regulations

TrailerTail manufacturer asks DOT for mounting exemption

Stemco is seeking an exemption from federal regulations to move certain lights on van trailers lower to allow its TrailerTails to maximize their aerodynamic effect.

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DOT issues rule to require truck passengers to wear seat belts, hold truckers accountable

The agency's rule will “hold motor carriers and drivers responsible” for making sure passengers in their trucks wear seat belts, the agency says. The rule will take effect Aug. 8.

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Picking an ELD amid a crowded market, uncertain government registry

Unless the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s lawsuit derails the electronic logging device mandate, you’ll need to use an ELD by Dec. 16, 2017, with some exceptions. Most notable is owning a truck with a 1999 or earlier model year, though there are others (see the following link and the sidebar below): Owner-operators leasing to large fleets are most likely to use, if they don’t already, systems selected by those fleets. However, independents leased to smaller operations, ...

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Owner-operators, industry groups weigh in on proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule

The resounding sentiment from most that submitted comments on the rule was that the FMCSA is getting ahead of itself by issuing the rulemaking before the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System has been reviewed and its problems worked out.

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Sleep apnea research: Truck operators must spend average of $1,200 for testing when apnea suspected

In wake of three federal listening sessions, ATRI's driver survey on apnea drops data on high costs. New data from readers also show the incidence of screening, testing and treatment has continued to rise in recent years.

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Truckers to FMCSA: Make sure medical examiners are on same page relative to sleep apnea

“FMCSA should get out of the medical field and leave it to the doctors,” Curl said. “Doctors should be the only ones deciding if drivers are fit to be on the road.”

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Audio mailbag: Mandating speed limiters is ‘unsafe, period’, readers say

Requiring speed limiters for nearly all on-highway trucks would be a detriment to highway safety, readers say in this mailbag podcast near universally. And, as one reader noted, regulators "will never find out" unless "they get out on the road with us" to see for themselves.

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Lost time, money focal point for drivers during second FMCSA sleep apnea listening session

Costs, both time and money, were big topics of conversation during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Federal Railroad administrations’ “fact-finding” listening session on sleep apnea/operator safety Tuesday, May 17.

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New food hauling regulations up the need for clean equipment, lawyer says

Pertaining to new regulations handed down last month by the FDA for food haulers, shippers will now be in charge of setting cleanliness guidelines for truckers and their equipment and could turn trucks away without loads if they fail to meet previously agreed to requirements, says one transportation focused lawyer.

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Make certain drivers aren’t ‘guilty until proven innocent’: Report from FMCSA’s first sleep-apnea listening session

"We need to make sure that the people behind the wheel understand they are not guilty until proven innocent." --Dr. Alan Lankford at FMCSA first apnea listening session. Session 2 is next week in Chicago.

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