Agency also seeks survey to determine necessity of further extensions
Freight Waves- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has tacked on another three months to its emergency declaration waiving some hours-of-service rules for pandemic-related trucking.

The waiver that was first put into effect in March 2020 now runs through November 30. It could end earlier if the declaration of a national emergency is lifted prior to that. 

While the agency has extended the waiver, it is also seeking public comment on whether or not further extensions are warranted or need improvements.

2021 National Technician Appreciation Week is September 19-24
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs.

In addition, to recognize the outstanding professional technicians that keep the trucking industry rolling, American Trucking Associations in a conjoined effort with ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council announced the second annual National Technician Appreciation Week (NTAW) will be held September 19-24.

The Michigan Secretary of State has published information on its website regarding driver information for next February's implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's entry-level driver training requirements.

Effective February 7, 2022, drivers must have completed the required training from a provider registered with the FMCSA before being scheduled for CDL skills tests.

In addition, FMCSA has published a training provider registry page that includes the top 5 frequently asked questions.
Transport Topics- The actions taken by a motor carrier in the hours immediately following a truck-involved crash can be critical to the potential legal outcome of the incident, regardless of whether it is a serious accident or a simple fender bender, trucking attorneys said.

In fact, those actions can sometimes determine whether a case ends up in a settlement or goes to trial.

This year's Conference & Annual Meeting is this Friday at the James B. Henry Center in East Lansing.

Informative training sessions include: Truck Accidents During the Pandemic – How the Numbers Changed and How To Protect Your Company, Trucks & Business from Ransomware & Hacking.

The annual meeting is Friday at 1:30 pm with Guest Speaker - ATA Chair: Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Garner Trucking, Inc & Ron’s Truck & Trailer Repair.

The Annual Meeting is open and free at all MTA members.

A casual dinner reception is scheduled for Thursday night at High Caliber Karting, Okemos, MI.
Thank you to our Conference & Annual Meeting President's Club sponsors

Mark your calendar for September 14, 2021 at

Winners of the 2021 Driver of the Year and Grand Trophy for Fleet Safety will be announced and the winners of the Pandemic Response Awards will also be honored.
Transport Topics- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accepting public comments on the agency’s intention to request approval for an information collection regarding event data recorders (EDRs).

Members of the public can comment on whether the proposed information collection is necessary and will have practical utility, the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, how to enhance the quality of the information that is to be collected and how to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who will respond.

Written comments should be submitted by October 25.

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