Tag Archives: DOT

Scrutiny mounts against DOT Secretary Chao over charges of ethical violations

Alleged abuses of power by Chao include improperly steering grant money, not divesting from a materials supplier that competes for roads projects and organizing meetings between U.S. and Chinese officials to benefit a maritime shipping company owned by…

FMCSA denies reports that hours of service rule has cleared White House review

FMCSA officials have confirmed that a proposal to reform hours of service regulations remains under review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. OMB must clear the rule before it is published and before details of the proposed reforms a…

It’s official: DOT intends to propose hours of service reforms

The U.S. Department of Transportation intends to propose a rule that would change federal hours of service regulations for truck drivers, said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Friday. However, since the rule is still under review, Chao said she …

DOT Secretary Elaine Chao to provide trucking regs update Thursday at MATS

A statement from MATS said Chao will provide an update on the Department of Transportation’s efforts on safety, infrastructure, truck parking, and reducing trucking regulations. She is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. in Conference Room B-101.

DOT establishes council to address self-driving vehicles, other emerging tech

The NETT Council will be a point of access for developers seeking approval to deploy new transportation tech, DOT says. It’s intended to ensure that deployment of new tech isn’t impeded and to streamline the process for obtaining safety authorizations,…

Teamters file lawsuit challenging FMCSA’s ruling on California breaks

The Teamsters Union has become more aggressive in its fight against the U.S. DOT’s late-December decision to exempt motor carriers from California labor laws that require period meal breaks and paid rest breaks.

House clears DOT funding bill that maintains ELD waiver for livestock haulers

Livestock and bee haulers have been allowed to run on paper logs and without an ELD since the mandate took effect in December 2017. However, the bill faces strong headwinds in ultimately becoming law, as lawmakers and President Trump square off over fu…

National truck-parking coalition releases working-group resource materials

Regardless of just where parking needs are greatest, in the wake of Jason’s Law and ongoing organization around the nation to address them, “today’s shortage of truck parking capacity is a national safety concern” — new resources from coalition workin…

DOT asking for crash examples to review for crash preventability program within CSA

The intention of the program is to test the feasibility of reviewing crashes in which truck drivers are not at fault and to remove them from carriers’ and operators’ Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores if they are deemed non-preventable. 

Fines increased for regs violations

A Final Rule that published in the Federal Register today, Nov. 27, makes the new fine amounts effective immediately. The 2015 Act required FMCSA and other DOT agencies to issue an initial “catch-up” adjustment, followed by annual adjustments for infla…