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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. 
Black Smoke Matters MSNBC

‘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.
Cattle Truck

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.
Vacant Lot

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.
Ohio Trucker

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.
Sioux Tribe

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.
Merging and passing

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.
Wisconsin Human Trafficking

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...
I-75 Henry County

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.
Amazon Prime

Prime, Inc. sues Amazon over trademark infringement

One of the nation's largest trucking companies is taking on retail giant Amazon over their use of the word "Prime" on their truck's trailers.
HOS Sound Off

Here’s What Truckers Really Think About the New HOS Changes

On Wednesday morning, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) debuted their long-awaited changes to Hours of Service (HOS) regulations, which sparked a firestorm of comments on trucking social media groups.
ATRI 2019

List ranks top ten biggest worries in trucking for 2019

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released its annual list of the top critical issues facing the trucking industry.
Outlaw Trucker

Troopers catch ‘outlaw’ trucker whose CDL expired 24 years ago

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently shared a Facebook post about their encounter with a truck driver with a very-much-expired Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
Female & Minority Truckers

FMCSA to examine violence against female & minority truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced plans to conduct a survey on the prevalence and severity of race and gender related harassment and violence experienced by women and minority truck drivers.
Speeding

Senator behind semi truck ‘speed limiter’ law retires

This week, a Georgia Senator who introduced controversial commercial vehicle "speed limiter" legislation earlier this summer announced his retirement.

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