Category archive: FMCSA

FMCSA and Court Target Specific Policies for Drivers with Sleep Apnea

On March 10, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested comments regarding proposed rulemaking related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its effects on transportation safety. OSA causes restless sleep, which can lead to deficits in attention, concentration, situational awareness, and memory.  While all truck drivers are screened for respiratory issues, FMCSA’s notice…

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Proposes Big Changes to Motor Carrier Safety Fitness Determinations

On January 15, 2016, the FMCA released a proposal to change the method for assigning motor carriers’ safety fitness determinations (SFD). Presently, a safety fitness determination (SFD) can only be made following an on-site compliance review. Compliance reviews are extremely labor intensive, and only a very small percentage of motor carriers can be evaluated every…

New Electronic Logging Device Final Rule is Released

Yesterday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced and released the long awaited electronic logging device (ELD) final rule.  This final rule mandates use of ELDs by interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles who currently use a driver’s record of duty status (driver’s log) to record their hours of service.  Within two years, motor…

FMCSA Says You Are Not Limited to Third-Party Vendor License Motor Inc.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations require that fleets check their drivers’ commercial license status at least annually to verify the driver has not been convicted of any serious traffic violation or the license disqualified. In 2003, FMCSA stated in a guidance announcement that it was okay for motor carriers to use a third-party…

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