Friday, March 13, 2020
FMCSA waives HOS regs for COVID-19 emergency relief efforts
Earlier today, President Donald Trump declared a National State of Emergency to combat a growing crisis from the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This move frees up $50 billion to help fight the pandemic and waives certain laws and regulations to ensure the virus can be contained and patients treated... Read more
Sunday, March 01, 2020
Alabama truck driver among finalist for national award
The National Tank Truck Carriers recently announced that J & M Tank Lines’ Professional Driver Darrien Henderson of Mobile, Ala. is among eight finalists for its 2020 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year award. NTTC created the award to recognize, pay tribute and promote professional tank... Read more
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Work Smarter: Tips for conducting bulk queries in Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse
Did you know that the DOT’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse provides options for employers and consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) to conduct queries individually OR upload multiple queries at once? It’s true. How do you conduct such a bulk query?  First, download and complete... Read more
Thursday, January 09, 2020
Problems with the Clearinghouse? Here’s what you should do
A high volume of users has created a bumpy start to the FMCSA’s CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse website. Due to capacity issues, many Clearinghouse users trying to register, query, upload, or find information have experienced error messages or delays with the database’s functionality. FMCSA is working... Read more
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Final ELD deadline looms just a week away
Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, motor carriers and drivers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate must use ELDs to record drivers’ hours of service. Once the final deadline has passed, roadside inspection officers will no longer accept grandfathered... Read more
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
ALEA, ATA honor state’s top driver license examiner
ABOVE PHOTO CAPTION: From left, ATA Director of Safety Tim Frazier; Col. Charles Ward, Department of Public Safety; Alabama Examiner of the Year, Nicole Robinson; Capt. John Archer, Driver License Div.; Chief Deena Pregno, Driver License Div., and ATA President and CEO Mark Colson. Each fall... Read more
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
STAR ID drivers license required for air travelers by Oct. 1, 2020
Starting October 1, 2020 you’ll need a more secure driver's license called STAR ID to fly anywhere in the United States or to enter certain federal facilities. Otherwise, you’ll have to provide a valid passport or some other type of acceptable documentation. State officials are urging Alabama residents... Read more
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
FMCSA publishes proposed Hours rule changes for improved safety and flexibility
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published its proposed changes to hours of service rules that it says will increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. “This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s... Read more
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Alabama’s best drivers head to Pittsburgh for national competition
This week, the Alabama Trucking Association takes its safest professional drivers to the American Trucking Associations’ National Step Van Driving and Truck Driving Championships, set for August 14-17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. More than 425 Professional truck drivers... Read more
Friday, August 09, 2019
Ain’t Life Grand: A decade later Al Lewis reflects on his big win at National TDC
It might have happened more than a decade ago, but Alphonso Lewis remembers everything about the biggest day in his trucking career as if it were yesterday. The veteran YRC Freight driver from Montgomery became Alabama’s first and only Grand Champion of the National Truck Driving Championship back... Read more