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MCSAC policy panel’s long shift toward safety advocates

How it happened: When the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee began meeting in 2007, it had four members with direct involvement in trucking. Today, there are three direct trucking members. Over the same period, representatives of safety-advocacy groups more than doubled from two to five.

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Owner-operators can now comment on DOT’s proposed speed governor mandate

FMCSA and its sister agency NHTSA are seeking feedback for 60 days on a proposed rule to require trucks to use speed governors. Potential speed limits are 60, 65 and 68 mph. Click here to find the link where owner-operators can comment on the rule.

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Truck speeds set to be governed: More insights into proposed DOT rule

More on the DOT's proposal to mandate speed governors on heavy-duty trucks: The speeds operators can expect to be limited to and the equipment that may fall under the mandate.

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Choking down the milk and cookies

If FMCSA's not going to remove the 30-minute break (aka the 'milk and cookie' break in the words of more than one operator) as requested by CVSA, there may well be rationale for reducing its severity weighting in the CSA Safety Measurement System.

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Final version of entry-level driver training rule moves closer to 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. It also required at least 30 hours behind the wheel before a CDL could be issued.

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DOT proposes rule to govern truck speeds

The U.S. Department of Transportation Aug. 26 released a proposed rule that would require trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed limiting devices.

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FMCSA looking to begin interstate pilot program for under-21, military-trained drivers

The pilot program will allow a limited number of military-trained drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, which is not currently allowed by federal regulations.

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OOIDA in latest legal filing: ELD mandate too costly, too intrusive

OOIDA again argues in its latest brief the rule violates truckers’ 4th Amendment protections against illegal search and seizures and does not meet Congress’ requirements for the rule. The group also argues the mandate still opens the door for truckers to be harassed by their employers via the devices and does not stand up to a cost benefit analysis.

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Proposed federal rule to govern truck speeds to be published soon

A proposed federal rule to require the use of speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks has cleared its final hurdle in the regulatory process and will likely be published in the coming weeks. The rule will set a speed limit for on-highway trucks.

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FMCSA launches campaign to alert public on driving safely around trucks

Through the new campaign, dubbed “Our Roads, Our Responsibility,” FMCSA suggests several tips to drivers sharing the road with commercial vehicles. It also offers trucking industry stakeholders graphics to use to help spread the word.

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