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Truck operators to take on most of driver training rule costs, per FMCSA figures

Drivers themselves will bear the bulk of the rule’s costs, according to FMCSA’s calculations. The 30-day period for owner-operators and other industry stakeholders to file formal comments ends in a week.

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Hours exemption for Oregon loggers extended per 2015-passed highway bill

The extension of the expiration date is in response to a provision in the December-passed FAST Act highway bill that extended exemptions in effect when the bill was enacted. The bill extended the exemptions to five years from the date they were were issued from two years.

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Request to allow some drivers to use detention time as off-duty time denied by FMCSA

An exemption request from the American Trucking Associations that would allow drivers to exclude detention time at a natural gas or oil well site from their total 14 on-duty hours has been denied by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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S.C. driver shut down after involvement in fatal hit-and-run, Mass. trucking company shut down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued effective shutdown orders recently to a South Carolina-licensed driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run and a Massachusetts-based trucking company that failed to maintain equipment and oversee its drivers.

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Contract mail carriers denied 14-hour exemption request

A group of contract mail carriers have been denied an exemption from the 14-hour on-duty limit.

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FMCSA proposes rule to help military veterans obtain CDL, get into trucking industry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking to make it easier for current and former military personnel to obtain a commercial learner’s permit or CDL with two regulatory changes.

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Fireworks haulers want hours exemption renewed, loggers seek securement exemption

The FMCSA is seeking public comment on two exemption requests – one for fireworks haulers from the 14-hour rule during the July 4 holiday period, and one for the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association from certain cargo securement regulations.

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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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