Thursday, January 07, 2021
Nominate your safest employees for SMMC’s Fleet Safety Awards
We know you have talented folks working for your operation. So why not recognize their dedication to making Alabama's trucking industry better, safer and stronger? Nominate your top employees for one of the ATA Safety & Maintenance Management Council's Annual Fleet Safety Awards, including Fleet... Read more
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Feds extend Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 to Feb. 28
Yesterday, the FMCSA announced it has expanded and extended the Emergency Declaration set to expire on December 31st to February 28, 2021. The extension includes the same regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, as... Read more
Friday, November 20, 2020
SMMC leaders cancel the group’s annual holiday party and officer installation
The Alabama Trucking Association’s Safety and Maintenance Management Council will not have a Christmas party or its end of the year officer election and installation ceremony next month, due to the coronavirus pandemic. ”Due to ongoing restrictions and recommendations for large gatherings, and in... Read more
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