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USDOT Announces Winners of 2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator Cathy F. Gautreaux today announced the 2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest winners. Top honors go to 2nd grader Avni Choudepally of Morrisville, North Carolina, and 4th grader Lynn Sun of Livingston, New Jersey.

The winners announced today exhibited exemplary creativity in communicating why all who share the road should make safety their top priority.

The

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

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Kentucky-licensed truck driver Scotty R. Kinmon to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  Kinmon was served the federal order on December 4, 2017.

On August 18, 2017, Kinmon, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was operating a large commercial truck westward on Interstate 74

FMCSA Declares Washington State-based Trucking Company and Its Driver to be Imminent Hazards to Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a Tumwater, Washington-based trucking company, Even Flo Logistics, LLC, USDOT No. 2948660, to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operations after investigators found the company to pose an imminent hazard to public safety. 

A separate imminent hazard order was also served by FMCSA to Even Flo Logistics’ truck driver Shawn Roberts, a state of Washington commercial

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

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared California-licensed truck driver Dharm Lingam to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  

On September 17, 2017, Lingam, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was operating a large commercial truck on Interstate 10 in Pinal County, Arizona, when he lost control of his vehicle,

FMCSA To Announce Additional ELD Transition Guidance

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that in advance of the Dec. 18, 2017 implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, and to further facilitate transition to the rule by motor carriers, the Agency will be providing guidance related to enforcement procedures during the ELD transition.  These will include a 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for transporters of

Safety Belt Usage Among Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers Rises to New National Levels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that safety belt usage by commercial truck and bus drivers rose to a new record level of 86 percent in 2016, compared to just 65 percent usage in 2007, according to the results of a national survey.

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

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Tennessee-licensed truck driver Earnest Paul Biddwell to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.  Biddwell was served the federal order on October 30, 2017.

On August 3, 2017, Biddwell, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was operating a large commercial truck along Tennessee State

FMCSA Declares Georgia-based Trucking Company to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a Decatur, Georgia-based trucking company, Keep On Trucking, LLC, USDOT No. 2928121, to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operations after a federal investigation found the company to pose an imminent hazard to public safety.  Keep On Trucking, which transports general freight, was served the federal order on November 2, 2017.

On August 11, 2017, a Keep On Trucking

FMCSA Awards More Than $70 Million in Grants to Enhance Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded more than $70 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety.

“Our shared goal of a safer transportation system is a top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.  “These grants will further assist state and local officials in their efforts to prevent commercial motor vehicle

Emergency Declaration Issued by USDOT in Advance of Hurricane Irma

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to issue a Regional Emergency Declaration in advance of Hurricane Irma for the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Emergency Declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations