As most MMTA members already know, the U.S. Department of Transportation has unveiled its proposed changes to federal Hours of Service. The rule, released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in August, proposes several changes but maintains the regulation’s core principles. Federal rulemaking procedures are a long and in-depth process, and the MMTA will […]

ATA Tells Congress to Put Brakes on Spread of Tolls

YRCW Executive Testifies About Harm Tolling Does to Trucking Arlington, Virginia — Today, the American Trucking Associations told a House subcommittee that the use of tolls to finance infrastructure construction and maintenance was inefficient, unsafe and damaging to the trucking industry. “While the trucking industry is willing to pay its fair share for infrastructure improvement, we […]

The Importance of Tire Safety – Guest Column

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’…. By Jim McCurdy, CEO/Founder – Maine Commercial Tire And they “roll-on” whether attached to a truck or not.  While travelling along our highways watching opposing traffic, we don’t give much thought to dodging a flying wheel assembly. But a recent and heart wrenching tragedy brings wheel-end safety into sharp focus […]

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers

FMCSA Press Release August 14, 2019 Contact: FMCSA Public Affairs Tel.: (202) 366-9999 Email: FMCSA.PublicAffairs@dot.gov    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations […]


Reprinted from ATA’s Dispatch The new program, announced earlier this month, seeks to adjust the crash types used in the original program as well as remove crashes deemed “not preventable” from the Safety Measurement System scoring methodology. The agency proposes combining two of the crash types: those resulting from infrastructure failure, falling trees, rocks and […]

ATRI Opens Industry Issues Survey

Reprinted from Transport Topics Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter July 29, 2019 1:30 PM, EDT The American Transportation Research Institute is accepting comments and concerns from trucking industry representatives. The nonprofit research organization launched its 2019 Top Industry Issues Survey on July 29. The survey, conducted every year, invites members of the industry to rank the […]

Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit: Best Practices for Industry & Law Enforcement

Held on November 19th-20th in Northampton, Massachusetts, the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit will feature demonstrations of innovative programming and technologies for reducing roadway crashes, while also providing a venue for the exchange of ideas and resources between safety stakeholders and industry. The Summit will feature resources for trucking and motorcoach associations, covering topics that […]

ATA Releases Updated Driver Shortage Report and Forecast

Industry Ended 2018 Short More Than 60,000 Drivers Arlington, Virginia — Today, the American Trucking Associations released its latest examination of the driver shortage, finding the industry needed 60,800 more drivers at the end of 2018 to meet the country’s demands for freight services. “Over the past 15 years, we’ve watched the shortage rise and […]

ATA Praises DOL Opinion Letter on Sleeper Berth Time

Arlington, Virginia — Today, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear thanked the Department of Labor for issuing an opinion clarifying that time spent in the sleeper berth does not count as compensable time. “ATA welcomes today’s opinion letter from DOL Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton that concluded time spent by a […]