Tag Archives: FMCSA

In defense of truckers? FMCSA interim boss Jim Mullen says he’s committed to hours of service reforms

As Mullen put it in his talk at last week’s Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association event: “We understand drivers need the flexibility to be as safe as they can. It’s clear the rigid rules do not work. We’re going to go forward with a final regu…

FMCSA extends ELDT deadline by 2 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the compliance date for the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) from Feb. 7, 2020, to Feb. 7, 2022. “This action will provide FMCSA additional time to complete …

FMCSA punts driver training rule as it’s on the verge of taking effect

The rule was set to go into effect in just two weeks — Feb. 7, 2020. It is now scheduled to take effect Feb. 7, 2022. The rule was made final in early 2017, with a three-year window before it took effect to allow FMCSA, trainers, fleets and states tim…

U.S. approves oral fluid drug testing for truckers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Truck drivers could soon face oral fluid testing for controlled substances under a new directive from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The inclusion of oral fluid specimens to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Wor…

FMCSA doubles random drug testing rate to 50%

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has raised the random drug testing rate for controlled substances for commercial drivers to 50% from the current 25% of driver positions. The change went into effect Jan. 1, an announcem…

New research under way on prevalence of sexual harassment in trucking

With the FMCSA moving toward a study of the predominance of the issue of sex/gender- and/or race-related crimes and other harassing or discriminatory acts, one Kentucky researcher and former trucker, Kim Bourne, moves ahead with her own research into t…

News roundup, Dec. 16: Group seeks regulatory relief for deaf truckers; Love’s reopens Tacoma, Wash., location

The National Association of the Deaf is petitioning the FMCSA to remove the requirement for interstate truckers to be able to hear. Love’s reopened its Tacoma, Washington store, which has been closed since September 2018 for renovations.

News roundup, Dec. 13: Group protests apparent training rule delay

The TruckerNation organization has told FMCSA it no longer wants to be involved with the “Our Roads, Our Safety” campaign. The move is intended to express disapproval of the agency’s reported intent to delay the Entry Level Driver Training rule by as m…

News roundup, Dec. 12: FMCSA delays part of drug clearinghouse rule; TCA members set to haul rolling Vietnam vets memorial in 2020

The provision of the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule requiring states to query the database for CDL transactions has been delayed until 2023. The mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals, will once again tour the United States in p…

UPS Freight fined after firing driver who refused to drive without a required ELD

OSHA ordered UPS Freight to pay the driver $15,273 in compensatory damages, $30,000 in punitive damages and approximately $2,700 in back wages plus interest. The unnamed driver was fired for refusing to drive without an ELD, and his termination was lat…