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Amid ‘fatigued driver’ out-of-service discussions, panel releases report on research into fatigue measurement

The 392.3 "ill/fatigued operator" regulation has come under fire from truckers and inspectors in recent years due to lack of objective standards for its enforcement. A new report from the National Academies in some ways underscores the criticism while charting a course for FMCSA on fatigue research.

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Sleep apnea ‘pre-rule’ officially published, comment period for owner-operators opens

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comment on the rule about the costs and benefits of requiring drivers with obstructive sleep apnea to undergo evaluation and treatment by a doctor.

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Another coalition of trucking groups calls on Congress to stop FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule from proceeding

The groups said their major concern is that the Safety Fitness rule "utilizes flawed CSA/Safety Measurement System data and scores,” which Congress directed FMCSA to fix in the FAST Act highway bill passed in December.

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FMCSA announces sleep apnea ‘pre-rule,’ wants feedback from carriers, drivers on apnea prevalance

The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calls the request for feedback the “first step” in a potential sleep apnea rule for the trucking industry. Here are the topics the agency wants input on from trucking industry stakeholders.

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FMCSA updates definition of ‘high risk’ carrier, changes intervention priorities

The new definition will include fewer carriers. But those carriers, once the change is in place, will be at a higher crash risk than the carriers currently deemed high risk, says FMCSA. Here's how FMCSA will now define "high risk carriers" ...

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Carrier ‘absolute measure’ scores return to five CSA categories

Each carrier's CSA SMS profile now includes in its public view each carrier's "absolute measure" score in five of the seven BASIC categories of analysis.

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Owner-operators, public get an extra 60 days to comment on new carrier rating system proposal

FMCSA has extended the comment period for the Safety Fitness Determination rule proposal 60 days, until May 23. The rule would do away with the Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory ratings and replace it with a simple fit or unfit rating.

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When the blind lead the blind

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have our new administrator! ... The potato chip has more experience than anyone else in the agency, because it's actually been on a truck before."

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34-hour restart: Readers weigh in on options for its future

With the 34-hour restart remaining in complicated limbo, the results of the polling show that the largest share of Overdrive readers prefer the restart to, simply, remain as it is in the hours of service rules.

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Senate committee approves Darling’s FMCSA nomination

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved T.F. Scott Darling III's nomination to be the next head of the FMCSA Thursday, and he will await the confirmation of the full Senate to take the position.

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