FMCSA

Trucker shut down following fatal crash, ‘egregious’ hours-of-service violations

Virginia State Police found in their investigation that Carlos Alberto Garcia had been on-duty and driving for more than 103 hours over the previous eight days at the time of the crash, with only one 10-hour off-duty period taken.

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Logging in the ELD environment: Annotations/notes section is driver’s friend when ‘weird situations’ arise, FMCSA says

ELD exemption questions, personal conveyance circumstances, yard moves, more: In "any weird situation," said FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, "annotate it in the driver’s record would be clear if somebody asked you for it."

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The FMCSA is stealing my tricks

"That's right. I'll admit it. I've neglected to give full disclosure to George on a couple of things in the 25 years we've been together. Problem is, I always get caught, just like the FMCSA did, even though neither of us will admit what we did was slimy."

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FMCSA defends informal notice, partial exclusion of media at public meetings

Discussion topics of the meetings, as publicized by FMCSA last week, include prominent trucking regulations like the electronic logging device mandate, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and other safety regulations.

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American Road and Transportation Builders support ELD exemption, stress 14-hour-rule issues as well

ARTBA's support for the Pipe Line Contractors' request for an ELD exemption re-stressed the largely short-haul construction operators' long support for an exemption from the hours rules entirely for transportation construction companies.

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FMCSA holds listening sessions on CSA, ELDs with no notice to trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input from trucking stakeholders on some of the agency’s most prominent regulations.

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The difference between passionate speech and the truth

Passion is great, but the truth is often found far from it: The sleep apnea rulemaking being shelved does not mean a truck driver is now "more likely" to be nodding off behind the wheel, as noted a former Federal Railroad Administration official on CBS news.

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FMCSA eyes removal of diabetic drivers’ exemption requirement

Truckers with insulin-treated diabetes may no longer have to request a formal exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, should a new federal rule come to fruition.

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DOT withdraws rule to set sleep apnea screening criteria for truckers

A sleep apnea rule would give clarity to medical examiners, carrier employers and drivers themselves about what criteria or combination of criteria would prompt a driver to be referred for an in-lab apnea test. The agency's withdrawal of the rule preserves the status quo.

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New FMCSA guidance allows states to accept commercial learner’s permit applications from any out-of-state drivers

The guidance issued this week is in line with FMCSA’s final rule issued Oct. 13, 2016, that amended CDL regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into the trucking industry. Previously, states could only accept out-of-state applications from military personnel, but the new guidance applies to all drivers.

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