FMCSA

Young trucker hits low bridge, FMCSA issues GPS alert

It is unclear if the young trucker was following GPS directions, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an alert Wednesday, May 31, warning truck drivers to use professional-grade navigation systems that provide route restrictions.

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BigRoad Dash Link ELD self-certified, listed on FMCSA registry

In the market for smartphone-app-based computer-assisted logbooks, from which Canada-headquartered BigRoad's ELD emerged, the company has established a foothold with owner-operators above that of most other players.

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Majority of drivers are opposed to federal approval for hair-sample testing for drugs

While such testing has long been sought by a variety of mostly large carrier interests, a slight majority of Overdrive readers oppose the move to hair testing, objecting to the privacy intrusion they believe it represents.

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Senators press regulators to speed up implementation of driver drug testing changes

The senators noted in the letter the December 2015-passed FAST Act highway bill required the HHS to issue guidelines for hair testing as a method of detecting the use of drugs within one year, but the Dec. 4, 2016, deadline passed without action. Failing to meet the deadline, the letter adds, has prevented the DOT from allowing hair testing to be a federally approved testing method.

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Details on out-of-service conditions related to ELDs, come December 18

CVSA's new ELD-related out-of-service conditions are actually footnotes regarding current OOS violations having to do with hours of service.

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DOT declines to file opposition in ELD lawsuit’s appeal to Supreme Court

The attorney representing OOIDA and truckers Richard Pingel and Mark Elrod in the ELD challenge says it’s not uncommon for the government to decline to file in such court cases. However, he says, the Supreme Court could ask DOT to file an opposition brief before deciding to hear the case or not.

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Fireworks hauling group seeks hours exemption for another member company

An exemption granted last year by FMCSA allows 51 carriers to operate outside of compliance of the 14-hour rule. The exemption is good through 2020. The new request would, if granted, add Pyro Shows of Alabama to the list of companies waived from compliance with the 14-hour rule in the weeks surrounding July 4.

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Two-truck Alabama fleet shut down following fatal crash, violations

Jeffery Finklea of Beatrice, Ala., was ordered to shut down his two-truck operation on April 24. FMCSA says a truck operated by J&L crossed the center line of Alabama Highway 13 on March 28 and collided head-on with a passenger car, killing both of its occupants.

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Hours reform, importance of manned vehicles highlight FMCSA session on autonomous trucks

With several companies jockeying to bring autonomous trucks to market, industry stakeholders this week stressed to a panel of top officers from FMCSA the importance of manned control for tractor-trailers, at least for the foreseeable future. Commenters also noted the potential for hours of service reform.

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FMCSA holding autonomous trucks meeting next week

During the meeting, FMCSA is looking for information relating to the design, development, testing and deployment of "highly autonomous" vehicles, specifically dealing with CDLs, qualification of drivers, the use of electronic devices, hours-of-service for drivers and inspection, repair and maintenance of the trucks.

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