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Feds propose drug, alcohol testing clearinghouse for truck & bus drivers

Employers would be required to check it before hiring
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. The agency said the clearinghouse would help improve roadway safety by making it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with federal drug and alcohol regulations, including mandatory testing.


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Bus co. used a “shell cover game” to evade safety regs

Attempt to enter U.S. from Mexico brings violations to light
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A Los Angeles-based passenger bus service that was illegally lending its name to other unsafe bus companies has been ordered to cease operations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which cited of plethora of safety violations that it says were endangering the traveling public.


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Bus company used drivers who tested positive for illegal drugs

Other drivers lacked commercial driver’s licenses
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Safety investigators for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have ordered Phoenix-based Autobuses Rayon, Inc., off the road after finding numerous violations. Among them: the carrier allowed three other unsafe bus companies that had been shut down by FMCSA to operate buses that illegally bore Autobuses Rayon registration markings.


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After fatal accident, feds shut down TX trucking company

REDCO showed “blatant disregard” for safety rules
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On Aug. 12, 2013, a truck operated by Laredo, Texas-based REDCO Transport, Ltd. crashed into a van stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 20 in Louisiana. Three people, including the truck driver, were killed.


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Trucking HOS regulation survives legal challenge

Limiting drive time meant to limit driver fatigue, make roads safer
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The American Trucking Association (ATA) lost its bid to have U.S. Transportation Department hours-of-service (HOS) regulations overturned by the Court of Appeals in Washington earlier this month. A three-judge panel most of the arguments made by the ATA as “highly technical points best left to the agency.”


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Fla. bus company put out of business by feds

Multiple safety violations found
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A bus company that stranded 50 passengers along a N.C. freeway and kept them waiting 10 hours for a replacement coach has been shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


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Driver fatigue, poor oversight caused fatal motorcoach accident

"This crash should never have happened"
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A severely fatigued motorcoach driver who lost control of the vehicle, the failure of Sky Express Inc. to manage safe driving practices and a lack of adequate regulatory oversight was the probable cause of a fatal motorcoach crash in Doswell, Va., last May, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said last week.


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Feds conduct multistate safety checks of buses, motorcoaches

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state and local law enforcement partners recently conducted safety inspections of motorcoaches, tour buses, school buses and other commercial passenger buses in 13 states and the District of Columbia. 


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Trucking industry group fights new driver rest rules

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The American Trucking Associations filed a petition this week with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asking the court to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final hours-of-service rule.


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Surprise inspections and national summit focus on motorcoach safety

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Federal, state and local police are conducting thousands of surprise safety inspections of motorcoaches, tour buses, school buses and other passenger vehicles across the country in conjunction with the national Motorcoach Safety Summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the US Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


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