FMCSA Upgrades ELDT Regulations, Reduces Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (SOURCE: FMCSA) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule streamlining the process and reducing costs to upgrade from a Class B to Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  By adopting a new Class A CDL theory instruction upgrade curriculum, the final rule will save eligible driver trainees and

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Semi Fire On I-70 Snarls Traffic

CLAY COUNTY, IN (TuckingNewsNow.com) (Source: Indiana State Police) — Indiana State Police and Posey Township Fire Department Monday morning responded to a tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 70 eastbound near the 17 mile marker.   Preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Kenworth tractor, pulling a box trailer full of Tyson chicken from Springdale, Arkansas, was being driven by a 47-year-old Michael J.

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FATAL TESLA CRASH: Safety Experts Say Autopilot Is Marketing, Doesn’t Exist

DELRAY BEACH, FL (TruckingNewsNow.com) — The South Florida Tesla crash that left one man dead Friday is leading noted Truck Accident Attorneys Joe Fried and Michael Leizerman to assert that autopilot doesn’t mean a driver can drive without paying attention. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board both say say they are investigating whether the

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ATAA Applauds OIG Investigation Into Truck Driver Medical Fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. (TruckingNewsNow.com) — The federal investigation into medically unsafe truck drivers just launched by the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General is strongly supported by the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys — a more than 500 member non-profit organization of legal professionals dedicated to trucking safety. “I applaud the OIG decision to look into this critical safety

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Several Injured In Church Bus Crash

LAKE COUNTY, IN (TruckingNewsNow.com) (Source: Indiana State Police) — A driver of a church bus drove up and onto an earth embankment on the Indiana Toll Road causing passengers on the bus to be injured when tossed/thrown from their seats. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Kenneth Payonk revealed at approximately 10:37 P.M., Monday, February 25th, 2019, a 1998 Motor Coach Industries

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FMCSA Medical Exemptions Under Investigation By Inspector General

WASHINGTON, D.C. (TruckingNewsNow.com) (Source: DOT OIG) — According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data, fatalities in crashes involving large trucks or buses grew from 4,397 in 2012 to 4,879 in 2017, an 11-percent increase. One key area of addressing motor carrier safety is to ensure that commercial drivers maintain a valid medical certificate, which confirms they are healthy

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