The Countdown Begins: Top Trucking Headlines of 2013

by Jana Ritter - Published: 12/27/2013 has already made it their annual tradition to compile the top industry news stories of the year and we think they’ve done such a good job with the list so far this year; we’re sharing the countdown here:


13. FMCSA Plans to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if no Defects

May 20 -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to ease the regulatory burden on drivers by dropping the requirement that they file inspection reports, even when there are no defects in the truck.

12. Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval

Oct. 6 -- Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers. It requires any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration action on sleep apnea to go through the usual rulemaking process, rather than the agency simply issuing guidance.

11. Legislation Would Up Minimum Truck Insurance Almost 500%

July 22 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn) introduced a bill that would raise the required insurance minimum for motor carriers, dubbed the Safe and Fair Environment on Highways Achieved through Underwriting Levels Act (H.R. 2730) otherwise known as “SAFE HAUL”.

10. FMCSA Eases CDL Process for States

March 26 --In response to petitions from states and the industry, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is changing provisions of its commercial driver’s license rule. The rule, which has been in effect since 2011, sets standards for CDL testing and established the Commercial Learner’s Permit

9. FMCSA Declares Imminent Hazard on Three Drivers

Oct. 25 -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration named three truck drivers as imminent hazards for separate crashes in which people were either killed or seriously injured. The drivers had problems with potentially disqualifying medical conditions, blatant violations of hours of service, driving under the influence and other reckless behaviors.

8. 28 People Charged with Skimming More Than $1.7 Million from Trucking Companies

April 1 --  A 97-count indictment charged 28 people with violations including conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering for their roles in a scheme that allegedly skimmed more than $1.7 million from trucking companies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

7. Ford: Moisture in Cooler Causing Loss of Power in F-150 EcoBoost Engines

May 29 -- Senior Editor Tom Berg reported on customer complaints about loss of power with Ford’s EcoBoost V-6 engine in its F-150 pickups. Ford explained that the problems stemmed from moisture accumulation in the trucks’ charge-air cooler.

Stay tuned for the final top stories as the countdown continues next week!