Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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No matter the economy, you can’t lose in the Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas, where the free advice, equipment displays, job opportunities, regulatory updates and beautiful show trucks much more to owner-operators.

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Feature Article: Getting on board

Some owner-operators fear that electronic onboard recorders cost too much and invade their privacy. As EOBR use spreads, others are embracing them after discovering improved productivity, safety and record-keeping.

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Hours rules lifted for oil spill

Federal officials temporarily lifted hours-of-service rules for haulers of some emergency supplies to four southeast coastal states.

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ATA: Study crash causes

Addressing risk factors would improve safety, trade group executive says.

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How recorders can protect you

If it seems electronic onboard recorders are becoming much more prevalent, it’s because they are. Thousands of units are in place in major carriers. The recent final rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration means that thousands more are on the way for fleets that rack up too many hours-of-service violations. The May Overdrive will examine what all this means. Some of the owner-operators interviewed by my colleague Todd Dills found, often to their surprise, ...

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FMCSA adjusts recorder mandate

FMCSA's rule requires onboard recorders for carriers shown in a single audit to be in serious hours-of-service noncompliance.

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CSA 2010 rollout partially delayed by a year

Full implementation of CSA 2010 will be delayed to 2011, says the American Trucking Associations.

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LogBook

The cross-border trucking program with Mexico, a driver screening Web site, the Illiana Expressway, IdleAire and truck-only toll lanes in Florida are among the issues featured.

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Drivers call for hours changes

Drivers and others in trucking called for more flexibility in sleeper berth regulations Friday, March 26, during the fifth public hearing on revising the hours of service rule. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held the day-long meeting at a convention center in Louisville, Ky. FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, who has attended some of the hearings, said the challenge is finding ways to make the regs more flexible, but in ways that will “protect us from those ...

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Hours of services changes: Sooner and later

If you have any doubt about whether the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., are getting the message about needed flexibility in the hours of service revision, worry no longer. I attended part of the fifth hours of service public hearing last week in Louisville, Ky., and the calls for a more sensible approach to sleeper berth splits came through loud and clear from speaker after speaker. Whether those pleas result in wise action is another matter, ...

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