Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration News

Wisconsin Limo Service Deemed a ‘Hazard to Public Safety’

A federal agency has ordered a Wisconsin limousine service involved in a fatal crash in Illinois last month to shut down immediately. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered Edgerton-based Lyons Limousine to stop service both in Wisconsin and outside …

NTSB Blames Poor Oversight in Deadly Illinois Truck Crash

Failed safety oversight was partly to blame for a deadly crash near Chicago in which a truck driver for a company already flagged as high-risk fell asleep and plowed into emergency vehicles, a federal accident investigations board said. The panel …

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 …