Thursday, November 05, 2020
ATA Safety & Maintenance Council recognized nationally for excellence
Above: ATA staffers Brandie Norcross (left) and Tim Frazier display the Association's newest award for leadership in safety. Photo by Dylan Powell. The American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has recognized the Alabama Trucking Association’s Safety & Maintenance Management... Read more
Friday, July 24, 2020
TSA extends HME exemption waiver 90 days
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved another extension of its Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) exemption that allowed states to issue an extension of up to 180 days for HMEs expiring between March 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020. The new 90-day extension carries the exemption... Read more
Monday, July 06, 2020
Trucker father and trooper son travel same highway
By Daniel Thompson I believe that it’s every father’s dream that his son follows in their footsteps. Well, my son, Paul, didn’t exactly follow mine, but we still managed to end up on the same highway. For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Daniel Thompson,... Read more
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
ALDOT prepares for Fourth of July traffic
As an added precaution during the Fourth of July holiday, the Alabama Dept. of Transportation is doing its part for highway safety by having no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after 6 a.m. on Friday, July 3, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 5. Although ALDOT construction work zones... Read more
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Feds extend CDL licensing relief through September 2020
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a new waiver extension from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle. The... Read more
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Join ATA’s Safety Council for HOS Webinar June 30
Please join ATA’s Safety and Maintenance Management Council (SMMC), Tuesday, June 30, for a live webinar discussing the new Hours of Service changes and updates. Our FMCSA partners will cover the five major provision changes: short-haul exception, adverse driving conditions, split-sleeper berth provision,... Read more
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Feds issue 90-day waiver on pre-employment drug screens amid COVID-19 delays
In recent weeks, as businesses began reopening following widespread shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic, trucking fleets have struggled to bring back furloughed drivers or hire new ones due to limited pre-employment drug testing availability. In response, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration... Read more
Thursday, June 04, 2020
FMCSA’s new HOS final rule effective September 29
Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued its long-awaited final rule for revisions to hours of service (HOS) regulations for commercial drivers. The agency’s intent is to provide greater flexibility for drivers subject to those rules without adversely affecting safety. Key... Read more
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
FMCSA to employ remote compliance reviews during health crisis
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is turning to remote safety compliance reviews because of COVID-19 health risks and restrictions. In a guidance issued May 20, the agency said its officers will conduct compliance reviews under 49 CFR part 385 “leveraging all available technology” to access... Read more
Friday, May 01, 2020
ATA celebrates safest fleet and individuals with ‘Virtual’ awards program
Faced with ongoing social distancing orders from the state with further restrictions on large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Alabama Trucking Association took to the Internet to host its 2019 “Virtual” Fleet Safety Awards live on Facebook last night, Thursday, April 30. Hosted by ATA... Read more