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FMCSA Initiates Annual Drug and Alcohol Information Survey

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has begun notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit their 2016 USDOT drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days as directed by 49 CFR § 382.403

The Annual Drug and Alcohol Information Survey results are used to determine

FMCSA Sets Schedule for Safety Fitness Determination - Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update its present Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) methodology and enhance the Agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers.   The NPRM public comment period ended June 23, 2016.  

In order to thoroughly evaluate and possibly incorporate comments received, and to allow the Agency to

FMCSA Hours of Service Reponse

In carrying out its s.afety mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) partners with stakeholders to reduce bus and truck-related crashes.  To support this effort, FMCSA issued its 2011 hours-of-service (HOS) rule. While these new provisions were in place, there was (1) a decrease in the frequency of drivers using long work schedules, (2) a lower risk of driver fatigue, and (3) a reduction in the number of commercial vehicle crashes involving fatalities. This GAO report recognizes these achievements and also reported no increase in the number of large truck crashes during the morning rush hours between 5:00am and 9:00am.

Let's Not Miss an Opportunity to Improve Safety on the Highways (Editorial)

When Congress returns in early September, it will have the opportunity to make real progress in the fight against the carnage on this country's streets and highways. Motor vehicle crashes kill more than 40,000 people every year. Two provisions in the Senate transportation funding bill, one promoting a national standard for alcohol-impaired driving and the other governing hours behind the wheel for commercial truck and bus drivers, will significantly affect -- one positively and the other