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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Updates

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FMCSA Proposes Rule Which Targets Officials of Unsafe Carriers

Federal Officials are looking for authority to shut down motor carriers that employ officers who have shown disregard for safety regulations. The proposal, which was released Friday, strengthens FMCSA’s “ability to take unsafe trucks and buses off the road if the agency finds that a carrier purposefully employs officers with a history of blatant disregard for safety,” the agency said (Miller, 2012).

If this proposal is finalized, it would implement provisions of major transportation laws passed back in 2005 and also earlier this year (Miller, 2012).

The FMCSA is accepting public comments on this proposed regulation until January 13th.


FMCSA Eliminates 10-Day Extension to Appeal

The FMCSA has announced that bus and truck companies will no longer be granted the 10-day extension to resolve an appeal which was previously permitted. This new rule stems from a fatal bus crash which occurred in 2011, for which the carrier was given the 10-day extension period to appeal (Cama, 2012).

In 2011, 55 bus or truck carriers were ordered out-of-service, 8 of which were granted 10-day extensions. “There is no excuse for delay when a bus operator should be put out of service for safety’s sake,” Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stated (Cama, 2012).


References:
Cama, T. (2012, November 19). FMCSA Proposes Rule Which Targets Officials of Unsafe Carriers. Transport Topics .
Miller, E. (2012, November 12). FMCSA Eliminates 10-Day Extension to Appeal. Transport Topics .

Welcome to the new Dawson Transportation Blog!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Welcome to the Dawson Transportation Services official blog. Dawson currently has offices located in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina and is licensed in 48 U.S. states. For over 80 years, Dawson has provided individuals, families and businesses of all types with quality insurance products designed specifically to meet their coverage needs. With our team of professionals at their side, our clients enjoy the peace of mind that they deserve.

At Dawson Companies we value how important it is to have useful insurance information at your fingertips. We get questions about insurance every day, which is why we have decided to start a blog to keep you up to date on current insurance related topics.

Please keep in mind that all policies are different. While we hope to use this blog as a place for individuals to gain some insight about insurance, we always recommend that you speak directly with a licensed insurance agent regarding issues specific to your policy.


        
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