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A major transportation safety group weighed in on new HOS rules — and they...

A federal transportation safety group has weighed in on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) proposed changes to Hours of Service regulations and found that there is "no evidence" that the changes will improve highway safety. 
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Some drivers are smiling after being stopped by Tennessee cops

Police in one Tennessee town are trying out an unusual tactic to enforce a new speed limit reduction.

Video dives into New York City’s crackdown on idling trucks

Last week, New York City officials pushed a program that rewards locals with cash for reporting on idling trucks -- here's what you need to know.
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‘Black Smoke Matters’ members appear on MSNBC to talk trucking troubles

A group of truckers known for working to organize protest activities to raise awareness about trucking issues was recently featured on a segment on MSNBC.
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DOT needs your help defining ‘agricultural commodity’ and ‘livestock’

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) put out a request for comment on revising the definitions of the terms 'agricultural commodity' and 'livestock' as they relate to truck driver hours of service (HOS) regulations ahead of impending plans to alter those definitions to provide farmers and truckers with increased flexibility.
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A city nixed truck parking on streets. Now they want to kick trucks out...

An Illinois city recently voted to prevent trucks from parking on city streets -- and now they've turned their attention to trucks using the parking lots of businesses that have been closed for years.
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Ohio truck driver ordered off the road after double fatal crash, drug test failures

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an out of service order to a truck driver as a result of a string of multiple crashes coupled with multiple drug violations.
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State to start using camera system to ticket drivers in March

In just a few more weeks, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin using a camera system to enforce speed limits in construction zones.

‘Diesel Brothers’ to pay $851K for removing pollution control devices

Custom truck makers featured on a popular reality television show have been ordered to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars for allegedly removing pollution control devices from their vehicles.
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Sioux tribe forces semi truck off of reservation

Sioux tribal police forced a truck driver off of a South Dakota reservation after accusing him of illegally hauling materials for the Keystone XL pipeline.

FMCSA misses projected publication date for new ‘flexible’ HOS rules — again

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has once again failed to meet the projected publication date set for the agency to debut their highly anticipated changes to truck driver Hours of Service regulations.
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Passing and merging — this video teaches truckers how to do it the right...

The team at Smart Trucking recently shared a new video outlining the basics of passing and merging when you're driving a big rig.
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Another state adds human trafficking training for truckers law

This week, Wisconsin became the latest state to add a law that enlists commercial vehicle drivers in the fight against human trafficking. On Wednesday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed...
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NY mayor orders increased truck enforcement — with $7000 citations — starting Monday

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered city police to start handing out heavy truck violation citations as high as $7000 starting next week.

FMCSA grants CDL renewal waiver due to Coronavirus crisis

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a waiver intended to help truck drivers who are unable to renew their Commercial Drivers License (CDL) due to the Coronavirus crisis.
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Truck driver issued homicide charges following fiery interstate crash

A semi truck driver has been charged for his role in a crash that claimed four lives on a Georgia interstate last week.
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