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Three compete for Owner-Operator of the Year, cross-border program lawsuits advance, turnpike rates rise, Baltimore bridge tolls rising and many more industry news items are featured.

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FMCSA medical certificate rule begins

Truckers must keep paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate with them for another two years until Jan. 30, 2014.

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Court sets new FMCSA deadline on recorder motion

Court granted extension to Feb. 21 for the FMCSA’s response to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s motion.

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Groups want hours of service case dismissed

Previous settlement agreement wanted to change 2008 hours of service rule.

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FMCSA meeting to address sleep apnea

Feb. 6 meeting will finalize recommendations of the joint subcommittee on obstructive sleep apnea.

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Rich Wilson’s ‘state of the industry'; and MCSAC apnea update

You're likely to remember Rich Wilson (pictured), former owner-operator and current regulatory manager with the Trans Products/Trans Services company, for his part in the Truck Driver Social Media Convention last fall, where he urged the drivers and owner-operators in attendance really be a part of the regulatory process -- on the front end, in the planning stages, before the regs were written and codified and, well, gained staying power. Wilson himself was at the Motor Carrier ...

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Focus on health coming

Recommendations that could help frame a final rule regulating obstructive sleep apnea are in the works.

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Court combines cases opposing cross-border plan

FMCSA has granted operating authority to a second Mexican carrier.

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Intent v. interpretation: Questions raised by new hours rule

  The intent is not living up to the interpretation of language in the hours of service final rule, Rich Wilson of Trans Products / Trans Services told me this morning. Just one example of the disconnect (notwithstanding the one I wrote about last week) was noted by owner-operators Linda Caffee and Henry Albert of the Trucking Solutions Group after reading an explanation of the occasional inability to enforce the limitation of one restart every 168 hours, ...

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FMCSA inspector sentenced for taking bribes

A former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official in New York state has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months in prison.

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