FMCSA

Proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule comment period closes May 23

The SFD rule would replace the current three-tier federal rating system of “Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory” for carriers with a single determination of “Unfit,” which would require the carrier to either improve its operations or shut down.

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Lost time, money focal point for drivers during second FMCSA sleep apnea listening session

Costs, both time and money, were big topics of conversation during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Federal Railroad administrations’ “fact-finding” listening session on sleep apnea/operator safety Tuesday, May 17.

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Publication date for CDL clearinghouse rule pushed back again

The projected publication date for the looming Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse was pushed back 13 days from August 16 to August 29.

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Make certain drivers aren’t ‘guilty until proven innocent’: Report from FMCSA’s first sleep-apnea listening session

"We need to make sure that the people behind the wheel understand they are not guilty until proven innocent." --Dr. Alan Lankford at FMCSA first apnea listening session. Session 2 is next week in Chicago.

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Alert: FMCSA says these crude tanks must be repaired, retested before hazmat use

Affected tanks have a capacity of 8,400 gallons, 8,717 gallons and 10,500 gallons, and are primarily used for the transportation of petroleum crude oil, FMCSA says.

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FMCSA standing up vetting process for ELD certifications

After issues found in some of the initial certifications, FMCSA is starting a pre-publication vetting process for further electronic logging device registrations and certifications to be included in its ELD registry.

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Tennessee-based driver shut down after police find drugs, beer in cab after crash

Jason L. Flynn made an illegal turn in north Georgia on March 17, which caused a crash with a passenger vehicle. The vehicle became wedged underneath Flynn’s trailer, hospitalizing the driver.

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Fireworks haulers request amendment to Independence Day HOS exemption

The American Pyrotechnics Association requested that four carriers be removed from the exemption and four carriers be added to the exemption, which was granted by FMCSA last year, keeping the total at 51 carriers.

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Sleep apnea back front and center of health/safety conversation

Following release of FMCSA apnea "pre-rule" requesting information, and release of study on apnea and crash risk, conversation among advocates heats up over study's validity, more.

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OOIDA expects ruling on ELD mandate by year’s end

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says it expects the courts to rule by year’s end on whether or not to uphold a DOT rule to require truckers to use electronic logging devices to track hours of service.

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