regulations

Abracadabra autonomous!

“They’re not opponents of tech, but it might be a failure of imagination" --Venture capitalist on disconnect between truckers' expectations of self-driving tech and those of the folks in Silicon Valley. Wendy: "Let's slow the row on the imagination-bashing a little and get real."

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Speed limiters will hurt truckers’ bottom line and cause more accidents, operators argue in formal comments

Upwards of 4,500 comments were received by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the last three months on the agency’s proposed rule to mandate speed limiting devices on heavy trucks, and most trucker commenters railed against the rule and its potential effects on small business truckers.

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Minute to midnight: Clock running out for speed limiters’ first public comment

"It is obvious to me that the majority of drivers use the speed limiter setting to determine their minimum driving speed," not the maximum. --Owner-operator Gary Buchs in his comment to the speed-limiter rule proposal docket, which closes Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m -- late Wednesday night.

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Driver drug and alcohol test database to be required check for carriers by 2020

Set to publish Monday, a final rule establishing the Clearinghouse database will require carriers to search the database during the pre-employment process and for current employees -- at least once a year in the latter case.

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Already-disqualified trucker shut down by FMCSA following fatal accident

FMCSA says Dennis admitted to an investigator that he had taken methamphetamines “a few days prior” to the Nov. 9 crash, and that he had been texting while driving shortly before the crash. He had also exceeded both driving and on-duty hours-of-service limits at the time of the crash, FMCSA adds.

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Drug testing database, driver training standards set to publish this week, DOT says

The DOT is projecting final rules for the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and the Entry-Level Driver Training standards to be published this week.

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Two weeks remain to formally comment on speed limiter rule proposal

If the rule were to be made final, all new trucks would be required to use electronic speed governors. There is also a possibility it will require all trucks with factory-equipped speed limiters to be governed as well.

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FMCSA: Mexican carriers can now lease equipment to U.S. carriers

FMCSA says Mexican-domiciled carriers are now allowed to lease equipment to U.S. motor carriers regardless of where the freight is going, as long as the equipment is up to FMCSA regulations.

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Hours exemption for certain hazmat haulers extended

The exemption from the 30-minute rest break rule is limited to drivers transporting hazmat loads that have filed security plans requiring the drivers to constantly "attend" to the cargo.

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Driver training rule set for publication

The proposed rule outlined classroom training that would require instruction on the basics of driving a truck, including instrument and control instruction, how to perform pre- and post-trip inspections, how to safely back to a dock, hours-of-service regulations and more.

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