Entries by Jeffrey A. Krawitz

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Potential Reform of Hours of Service Regulations

On August 21, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) announced that it has commenced a rulemaking process that is aimed at reforming specific areas of the current hours-of-service regulation. The hours-of-service (HOS) regulation was enacted to limit the total operating hours a commercial truck driver works on duty. The FMCSA will be examining […]

Texting and Mobile Phone Restrictions for Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has specific rules that prohibit Interstate truck and bus drivers and those who are moving quantities of hazardous materials that require placards from texting and/or using hand held mobile phone devices while driving/operating motor vehicles. Violations can result in fines and disqualifications that will impact a motor carrier’s safety […]

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has Powers to Declare Trucking Companies “Imminent Hazard to the Public”

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has the ability to declare transportation companies and trucking companies as imminent hazards to public safety and order trucking companies to immediately cease operations and provision of services. They can obtain Orders for imminent hazard “out-of-service” and this is usually done after a review […]

U.S. Departmen of Transportation Acts to Ensure Truck Driver Rest Time and Improve Safety in Operation of Commercial Vehicles

Recently, as part of the hours of service, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) held public sessions across the country to encourage various advocates, drivers, trucking companies, law enforcement agencies and even the public to share their input on truck driver rest time and the safety and operation of commercial vehicles.

Recent Investigation Into Long-Haul Trucking Violations

There was a computer-assisted investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation using heavy truck inspection data from 2003 to 2008 for Northwest Indiana. Some of the statistics are startling and are derived from State Police and Federal Inspectors checking 34,856 heavy trucks (i.e. semi trailers, buses and other heavy commercial vehicles) in Lake and Porter […]