those drivers are five times more likely to have accidents, according to safety data. The good news, however, is that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has determined that treated drivers can be as safe...

Hutcheson formally named as FMCSA Administrator
A new leader is formally in place at the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), with the United States Senate recently formally confirming Robin Hutcheson as its seventh Administrator. Hutcheson replaces Meera Joshi, who served as FMCSA Deputy and Acting Administrator. Joshi left FMCSA in January to take a role as Deputy Mayor of New York City.

Trucking industry split over proposed speed limiter regulation coming in 2023
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a notice of intent to solicit comments that the agency will use to inform a supplementary notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM), which will include a proposal to amend the regulations and set a speed limit. It would affect trucks weighing more than 26,001 pounds.

New study suggests truck drivers abuse cocaine more than marijuana
If you were asked what drug is more abused by the nation’s 3.5 million long-haul truck drivers, which would you choose—cocaine or marijuana? If you picked cocaine, you would be correct. At least that’s the conclusion of a new study on the topic, which is contrary to reports by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on the issue.

Under-21 interstate drivers a ‘drop in the bucket’ in driver shortage equation
A provision in the new $1.2 trillion infrastructure law contains an apprentice program that would allow 3,000 or so under-21 truck drivers to be employed in interstate commerce. But trucking officials and executives say that is hardly enough to make a dent in the nationwide truck driver shortage. American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimated recently that the nation is 80,000 short of full employment in truck drivers—a shortage ATA predicts could hit 150,000 if conditions don’t change by 2030.

FMCSA nominee promises “closer eye” on unsafe truckers
The nation’s top trucking regulator-to-be told lawmakers she is committed to taking concrete steps to reduce deaths and injuries from large-truck crashes. Meeri Joshi said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is investigating how to strengthen its new entrant program and expand the scope of motor carrier investigations to target more at-risk behavior by the nation’s 3.5 million long-haul truckers.

Bipartisan Motor Carrier Safety Selection Act makes a case for needed upgrades
A piece of bipartisan legislation introduced in the United States House of Representatives earlier this month by Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) focuses on augmenting road safety through a requirement by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to enact a Safety Fitness Determination test for motor carriers, coupled with requiring manufacturers and shippers to make certain that trucking companies are licensed, registered, and insured.

Tucker Worldwide CEO takes a deep dive into takeaways related to FMCSA driver analytics
While the subject of a truck driver shortage ostensibly never runs out of roadway, data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) highlighted what a “tumultuous year for trucking” 2020 was. That was a key theme of a recent blog posted written by Jeff Tucker, president of Haddonfield, N.J.-based Tucker Worldwide, the nation’s oldest freight brokerage.

New HOS tweaks in effect with flexibility lauded on 30-minute driver rest breaks
The latest tweaks to the 83-year-old truck driver hours of service regulations went into effect Sept. 29 as the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) attempts to build in flexibility to a monolithic regulation covering some 3.5 million long-haul truckers.

FMCSA gives green light to under-21 truck driver pilot program
In a controversial move that almost certainly will rile up anti-truck safety advocates, the federal government is moving ahead with a three-year pilot program that will allow some under-21 drivers to work in interstate commerce.

FMCSA extends HOS emergency declaration through July 14
FMCSA officials said that the agency is continuing the extension, due to the fact that the national emergency declaration remains in place, adding that a continued exemption is needed to support direct emergency assistance for some supply chains.

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