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FMCSA seeks comments on proposed medical rule

The agency proposal to implement a national registry includes minimum training requirements for medical examiners.

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The feds’ favorite remedy: Your tax dollars

The annoying part of the logic behind buying EOBRs for Mexican carriers is how it reflects the paternalism and careless spending so rampant in Washington, D.C.

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‘The center cannot hold’ — FMCSA’s hours quandary

There is a growing feeling among industry watchers that in order to fully settle the decidedly unsettled regulatory situation surrounding the hours of service, Congress is going to have to legislate a solution. That sentiment has come to me from industry executives, consultants, former regulatory types and, in some senses, drivers. Comments from owner-operators and others to the federal docket for the proposed hours changes have reflected a common feeling that the proposal, with its mandated ...

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Ferro on detention: ‘Shippers should be held accountable.’

If you missed the open call the Trucking Solutions Group's member owner-operators held with FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro last week, you missed a lot. The wide-ranging conversation ran the gamut of topics from cross-border trucking to hours and detention concerns. About the last of which, it was heartening to hear, Ferro noted that she in essence agreed with the concerns of the TSG -- and so many drivers around the nation. “I agree with you that ...

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Hours rule deadline extended

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the comment period and will be unable to meet a July 26 deadline to issue a final rule.

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FMCSA issues CDL amendments

Final rule amends the commercial driver’s license knowledge and skills testing standards.

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Safety belt usage increases

Data show 78 percent of commercial truck and bus drivers wore safety belts in 2010.

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3 movers cited in federal enforcement sweep

Three companies are facing fines of $25,000 each after a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforcement sweep.

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Proposal to ban cell phone use by hazmat drivers

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has proposed to restrict the use of all handheld mobile telephones.

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The great tomato heist — Cargo thieves still operating in plain sight

I missed this report from the New York Times a week and a half back, about a sophisticated cargo-theft ring operating a seemingly legitimate trucking company in Florida, with a twist. The freight targeted wasn't consumer electronics or cigarettes or pharmaceuticals. "The high price of produce, especially for tomatoes after the deep winter freezes," reporter William Neuman leads the Times piece, "has attracted more than heightened attention from consumers. A ring of sophisticated vegetable bandits ...

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