08 Jul

FMCSA eases drug and alcohol enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says it will exercise discretion in enforcing random drug and alcohol testing to help the struggling supply chain during Covid-19. The agency said this week that the motor carrier industry continues to experience operational disruptions caused by the pandemic public health emergency declared in […]

03 Jul

CBSA collecting personal information from truckers

COUTTS, Alta. – Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has begun collecting personal information from truck drivers at several border crossings on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). This has taken some drivers, including lease-operator Greg Decker by surprise, and caused some concern. He was recently asked for his personal email address and […]

02 Jul

Safety activists want FMCSA to delay HoS final rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pressure is mounting on the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to delay the implementation of its new hours-of-service (HoS) final rule, which activists say is a significant risk to public safety. This week, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and […]

26 Jun

Use WSIB tip line to call out Driver Inc. fleets: OTA

TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association is highlighting a confidential tip line for the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) as a tool to focus enforcement efforts on Driver Inc. fleets. The WSIB has been one of the most active regulators to crack down on the fleets that misclassify employees as independent contractors. […]

25 Jun

Anti-harassment rules, training coming to federally regulated truck fleets

GATINEAU, Que. – New Canadian regulations to address workplace violence and harassment will apply to federally regulated businesses including truck fleets as of Jan. 1, under a framework established by Bill C-65. The Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations were published on Wednesday in Canada Gazette: Part 2, one of the final steps in the […]

10 Jun

U.S. extends regulatory relief for specific Covid-19 supplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended an emergency declaration to July 14, as it continues to offer selected regulatory relief for those who haul specific Covid-19 supplies. The declaration was originally set to expire June 14. “A continued exemption is needed to support direct emergency assistance for some […]

09 Jun

Canada further delays GHG rules for new trailers

OTTAWA, Ont. – Canada has for the second time delayed new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for trailers, which had originally been proposed to take hold on Jan. 1 of this year. Details of the delay were published on June 6 in Canada Gazette, Part 1, and the rules are suspended for one year or […]

09 Jun

FMCSA grants testing waiver to furloughed drivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted furloughed drivers a three-month waiver from certain pre-employment testing requirements because of Covid-19. The waiver will be effective until Sept. 30, the agency said in an announcement. Currently, a driver must undergo pre-employment testing for controlled substances, and the employer must receive […]

04 Jun

U.S. bill promises billions for highways, would delay HOS rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. infrastructure bill unveiled yesterday would fund highways and clean transportation efforts, but also delay a final hours of service rule, and push for a rulemaking on driver detention and changes to the CSA safety rating program. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure introduced a US $500-billion, five-year infrastructure bill, […]

01 Jun

Movie industry drivers get clearinghouse reprieve

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. regulators have granted the company that provides truck drivers to the movie industry an exemption from pre-employment full query as required under the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program. Under rules that went into effect in January, employers won’t be able to hire a driver who has been flagged by the clearinghouse […]