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CVSA to FMCSA: Scale back on hours and other exemptions

The burden being placed on roadside inspectors by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is becoming excessive, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says, because of the large number of exemptions being granted to drivers and carriers.

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California driver shut down after failed drug tests, crash

The driver was found to be medically unqualified to operate a commercial vehicle during a May 2015 FMCSA investigation in which the agency discovered he'd tested positive for the use of prohibited controlled substances, amphetamines or methamphetamines, on three separate occasions since 2012.

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ELD mandate: Is drivers’ time saved by e-logs worth near $2 billion annually?

Just as it's pretty hard to estimate time saved in a reliable way, it's pretty hard for paper and pencil to malfunction in the same way a computer can -- delving into FMCSA's ELD mandate cost-benefit analysis.

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The 34-hour restart’s complicated limbo

Here's the latest. Nothing about the 34-hour restart will change until FMCSA issues its certified report on its mandated comparative restart study. If the report says what many truckers have hoped, however, the restart could disappear entirely.

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Driver training rule expected this month, speed limiter rule delayed again

The latest on rules to mandate speed limiters, institute minimum driver training requirements, survey the industry on sleep apnea and set up a database of drivers who have refused or failed a drug test.

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Carrier asks FMCSA for exemption from short hauler log-keeping rules, blames detention time

The request would exempt Farruggio’s drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius but occasionally exceed the 12-hour limitation from having to complete a daily record of duty status. The company says approximately 12 percent of its drivers exceed the 12-hour limitation on a weekly basis, primarily due to waiting times at rail yards and piers.

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NTSB investigators blame significant hours violations, false logs and scant FMCSA oversight for deadly 2014 crash

NTSB investigators presented their findings to the full Board, determining that trucker fatigue and logbook falsification contributed to the crash, as well as “inadequacy of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration efforts to address the safety deficiencies of high-risk carriers or prioritize action to halt their operations.”

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POLL: Do you see a benefit to Wireless Roadside Inspection?

With technology in the test phase, questions remains as to safety credit/violation policy as well as whether any Wireless Roadside Inspection program would be voluntary or not -- what's your take on potential benefits/drawbacks of any future program today?

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So does FMCSA’s safety rating rule in fact violate Congressional directive?

Another week, another letter to Congress from an ad hoc coalition of groups challenging FMCSA's new safety rating rule's release on grounds it violates the FAST Act highway bill.

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Wireless Roadside Inspection research project’s final phase under way

Though the FAST Act highway bill and late-2015 appropriations bill made future Wireless Roadside Inspection funding contingent on a forthcoming report, bills left open funding streams dedicated to current projects, now under way.

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