The Senate Commerce Committee approved Trump’s nominee, Ray Martinez, to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. His nomination must still be approved by the full Senate.
Six large trucking companies are seeking Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration approval to use hair analysis instead of urine testing as part of their pre-employment screening process of truck drivers.
Safety groups are frustrated that the FMCSA doesn’t plan to require a minimum number of hours of real-world driving for new truck drivers.
Volvo, Freightliner, Mack and others are updating truck designs to protect drivers and prevent accidents, while regulators tackle safety with new rules.
A federal appeals court in Boston has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s voluntary Pre-Employment Screening Program for truck drivers did not violate the Federal Privacy Act.
Legislation currently in Congress includes a must-needed clarification that blocks states from enforcing their own unique meal and rest break rules on interstate truck drivers.
There are more large trucks on the road traveling more miles and transporting more cargo. However, there are also more crashes involving trucks and it’s costing more money, according to the FMCSA.
Anti-truck safety advocates say House and Senate bills currently being debated are an “assault on safety.”
The FMCSA announced a 90-day window in which they will take comment from the public on problems created by sleep apnea among transportation workers.