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U.S. Department of Transportation Sponsors Capitol Christmas Tree During Journey Across the United States

Highlights critical role of commercial trucks during holiday season and reminds public to share the road safely

QUESTA, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor CarrierSafety Administration (FMCSA) today helped kick off the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree’s journey from its origin in Carson National Forest in New Mexico to the nation’s capital.  FMCSA’s on-the-ground team conducted a full safety inspection of

U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes $74 Million in Cost Savings By Reducing Burdensome Rules on the Commercial Buses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a proposed rule to reduce regulatory costs by $74 million per year by removing an information collection burden for commercial buses, without adversely impacting safety on the nation’s roadways.

“This proposal is a commonsense way to reduce unnecessary burdensome regulatory costs while ensuring the highest level of safety on our roads,” said U.S

FMCSA Declares Ohio Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Ohio-licensed commercial driver Gregory Alan Barnhart to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  Barnhart was served the federal order on October 28, 2019.

On September 28, 2019, Barnhart, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was operating a commercial truck on State Route 534

US Department of Transportation Offers New Resource to Help Military Reservists and Servicemembers Find Jobs in the Trucking Industry

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a new job opportunities website to help 18-20-year-olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) find and apply for jobs with interstate trucking companies.   

“Our country has a shortage of truck drivers. This resource will help military service members translate their training into good-paying

FMCSA Opens Registration for Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that registration is now open for the Congressionally-mandated Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  Commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, employers, medical review officers, and substance abuse professionals can now visit https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov and register to create a secure

U.S. Department of Transportation Awards Over $77 Million in Grants to Improve Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded $77.3 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety.

“Safety is the Department’s top priority and these grants will further assist state and local officials in their efforts to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.  

“This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,”

Department of Transportation Revises Bus Lease and Interchange Regulations and Reduces Regulatory Costs by Over $8 Million Annually

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that revises the agency’s regulations governing the lease and interchange of commercial buses, which is estimated to save over $8 million in regulatory costs, without reducing safety.

FMCSA’s final rule includes the following provisions:

Revises the definition of lease to exclude carriers with FMCSA-issued operating authority that grant the use of

FMCSA Declares Missouri Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Missouri-licensed truck driver Bruce Andrew Pollard to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  Pollard was served the federal order on August 2, 2019.