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Two weeks remain to formally comment on speed limiter rule proposal

If the rule were to be made final, all new trucks would be required to use electronic speed governors. There is also a possibility it will require all trucks with factory-equipped speed limiters to be governed as well.

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FMCSA: Mexican carriers can now lease equipment to U.S. carriers

FMCSA says Mexican-domiciled carriers are now allowed to lease equipment to U.S. motor carriers regardless of where the freight is going, as long as the equipment is up to FMCSA regulations.

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Hours exemption for certain hazmat haulers extended

The exemption from the 30-minute rest break rule is limited to drivers transporting hazmat loads that have filed security plans requiring the drivers to constantly "attend" to the cargo.

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Driver training rule set for publication

The proposed rule outlined classroom training that would require instruction on the basics of driving a truck, including instrument and control instruction, how to perform pre- and post-trip inspections, how to safely back to a dock, hours-of-service regulations and more.

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Trucker who crashed truck while drunk, changing pants shut down by FMCSA

Allen R. Johnson Sr. told Vermont State Police after the Nov. 2 accident that he had set the cruise control on the truck to 63 miles per hour, then stood up to change his pants. A report from the state indicated Johnson’s blood alcohol content was .209, approximately five times the legal limit for truck drivers.

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New ‘Share the road’ video aimed at motorists

As one commenter under FMCSA's Facebook share of the new video put it: "This video needs to be a part of every high school's drivers ed class." Hear hear, driver.

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OOIDA accuses FMCSA of sidestepping rule process with sleep apnea provision, files legal challenge

OOIDA filed its legal challenge Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole. OOIDA says the final rule, which required procedural changes for medical examiners, included an appendix not found in the agency’s 2014 proposal that could subject some truckers to sleep apnea screening.

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FMCSA: Repair Keith Huber Inc. cargo tanks or remove from service

FMCSA says the DOT 407 low-pressure bulk liquid cargo tanks and DOT 412 corrosive cargo tanks manufactured by the company have several defects that don’t comply with regulations. The tanks were manufactured before May 1, 2013, when the company went out of business.

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Marijuana wins big in 2016 elections, still off limits for truckers, DOT says

After four more states voted to approve legalization of marijuana Tuesday, it appears the Department of Transportation will stand by its previous stance that using marijuana is forbidden for truck drivers as long as it remains a Schedule I drug.

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Three states suspend hours of service regulations for gas haulers

Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina have suspended hours of service regulations for gas haulers in the states to minimize disruption of transportation in the states.

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