Tag archive: FMCSA

Transportation Attorney Larry Hall Quoted Extensively in Bloomberg BNA Article Concerning the Recent Eighth Circuit Decision on Testing Obese Drivers for Sleep Apnea

Here is a link to the Bloomberg BNA story. Could Testing Obese Truckers Weigh Down Industry? Below is Hall’s blog on the potential impact from the District Court. 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…

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…

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…

Risk Management for Trucking and Transportation Companies is About More Than Driver Training and Supervision

When starting any business, especially a family business, the main concern is usually securing enough capital. In that pursuit, however, one thing often overlooked is the protection of those assets through adequate insurance and corporate form (e.g. partnership, corporation, limited liability company). In this article, we examine a recent Illinois case highlighting the potentially devastating…

Inspection Reporting Now Required for Defects Only

Effective December 18, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rescinded the requirement that commercial drivers file inspection reports when there are no vehicle deficiencies or defects. Thus, drivers are no longer required to file a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) at the end of each tour of duty. However, this does not alter…

FMCSA Minimum Insurance Requirement Remains Unchanged – For the Time Being

In 1985, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set a $750,000 minimum insurance requirement for motor vehicle carriers.  Earlier in 2014, there was discussion that a new rule would be promulgated raising the limit above $1 million to reflect inflationary rates.  The new limit was expected to be released this Fall, but has been delayed…

Transportation Safety – There’s an App for that . . .

  From an operations position, safety is always at the forefront of every transportation company’s concerns. Recently, the federal agency charged with ensuring safety on the nation’s roadways, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), developed SaferBus. The first of its kind, SaferBus is a multilingual app that allows commercial bus passengers an unprecedented ability…

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