Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration News

U.S. Agencies Join Probe of Fatal California FedEx/Bus Crash

FedEx Corp. will be in the spotlight of U.S. safety investigations operating alongside local law enforcement inquiries after a fiery truck-bus collision killed 10 people in California. Two federal agencies said that they were joining the probe into the April …

Southern California Bus Company Ordered to Cease Operations

The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered a Los Angeles-based bus company to cease operations after federal safety investigators said they discovered its vehicles were allowed on the road with serious safety defects and its drivers were not regularly screened for …

Safety Regulator Completes Crackdown on Bus Companies

The U.S. Transportation Department, under scrutiny after a watchdog questioned its oversight of bus companies, pledged to do deeper investigations of carriers with suspected safety deficiencies. The department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates the trucking and bus industries, …

Federal Safety Regulators Criticized for Missing Bus Safety Hazards

U.S. bus regulators are overlooking or not catching serious safety hazards before fatal crashes and need to change their auditing practices, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration repeatedly has known about deficiencies before …

Groups Say Regulators Allow Unsafe Mexican Trucks on U.S. Roads

Regulators determined to let Mexican trucks on U.S. roads under a trade deal have downplayed safety shortcomings with companies in a border-crossing pilot program, according to safety, trucking and labor groups. Trucking authorities violated their own rules by letting one …

Trucking Industry Loses Challenge to Driver Fatigue Rule

U.S. Transportation Department regulations to ensure drivers get more rest were mostly upheld by a federal appeals court, a defeat for trucking companies that said the rules would add cost without improving highway safety. A three-judge panel of the Court …

Safety Board Recommends ‘Talking Vehicles’ Technology in New Models

The government should set performance standards for new safety technology that allows cars and trucks to talk to each other and then require the technology be installed in all new vehicles, a federal accident investigation board recommended this week. The …

Lance Surety Launches New Program to Meet FMCSA Bond Increase Requirement

Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. has launched a new program addressing the $75,000 Freight Broker Bond requirement that will take effect later this year. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21) transportation reauthorization bill was …

How Georgia Trucking Companies Escape Safety Scrutiny: Report

Trucking companies in Georgia that run afoul of safety rules can simply shut down and reopen with a name change. The barriers to starting a trucking company are low, according to a review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that found problems …

Feds Shut Down 26 Bus Operators in Safety Crackdown

Twenty-six bus operations that transported more than 1,800 passengers a day along Interstate 95 between New York and Florida have been closed for safety violations in what federal officials say is the government’s largest single safety crackdown of the motor …