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| July 02, 2012

Truckers who have picked up Truckers News and Custom Rigs in truck stops around the country will instead be able to pick up the new Overdrive. Owner-operators who have Overdrive delivered to their homes will see no change in their subscription.

A key component of the new Overdrive will be a completely redesigned website, OverdriveOnline.com, that will extend Overdrive’s content to a much broader audience than is possible through the print magazine. The website will make it easier for readers to comment on stories using fully integrated social media functions and to share their own photos from the road. Photo slide shows and videos will expand options for how readers receive their information.

Part of the new Overdrive will be a multifunction app available for iPhone and Android. It will include a complete truck stop guide, routing and fuel optimization, loads and other features.

— Staff reports

 

 

EOBRs among hot topics for agency

 

The industry can be on the lookout for a Safety Fitness Determination proposal and perhaps a rulemaking in 2013, said Anne Ferro, head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Also on the boards is a long-awaited entry-level driver training rule, Ferro told attendees at the CCJ Spring Symposium in May.

FMCSA is still wrestling with formulating a new rule for electronic onboard recorders.

Ferro also discussed where the electronic onboard recorder rulemaking process now stands in light of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s successful court challenge that FMCSA failed to address how fleets would be prevented from using the devices to harass drivers.

“We’ve worked closely with EOBR partners – vendors, carriers and law enforcement – on the technical standards,” she said. “We’ve also worked with drivers to learn more about the harassment issue.” FMCSA also must address the issue of hours of service supporting documents for EOBRs, she said.

All of those components will be dealt with in a forthcoming Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on EOBRs, due late this year or early 2013. “It will be a proposal, and we’ll need your feedback,” Ferro said.

Ferro also reminded symposium attendees of the July 2013 effective date of FMCSA’s final hours-of-service rule, but chose not to address pending legal action targeting the rule and instead emphasized its definitive status in the agency’s eyes. “The whole intent was to target cumulative fatigue,” she said of the new 34-hour restart provision.

— Dean Smallwood

 

 

OOIDA challenging Minn. out of service criteria

 

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is returning to court over out of service criteria against the Minnesota State Patrol and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

In April, the alliance adopted amended criteria for Minnesota and other jurisdictions that say out of service orders for fatigue can be issued based on reasonable articulable suspicion instead of the stricter standard of probable cause.

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank will hear the association’s motion for an Order to Show Cause Sept. 21, the first anniversary of the Minnesota judge’s upholding of his previous order against the MSP. Last September, Frank ruled that the patrol’s OOS criteria violates truckers’ civil rights and his previous court order. That suit did not name CVSA as a party.

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said the patrol was “aware of the motion and will respond in due course.” CVSA declined to comment, said Executive Director Stephen Keppler.

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