FMCSA

Minimum driver training standards rule set to publish next month, DOT says

A DOT rule to implement a core curriculum for initial trucker training and require 30 hours behind the wheel before being issued a CDL is set to publish next month, as is a separate rule to establish a database of truckers who've failed or refused a drug test.

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FMCSA advisory boards will meet this month to discuss sleep apnea screening rule

Two separate FMCSA advisory boards will meet separately and jointly Oct. 24 to focus on recommendations for a rule to require sleep apnea screening and treatment for at-risk drivers.

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FMCSA eases requirements for military vets looking to obtain CDL

Military personnel who drove commercial vehicles in the service looking to transition into the trucking industry will now have a full year to apply for a skills test waiver instead of just 90 days after they leave the service. Additionally, the rule allows states to accept applications from active-duty military members that are stationed in that state.

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Small fleet shut down after post-crash investigation revealed bevy of safety violations

A five-truck fleet out of LaGrange, Ga., has been issued an effective shutdown order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after an investigation revealed the company did not adhere to driver qualification, drug testing, maintenance regulations and more.

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NTSB: More stringent drug screening needed for truck operators

NTSB found in its investigation of a fatal 2015 crash that the trucker at fault had illegally used methamphetamine before the crash occurred. The drug use should have been detected in a pre-employment screening, NTSB says.

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ATA calls speed limiter mandate proposal flawed, says it won’t support rule as published

The American Trucking Associations Oct. 6 released a statement saying it does not support the recent speed limiter mandate proposal issued by the U.S. DOT. The trucking lobbyist’s stance comes despite its request to the DOT for such a rule, pointing to the DOT's lack of a fully formed proposal as reason why.

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Trucking rap sheet: Fleet owner pleads guilty to ‘chameleon carrier’ charges, CDL testing schemes and more

A Pennsylvania trucking company owner pleaded guilty to charges relating to the reincarnation of a company shut down by FMCSA, more CDL testing schemes and more.

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Food hauler asks FMCSA to allow counting unloading time as 30-minute break

Transco Inc. recently applied for an exemption asking for drivers in its grocery and other food-related divisions to be exempt from the 30-minute rest break requirement.

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OOIDA, other trucking orgs mostly on board with pilot program for under-21 truckers

Several trucking and safety organizations submitted comments to the docket, with trucking organizations generally on board with the proposal and safety organizations generally opposed to it.

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Steel company’s on-site drivers receive exemption from 14-hour rule

An Indiana steel manufacturing company has been granted two exemptions for its drivers who transport steel coils from one part of its plant to another for shipments and for the equipment the company uses to transport the coils.

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