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FMCSA Declares Ohio Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Ohio-licensed truck driver Doug A. Jones to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.  Jones, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, was served the federal order on December 27, 2018.

Twice in the past six months, Jones has struck an individual while operating a tractor-trailer.  In both instances, the individual was killed. 

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Updated: Monday, February 4, 2019


POSTED JANUARY 31, 2019 3:08 PM
FMCSA Grants Petitions to Ensure Safe and Uniform Rest Rules in California for Truck Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it is granting petitions to preempt the State of California’s meal and rest break rules, which differ from current Federal hours-of-service regulations.  

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Updated: Friday, December 21, 2018


POSTED DECEMBER 21, 2018 4:21 PM
FMCSA Declares Arkansas Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Arkansas-licensed truck driver Jeffery Scott Mitchell to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  Mitchell was served the federal order on December 14, 2018.

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Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2018


POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2018 6:07 PM
ATA California Meal Rest Break Preemption Petition

See Also: American Trucking Associations (ATA) Petition Letter

SUMMARY: FMCSA requests comments on a petition submitted by the American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA) requesting a determination that the State of California’s meal and rest break rules are preempted by Federal law. Among other things, FMCSA requests comments on what effect, if any, California’s meal and rest break requirements may have on interstate commerce.



POSTED SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 6:12 PM
FMCSA Streamlines Process Allowing Individuals with Properly Managed Diabetes to Operate Commercial Motor Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule revising federal regulations permitting individuals with a stable insulin regimen and properly controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

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Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2018


POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 12:43 PM
FMCSA Seeks Public Comment on Revising Current Hours-of-Service Regulations for Interstate Truck Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers.

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Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2018


POSTED AUGUST 21, 2018 12:28 PM
FMCSA Declares New Mexico Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared New Mexico-licensed commercial driver Evaristo S. Mora to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  Mora was served the federal order on July 3, 2018.

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Updated: Monday, July 9, 2018


POSTED JULY 06, 2018 6:32 PM
New USDOT Pilot Program Provides Boost to Military Recruitment

OMAHA, Neb. – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, today joined Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer and Congressman Don Bacon to announce that the Department of Transportation will launch a pilot program to permit 18-20 year olds who possess the U.S. Military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.

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Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2018


POSTED JULY 05, 2018 4:32 PM
FMCSA Declares Georgia Commercial Vehicle Driver to be an Imminent Hazard

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Georgia-licensed commercial driver Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.  Hoppenbrouwer was served the federal order on June 19, 2018.

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Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018


POSTED JUNE 25, 2018 2:43 PM
FMCSA Announces Clarifying Regulatory Guidance for Transportation of Agricultural Commodities, Personal Conveyance

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the longstanding 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption as well as providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision.

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Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2018


POSTED MAY 31, 2018 2:52 PM

Transport Topics

Corn Included in Trump’s Trade Talks With China
U.S. corn sales to China have been part of the ongoing trade discussions between the nations, President Donald Trump said from the White House Oval Office on Feb. 19.

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 11:00 AM
January Trailer Orders Fall 35%, but Extend Record Backlog
U.S. trailer orders in January reached 25,800, dropping 35% compared with a year earlier, according to ACT Research Co.

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 10:15 AM
Fleets Do Their Own Truck Repairs, Open Service Bays to Offset Cost
Fleets find that by performing their own repairs, they can better control repair and wait times, and going commercial enables them to offset costs. Repairs can happen quickly while drivers are at home during their off-duty hours, making it a recruiting and retention tool.

POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 9:30 AM
Dickinson Fleet Services Purchases Highway Express Trailer Repair Co.
Dickinson Fleet Services announced the purchase of Highway Express Trailer Repair Co., a move that expands the company’s trailer repair business in the Chicago-area market.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 7:15 PM
GTI Transport Acquires Specialized Division of Precision Truck Lines
GTI Transport Solutions has purchased the specialized heavy-haul division of Precision Truck Lines and will move the business to a new location in Brantford, Ontario, where it will continue to operate with the same management and personnel under the name Precision Specialized Inc.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 6:45 PM
J.B. Hunt Finalizes Acquisition of Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery
J.B. Hunt Transport Services completed the purchase of Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery on Feb. 15, the Lowell, Ark.-based transportation company and logistics firm announced.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 6:15 PM
DTNA Unveils New Driver-Assist Technology in Freightliner Cascadia
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Truck manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America is showing off its new equipment to bring driver-assist technology into the cab of its 2020 models, and the company said it will make driving a truck, and the highways, safer.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 6:00 PM
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Pivots From Truck-Only Toll Plan
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has suggested a tolling program that would affect both cars and tractor-trailers, shifting away from an earlier pledge to only toll trucks.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 5:45 PM
Self-Driving Truck Startup Pronto Pursues Gradual Path to Automation
Pronto, the new self-driving truck startup launched by Anthony Levandowski, is pursuing a more incremental path toward autonomous driving than many of its competitors in the increasingly crowded race to bring automation to trucking.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 5:15 PM
Diesel Jumps 4¢ to $3.006 a Gallon
The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 4 cents to $3.006 a gallon, according to the Department of Energy. The price of crude oil climbed into the mid-fifty-dollar range, a three-month high, as international supplies tightened and concerns over a deeper trade war with China lessened.

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 4:45 PM

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Cuba denies military in Venezuela, charges U.S. readies intervention

Cuba denies military in Venezuela, charges U.S. readies interventionU.S. President Donald Trump and members of the administration have charged that Cuba’s security forces and military control Venezuela’s and that troops are also on the ground there. “Our government categorically and energetically rejects this slander,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at a Havana press conference, adding all of the some 20,000 Cubans in Venezuela were civilians, most health professionals. Communist-run Cuba has been a key backer of the Venezuelan government since the Bolivarian Revolution that began under former leader Hugo Chavez in 1998.




POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 5:52 PM

As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups say

As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups sayArchbishop Anthony S. Apuron was found guilty of 'certain accusations' of crimes related to the sexual abuse of minors. He has appealed the ruling.




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 7:10 AM

Merciless Sympathy

Merciless SympathyJussie Smollett’s phony hate-crime story could have been taken apart in 24 hours, except for one thing: Nobody wanted to be the first to call bullsh**.Who will bell the cat?Not the police, and I don’t blame them. Smollett is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump who checks two protected-category boxes: He is gay and he is black. No police officer comes out ahead in any encounter in which he has to explain that he isn’t a racist or a gay-basher.There isn’t much evidence that racist or homophobic attacks have increased in the Age of MAGA — partly because such episodes are so vanishingly rare in the United States that they are difficult to measure — but this is one of those things that everybody knows with such unshakable certainty that nobody really ever bothers to check. Imagine being the first cop to catch a whiff of baloney on Smollett’s tale of martyrdom.Saying as much — especially in a city such as Chicago — would be to put one’s career on the line. Never mind what would happen if you were wrong about that — even being right but not right beyond all doubt would be professional suicide. For that matter, being unquestionably right but right too soon might have been just as bad.Tell me you can’t hear it. “How dare you victimize him a second time! White privilege! Racist police!” Etc.The same rhetorical strategy was deployed in the attempted character assassination of Brett Kavanaugh: merciless sympathy. Merciless sympathy is the stratagem by which our natural solicitous feeling toward those who have suffered some wrong or some injury is forcibly reconstituted into support for a particular political agenda grafted onto the unhappy episode. Those who don’t support the politics are treated as though they were victimizing the victim (genuine or hoax) rather than disagreeing about a policy question.Merciless sympathy is how declining to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court is transmuted into callousness toward rape victims, how support for the Second Amendment is recast as contempt for the children killed in Parkland, how doubting the breathless accounts of the Covington Catholic matter becomes racist hostility to an elderly Native American veteran. As rhetorical stratagems go, it is obvious, shallow, and stupid — and therefore effective in the era of Twitter-dominated discourse, in which shallowness and stupidity are weaponized.And so the police, journalists, and other professional askers of questions grow remarkably circumspect — some of the time. Compare the credulousness that greeted Smollett’s story to, e.g., Andrew Sullivan’s obsessive conspiracy-mongering about Sarah Palin’s son (remember the “Trig Truthers”) or the fact that Louise Mensch (of “marshal of the Supreme Court” infamy) was still welcome in the pages of the New York Times as late as March 2017. Smollett’s unverified and murky account was good enough for progressive journalists, but nothing Sarah Palin could say or do would satisfy their gimlet-eyed skepticism.One might be forgiven for suspecting that there is an unspoken agenda at work in that double standard.Merciless sympathy is simply one more weapon in the arsenal of contemporary mob politics. Brett Kavanaugh is an excellent jurist whose most controversial legal opinion is that the Constitution says what it says, which made opposing his confirmation difficult. So accuse him of being a serial rapist — and then accuse anybody who doubts your story of being in league with serial rapists at the expense of their victims.We have seen this often enough.The plague of phony hate crimes on college campuses, often coinciding with controversial political events, isn’t the product of coincidence. It is a strategy. Fictitious, politically charged stories of rape — Lena Dunham’s encounter with “Barry” the College Republican, the lies published by Rolling Stone, etc.—are not the products of coincidence. These things happen in clusters for a reason. That is not to say they are being centrally directed as part of some kind of well-tempered conspiracy, but rather that they are the natural result of a certain kind of politics attached to a certain worldview.Merciless sympathy is used not only to silence doubters but to silence dissent. That is the purpose of conflating victims with political agendas. And if there aren’t any particularly useful victims around, you can always make something up.Jussie Smollett wasn’t the first. He won’t be the last.




POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 6:30 AM

China data leak exposes mass surveillance in Xinjiang

China data leak exposes mass surveillance in XinjiangA Chinese technology firm has compiled a range of personal information on 2.6 million people in Xinjiang -- from their ethnicity to locations -- according to a data leak highlighting the wide extent of surveillance in the restive region. Xinjiang is home to most of China's Uighur ethnic minority lives and has been under heavy police surveillance in recent years after violent inter-ethnic tensions. Nearly one million Uighurs and other Turkic language-speaking minorities in Xinjiang are reportedly held in re-education camps, according to a UN panel of experts.




POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 5:36 AM

Civilian evacuation signals possible end to standoff with IS

Civilian evacuation signals possible end to standoff with ISBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians, including men, women and children, left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to a standoff that has lasted for more than a week.




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2019 10:37 AM

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of AllegianceThe 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest




POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 2:03 AM

Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC

Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC"Firstly, I object to what the U.S. has done. This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable," Ren told the BBC in an interview. Canada arrested Meng on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 10:24 PM

Missing Colorado mom's parents say fiancé had motive to kill

Missing Colorado mom's parents say fiancé had motive to killKelsey Berreth's parents say she was in custody battle with Patrick Frazee; Alicia Acuna reports from Denver.




POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 4:19 PM

London and Milan Fashion Weeks honour 'genius' Lagerfeld

London and Milan Fashion Weeks honour 'genius' LagerfeldLondon and Milan Fashion Weeks mourned Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday, with designers paying tribute to the "irreplaceable" icon who helped define the industry. Milan is due to host the latest Fendi collection on Thursday, Lagerfeld's final work for the label, which paid a moving tribute. "I was just a child when I first saw Karl," said Silvia Venturini Fendi, the label's creative director for Men's, Accessories and Children's collections.




POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 12:29 PM

McCabe Says Lawmakers Didn't Object When FBI Opened Trump Probe

McCabe Says Lawmakers Didn't Object When FBI Opened Trump Probe“That’s the important part here,” McCabe said in an interview Tuesday on NBC’s “Today Show.” “No one objected. McCabe said he briefed those leaders -- known as the “Gang of Eight” -- about the Trump probe in the days after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May of 2017.




POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019 12:12 PM

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