Anne Ferro, the head of the FMCSA for the last 5 years, plans to resign in August. The announcement came last Friday in an email she sent out to FMCSA staff. Though her departure comes shortly after a call for her to step down and an open letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx demanding her resignation, there is no indication that Ferro is leaving for any other reason than to pursue her new job as president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. [click to continue…]
A man running a fake insurance company out of his house in Georgia has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of insurance fraud. John Kill, a 63-year-old, had been selling bogus insurance policies to small trucking companies and pocketing the premiums.
Kill’s unlicensed insurance company, Appeal Insurance Agency, may have “covered” between 750 and 1000 truckers, stealing their money, and leaving them without any insurance at all. [click to continue…]
Swift Transportation’s shares dropped 14% after they announced their plans to invest more money into rectifying their driver shortage. While shareholders may not like to hear that a company is planning to spend more money, thus reducing their profit in the short-term, this could be good news for drivers and the trucking industry as a whole in the long term. [click to continue…]
A group of six drivers has brought a class action lawsuit against the FMCSA on behalf of all drivers whose non-pertinent information has been shared with companies through Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) reports without their consent. The drivers are claiming that the FMCSA has no right to share any information not specifically supposed to be contained within the PSP reports. The suit seeks to claim $1,000 per offending PSP report issued for the drivers and for every member of the class which could potentially contain millions of truckers. [click to continue…]
A proposed ban on overnight truck parking in residential areas of Pierce County in Washington State has been approved by the county council by a 7-1 vote. The ban will see a $175 fine for any truckers who park vehicles over 10,001 pounds on residential streets between the hours of 10pm and 6am.
According to one council member, the hope is that the ban will prevent truckers from parking in front of houses since – as he claims – they are both annoying and dangerous. [click to continue…]
The Department of Transportation has issued a warning to independent truckers and carriers to be aware of a scam that is targeting sensitive financial information. Carriers are reporting getting letters that appear to be from Equifax Credit Information Services – Government Division that are requesting bank account information. [click to continue…]