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FMCSA Extends Medical Card Requirement for One Year

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended — until January 30, 2015 — the requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate when operating a commercial motor vehicle. They also must make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state […]

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2014 Initiatives that Impact Transportation Background Screening

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There are a number of new legislative and regulatory changes on the horizon for driver qualifications requirements in 2014. These initiatives are the beginning stages in developing a groundwork for a more robust and comprehensive reporting infrastructure at the state and federal level. Medical Certifications on MVRs By the end of January 2014, all commercial […]

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The FMCSA’s Safety Management Cycle and the Potential Impact on Motor Carriers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may have placed motor carriers in a very difficult situation by touting the Safety Management Cycle (SMC) as the preferred methodology for both identifying and correcting safety and compliance issues. Rob Moseley, head of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Transportation Industry Group, said that “a motor carrier adhering to these […]

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Recent FMCSA Guidelines Clarification May Surprise Many Operators

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At a recent Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) annual drug and alcohol screening conference, Jim Keenan,an industry expert and former program administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided an interesting interpretation of the current rules of the FMCSA as they pertain to the use of prescription drugs by drivers. Currently, many FMCSA-regulated organizations […]

FMCSA to Study Correlation between Preventable Accidents and Future Crash Risk

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In response to transportation industry stakeholders requesting the consideration of accident accountability into Safety Measurement System (SMS) scoring, and in a continuing effort to improve, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it will conduct a 12 month long study into “crash weighting.” Currently, the Crash Indicator in the SMS includes all […]