Wednesday, May 25, 2016
News & Press: Safety & Maintenance News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on May 20 forwarded to the White House Office of Management and Budget its final rule that would establish a national database of truck drivers who have failed or refused to take drug and alcohol tests, marking the final step in the approval process. The... Read more
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
News & Press: Safety & Maintenance News
Tucked in a Senate-passed fiscal 2017 transportation funding bill is a provision calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to advance a rule on speed limiters for trucks. Specifically, the legislation would give DOT six months to issue a final rule for which members of Congress and industry... Read more
Monday, August 24, 2015
State bans some oversize vehicles from construction zones
Due to extensive ongoing construction projects and other hazardous conditions on several Alabama highways and roads, the state Dept. of Transportation has banned certain oversize vehicles or combinations of vehicles and loads regardless of any permits, routing authorizations carriers or their drivers... Read more
Friday, August 21, 2015
Hazmat haulers exempt from 30-min. break
The American Trucking Associations was granted an exemption request it made in May that exempts hazardous materials haulers from the 30-minute break required by federal hours-of-service regulations. FMCSA granted National ATA’s request stating the exemption will apply to motor carriers and their drivers... Read more
Monday, June 15, 2015
UPS driver wins Alabama TDC
Jeff Higgins, a driver for UPS Freight from Pinson, Ala. was the highest overall scorer at the Alabama Truck Driving Championship held June 12 in Pelham, Ala. Higgins posted a combined score of 348 points to win the 3-axle and eventually the Grand Champion trophy, which is sponsored by Southland International... Read more
Saturday, May 30, 2015
SMMC names Golden Flake’s Benny Lewis its Driver of the Year
The Alabama Trucking Association’s Safety & Maintenance Management Council tapped Golden Flake Transportation's Benny Lewis as its Alabama Driver of the Year during its annual Fleet Safety Awards Banquet March 23 in Birmingham. The Driver of the Year award is sponsored by Nextran Truck Centers. The... Read more
Monday, February 02, 2015
TSA: ‘Expect delays when obtaining CDLs with hazmat endorsements’
ATA officials recently received word from Alabama CDL Coordinator Sgt. Brian Duke that applicants seeking a CDL with hazmat endorsements through the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program (HTAP) should be prepared for a slightly longer wait time for processing. According to federal... Read more
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
FMCSA offers new CSA facts sheets and driver education tools
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed a series of new facts sheets designed to provide fleet managers and truck drivers with simple, easy-to-understand answers to common questions about CSA — along with updated industry and driver presentations. The agency says it wants to continue... Read more
Friday, October 10, 2014
Alabama modifies CDL skills test
The Alabama Dept. of Public Safety announced that it has made changes to its commercial driver license test to better reflect recent updates to the applicant manual. These changes go into effect Nov. 1, 2014. According to DPS's Cpl. Brian Duke with the agency's driver’s license division, changes to... Read more
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
News & Press: Safety & Maintenance News
Class winners from the 2014 Alabama Truck Driving Championships are in Pittsburgh, Pa. this week to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships. The four-day competition starts today and ends with an awards ceremony on Saturday, August 16. Known as... Read more