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Raymond Martinez Confirmed to Head FMCSA

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) finally has a new leader. Raymond Martinez was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate by a voice vote, almost five months after being nominated by President Trump.   Martinez most recently served as head of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. He also ran the New York State […]

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Truck Crash

A Rollover Truck Crash on I-294 Left a Truck Driver Dead and 2 Injured

ROSEMONT, Illinois — Authorities have identified the driver killed in a four-vehicle crash on I-294 near O’Hare Airport that left two others injured.   Illinois State Police said a 2009 International truck with semi-trailer failed to reduce speed and rear-ended a 2004 Peterbuilt tractor with a semi-trailer, causing a chain reaction crash, causing the Peterbuilt […]

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UCR Registration

Reduced UCR Fees Announced by the Government

On January 5 the federal government declared reduced annual fees for commercial carriers required by law to participate in the UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) Plan. In addition to it, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has supervision of UCR published the final rulemaking in its official webpage. The new fees go into effect […]

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ELD

Babin Makes His Last Effort to Cancel ELD Mandate. He Urges Trump to Issue Executive Order Today

On Thursday morning Congressman Brian had a speech urging Trump to cancel the fast-approaching ELD mandate. Bubin presented his speech today, on December 14 just 4 days before ELD mandate (December 18). The ELD Extension Act, or H.R. 3282, was introduced in the summer of 2017 and has since gained 68 additional sponsors. Still, despite […]

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Man was arrested for DOT Registration Number Scam

A 27-year-old man Aaron G. Hynes, was arrested for illegally obtaining 2,100 DOT numbers. He planned to sell this numbers. According to police, he is going to spend 18 months.   Aaron G. Hynes was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Nov. 8 to 18 months in jail and two years of supervised release for […]

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ELD

FMCSA Declared Additional ELD Transition Guidance

FMCSA (the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) today announced on Nov. 20 that in advance of the Dec. 18, 2017 execution of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, and to further facilitate a transition to the rule by motor carriers, the Agency will be providing guidance related to implementation procedures […]

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Four Opioids added to DOT drug tests for truckers

Attention truckers! Since the first of next year, truckers will be tested for the use of four commonly prescribed and sometimes abused pain medications.   The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is amending its drug testing panel in order to meet new Health and Human Services drug testing rules. A final rule was published in the Federal Register Monday, […]

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Tennessee Truck Driver was declared an “Imminent Hazard to Public Safety”

FMCSA (the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has declared Earnest Paul Biddwell, Tennessee-licensed trucker to be an imminent hazard to public safety. In addition, FMCSA suspended his operation of any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.  Paul Bidwell was served the federal order since Cotomer, 2017.   On August 3, CDL […]

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Attention! UCR Registration is Cancelled.

Attention! The United Carrier Registration (UCR) Board of Directors is canceling until further notice the start of the 2018 registration period though FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) finishes the rulemaking process for 2018 payments.   UCR is recommending to all states that the implementation period for 2018 compliance not begin until 90 days after […]

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Truck Driver Charged With Threatening to Kill Trump

A trucker has been charged in federal court with threatening to kill President Donald Trump in numerous phone calls to Secret Service field offices. Matthew Lariviere a Special Agent wrote in a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday that James Anthony Jackson repetitively called the Secret Service field office in Chicago on Oct. 12-13 and made more […]

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FMCSA

Who Will Be the New Head of FMCSA?

  President Donald Trump plans to nominate Raymond P. Martinez to run the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to an update posted to the White House’s website. Martinez is the current chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.   Martinez must be confirmed by the Senate, to become the official head of […]

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USDOT Issued Emergency Declaration Before Irma Hurricane

Elaine L. Chao the Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation has directed FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) to provide the following states with Regional Emergency Declaration before Hurricane Irma: Georgia Florida Alabama North and South Carolina Mississipi Tennessee the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,  and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands   Emergency Declarations […]

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OOIDA Suggests FMCSA to cancel the deadline for ELD mandate

December 18 was set a deadline for ELD (the Electronic Logging Device) mandate. It requires that all vehicles that were produced after 2000 should be equipped by ELDs. Nevertheless, OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association) is not in favor of the rule.   The OODIA justifies its opposition by saying that 26 states failed to […]

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DOT’s Warnings and Restrictions for Truckers About Driving During the Eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, with the first total solar eclipse visible to the continental U. S. in nearly 40 years happening. Therefore, many states in the path of the total eclipse have supplied restrictions to truckers. The eclipse will be noticeable in almost every state of the contiguous U.S., however, at least portions of 14 […]

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FMCSA Official reminds Safety Inspectors about ELDs Registration with the federal trucking regulatory agency

On Aug 9, an agency official remained law executing officials that ELDs (electronic logging devices) should be registered at FMCSA in order to be valid.   Danielle Smith, a transportation specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s passenger carrier division said: “It’s not an ELD unless it’s listed on our website. That’s going to […]

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More than 21 co-sponsors Signed Bill to Cancel ELD Mandate

More than 21 U.S. House members signed the bill to cancel ELD (electronic logging device) mandate by two years. Nevertheless, it should be noted that currently, the Congress is busy with sorting out larger reforms that is why the bill cannot become the law.   The only opportunity that the bill will become a law […]

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Good News for Truckers! Congress proposed 2-year ELD postponement.

If newly proposed legislation about electronic logging devices (ELDs) becomes law truckers will have 2 more years for installing ELDs. On July 19 Brian Babin who announced the bill submitted the ELD Extension Act to Infrastructure Committee as well as to the House Transportation. Under present law and regulation, the mandate is planned to be […]

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FMCSA Proposes Two New Rules Which Eases CDL Transitioning

Two new rules that seek to make CDL licensing more efficient and cut its costs were proposed on June 9 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “Taken together, these two proposals will help ease the entry for thousands of qualified individuals into career opportunities as professional truck and bus drivers – a critical occupation […]

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Wrong Way Crash Which Resulted In Death and a Fire Leads to Days of Repair Work for The I-75

Reconstruction is still in process due to fiery crash on I-75. The collision took place between a car and a tanker which was full of gasoline. The reason of the crash was the car travelling in the wrong direction. Repairs on the road are estimated to continue through Thursday. They began on Monday where crews worked […]

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