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OOIDA, other trucking orgs mostly on board with pilot program for under-21 truckers

Several trucking and safety organizations submitted comments to the docket, with trucking organizations generally on board with the proposal and safety organizations generally opposed to it.

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Steel company’s on-site drivers receive exemption from 14-hour rule

An Indiana steel manufacturing company has been granted two exemptions for its drivers who transport steel coils from one part of its plant to another for shipments and for the equipment the company uses to transport the coils.

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FMCSA to allow pre-CDL truckers at CRST to drive in team operations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in its Federal Register notice that a learner’s permit holder with documentation that he or she passed the CDL skills test can drive a truck for CRST without a CDL holder in the front seat.

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FMCSA updates regs for windshield-mounted safety devices

The devices covered in the amendment must be mounted no more than four inches below the upper edge or seven inches above the lower edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and must also be outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals.

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Pushing the limit: In-depth look at the arguments for and against DOT’s truck speed limiter mandate

Proponents’ key point is that capping truck speeds will reduce the number of truck-involved crashes. Opponents of the rule argue the opposite regarding safety, saying that the resulting speed differential between trucks and other vehicles would put all drivers at greater risk. More on both arguments here...

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Would you be referred for apnea testing under recent preliminary screening criteria?

Would you fall under the Medical Review Board's recent preliminary screening recommendations for criteria to refer drivers for sleep apnea testing during DOT physicals? Take this survey to find out.

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CDL drug/alcohol clearinghouse rule expected this month, driver training rule in November

A Final Rule to establish a CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is set to be published Sept. 26, while the rule to set up minimum driver training standards for truckers is set for a Nov. 7 publication.

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Trucking attorney: Court appears likely to side with FMCSA in ELD court challenge

"The panel was very suspect of the arguments that OOIDA was making and seemed to be much more in favor of the attorneys of the agency,” said transportation attorney Tim Wiseman of the Sept. 13-held oral arguments made in the ELD court challenge.

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Audio: OOIDA v. U.S. DOT — arguments delivered in court Tuesday

The electronic logging device mandate got its day in court Tuesday, September 13, in the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. In this audio released via the court's website, you'll hear arguments from OOIDA and the U.S. Department of Transportation that will be familiar to regular readers, with some probing by appeals court justices.

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OOIDA: Speed limiter rule comment period too short

The owner-operator trade group says its members need more than the current 60-day comment period to “adequately respond” to regulators proposed rule to require trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds to use a speed governor that limits truck speeds to an undetermined speed, likely 60, 65 or 68 mph.

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