Washington — The House on June 27 unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would require the U.S. Coast Guard to perform maritime vessel inspections that include ensuring crews and ships have necessary safety equipment and current weather forecast charts.
Washington — Heidi King’s nomination to become the next leader of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration moved forward on June 27 after approval from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Lexington, KY — Fatigue-related crashes among commercial motor vehicle drivers increase the farther the crash site is located from truck stops, rest areas and weigh stations with rest havens, according to a recent study from the University of Kentucky.
Washington — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued guidance intended to clarify the agricultural commodities exemption and the “personal conveyance” provision in driver hours-of-service regulations, according to separate notices published in the June 7 Federal Register.
Washington — Municipalities and motor carriers need to provide better oversight of school bus driver qualifications and operations, a recent special investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board concludes.
Washington — The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is seeking input on potential improvements to its Emergency Response Guidebook as the agency prepares a revised edition for release in 2020, according to a notice published in the May 23 Federal Register.
Washington — A bipartisan group of 30 senators is calling for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Raymond Martinez to “explore improvements” to hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers.
Washington — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Raymond Martinez affirmed his belief in electronic logging devices, but said “additional flexibility” is forthcoming for agricultural transporters, during a May 22 hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee.