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DOT Reminds Commercial Drivers that Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners

National Registry Will Improve Safety for Travelers, Health of Commercial Drivers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that beginning today, all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

FMCSA Orders DND International to Shut Down

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered DND International, Inc., USDOT No. 1434005, to immediately shut down after declaring the Naperville, Illinois-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.  FMCSA investigators found the carrier had committed widespread, serious violations of federal regulations that protect the safety of the motoring public.  DND International’s compliance with federal safety regulations has been the focus of an intensive FMCSA investigation that began immediately following a Jan. 27 crash that killed an Illinois Tollway worker and seriously injured an Illinois State Police trooper.

FMCSA Shuts Down Two Bus Companies in Massachusetts, Trucking Company in Texas

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has revoked the operating authority of two Massachusetts-based bus companies and declared a Texas trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety, resulting in the shut-down of all three carriers for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers, passengers, and the motoring public at risk.

U.S. Department of Transportation Declares Florida Long-Haul Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Florida-licensed truck driver Devon L. House to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.  House was served the federal order on January 14, 2014.

U.S. Department of Transportation Declares Tennessee Truck Driver and His Company to be Imminent Hazards to the Public

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Tenn.-licensed truck driver, Ricky L. Hatfield, and his Tazewell, Tenn.-based company, Hatfield Trucking, USDOT No. 2385057, to be imminent hazards to public safety and has ordered both the driver and the company to immediately cease operations.  Hatfield was served the federal orders on Jan. 22, 2014.

FMCSA Administrator sees the road from the driver's cab in two-day truck ride-along

Just a few days ago, I finished a ride-along with Leo Wilkins, an owner operator I met at the OOIDA Safety Awards presentation in Kansas City. Leo has logged 21 years of accident-free driving, and from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon, I rode with him from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to St. Louis--with stops along the way in Harrisburg, Indianapolis, and Riverton, Illinois.

My goal was to experience what drivers experience when they are on the road and see how the programs we put in place at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration really mean to an owner operator.

Photo of Anne Ferro with truck driver Leo Wilkins

FMCSA Administrator (right) joined Leo Wilkins in his 2012 Peterbilt 379 from Marlboro, MD, to St. Louis. Photo courtesy OOIDA.

Operation Safe Driver making our roads safer for everyone

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is adding to our road safety message this week (see the October 24 post on Teen Driver Safety Week) with Operation Safe Driver, an all-out effort to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles.

During Operation Safe Driver, our safety partners are stepping up commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; and driver roadside inspections. They're also increasing commercial driver safety education efforts.

But an equally important part of this campaign is the effort to raise awareness among the public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.


FMCSA Administrator speaks at an Operation Safe Driver event in Hartford.