Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration News

Senate Bill Would Expand Big Rig Trucking by Teen Drivers Nationally

Drivers as young as 18 years old could be allowed to drive 80,000-pound trucks between states if Congress goes along with a proposal backed by the U.S. trucking industry that safety advocates say would be a disaster. The plan, part …

Senate Panel Makes U-Turn on Rentals of Recalled Vehicles

A Senate panel killed a proposal to permit companies to continue renting vehicles that have been recalled, a measure criticized by consumer groups, automakers and even some rental-car companies. The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee instead voted Wednesday to require …

South Dakota Trucking Company Ordered Off the Road

Federal transportation regulators have ordered a South Dakota trucking company and its owner to stop all commercial operations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has deemed commercial driver Lonnie Roth and his namesake company imminent public safety hazards. The agency …

Trucking Safety Chief Defends Driver Rest Regulations

The trucking industry’s overseer is giving little ground to critics who asked Congress to loosen U.S. regulations and revise a rating system designed to root out unsafe carriers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s acting chief, Scott Darling, defended rules …

Safety Coalition Sues U.S. Over Missing Trucker Training Rules

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sued by a coalition of groups seeking to force the agency to issue stiffer rules for training entry- level truck drivers. Regulators have missed multiple deadlines set by two laws passed by …

House Votes to Block Raising Truckers’ Minimum Insurance Limits

The House of Representatives voted narrowly this week voted to block the federal government from raising the minimum liability insurance limits for truckers as recommended recently by the regulatory agency for the trucking industry. The vote on June 10 came …

Drive Underway to Increase Truckers’ Minimum Insurance Limits

Truckers would be required to buy higher insurance limits under a government proposal, although how much higher is not yet known. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) concluded in a report to Congress that current minimum financial responsibility limits …

Some Trucking Firms Want Congress to Ease Safety Limit on Truckers’ Hours

The 70-hour cap on a U.S. trucker’s workweek has a chance of being eased by Congress, undoing the result of a 15-year effort to reduce highway fatalities caused by drowsy long-haul drivers. The main federal regulation requiring truckers to take …

Mother of Student Killed in California Crash Sues FedEx

FedEx Corp. was sued over an April 10 collision on a California highway that killed 10 people when one of the shipping company’s trucks smashed into a bus taking high-school students on a college tour. Jennifer Bonilla, one of five …

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 …