regulations

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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34-hour restart: Readers weigh in on options for its future

With the 34-hour restart remaining in complicated limbo, the results of the polling show that the largest share of Overdrive readers prefer the restart to, simply, remain as it is in the hours of service rules.

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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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Oops: Appropriations bill may have done away with 34-hour restart entirely

Turns out the 34-hour restart-related item in the late-2015 Congressional appropriations bill may have done a little more than was intended, eliminating the restart entirely. Before you start (or continue, as it were) recapping hours, however ...

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ELD mandate: What about trucks plated below 26,000 lbs.?

Q&A: Will under 26K-lb. trucks be required to utilize ELDs under FMCSA's final rule? Short answer: Yes, but complications with the short-haul exceptions in the hours rules may apply to some operations.

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Threading the needle through trade policy, regulation, hammer swingers and the erosion of the middle class

Readers' responses to a recent call for change to the 14-hour rule in the hours of service thread the needle through 30 and more years of American history and the erosion of the blue-collar middle class.

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Doughnut wars 2020

Wendy offers a vision for the future of trucking: "A 'one doughnut a week' mandate, in which all CDL holders will be issued 'good boy' credits they can trade for snacks that aren't offered on the gubmint-approved driver menus."

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DOT rule to implement new carrier rating system published, FMCSA seeking comment

FMCSA has published a proposed rule that would reform the way it rates carriers and determines their overall safety fitness to operate, and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal for 60 days.

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FMCSA issues rule proposal to tie safety rating directly to inspections, violations

Another month, another major rule proposed by FMCSA: The SFD rule would revamp the three-tier safety rating program to incorporate roadside inspection/violation data in addition to investigations and update monthly.

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Another major carrier seeking exemption from certain driver training regs

CRST has applied for an exemption from the regulation that requires a CDL holder to be seated in the front seat of the truck while a commercial learner’s permit holder operates the truck.

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