Laws and potential legislation that affect public safety, the trucking industry

This crash shows you exactly why trucking companies are supposed to do safety inspections

A quick lesson in trucking law: maintenance duty You probably know that specific laws and regulations apply to all commercial trucks that use our public highways.* One of those rules: every trucking company must have a regular truck maintenance program to keep its equipment in safe operating condition. As a back-up, the truck driver must [...]

2015-09-29T20:12:24+00:00September 29th, 2015|Truck Tires and Maintenance, Trucking Laws|

Congress is wrong: why the minimum insurance limits for trucks need to change

In June, the US House of Representatives passed a transportation bill – HR 2577– with a strange provision: it stops the Department of Transportation from updating minimum trucking insurance requirements. Commercial truck insurance minimums haven’t changed in 30 years. The federal government sets a “floor”: a minimum amount of insurance coverage commercial trucks must carry. [...]

2015-07-07T17:15:39+00:00July 7th, 2015|Trucking Laws|

Trucking safety rule changes shows industry protecting profits over drivers

The trucking industry is getting a holiday bonus from the U.S. Congress. The federal spending bill just passed for 2015 includes a provision that will undo many of the trucking safety rule  changes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented last year. The current trucking safety rules—mandating a 30-minute break every 8 hours, and [...]

2014-12-23T16:32:10+00:00December 23rd, 2014|Trucking Laws|

Trucking industry fights to hide truck safety records from public

It’s rare that hiding information helps to solve a problem. This is not an exception. The Safer Trucks and Buses Act, a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Barletta, would remove the trucking carrier safety rankings from public view. Anyone can check a carrier’s safety record on the Federal Motor Carrier [...]

2014-09-24T21:58:40+00:00September 24th, 2014|Trucking Industry News, Trucking Laws|

A plan to catch chameleons

Chameleon carriers are trucking companies that shut down to hide from penalties after multiple safety violations or crashes—and then re-open under a new name. For more, see Chasing the Chameleon. CNBC Investigations: Wiping clean the safety records of trucking companies These carriers run some of the most dangerous trucks on the road: 18% [...]

2014-08-15T09:30:21+00:00August 15th, 2014|Trucking Industry News, Trucking Laws|

Chasing the chameleon

The term “chameleon” refers to one that is subject to quick or frequent change, especially in appearance. Chameleons change in order to hide. Hiding from safety In the trucking industry, The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) use a DOT number to identify every company that operates semi-trucks. Theses [...]

2014-08-08T15:29:44+00:00August 8th, 2014|Trucking Laws|

Senate tries to weaken truck safety rules – right before semi hits Tracy Morgan

Just a few days prior to Tracy Morgan’s tragic accident, the U.S. Senate had moved to weaken federal hours-of-service rules aimed at preventing trucker fatigue. Mr. Morgan was seriously injured, and another comedian was killed, after their vehicle was struck by a semi. The truck driver was charged with death by auto and four counts [...]

2014-08-05T17:06:36+00:00August 5th, 2014|Trucking Laws|

New FMCSA Rules for Truck Drivers Hours-of-Service

The U.S. Department of Transportation has taken new action to address driver fatigue and to make sure that truck drivers get the rest they need to operate safely when on our public roadways. The new rule issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reduces by 12 hours the maximum number of hours a [...]

2012-01-10T15:14:16+00:00January 10th, 2012|Trucking Laws|