regulations

Language of MCSAC / Medical Review Board recommended apnea guidelines — more from D.C.

Contrasting viewpoints coming together -- or not -- made for an interesting day today at the first of four days' worth of meetings of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. Today's agenda was dedicated to drafting language toward formal recommendation to the agency of potential guidance to adopt in future rulemaking relating to sleep apnea and drivers' medical qualifications. For a roundup of what's in the recommendations as issued and some of the debate ...

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Rich Wilson’s ‘state of the industry'; and MCSAC apnea update

You're likely to remember Rich Wilson (pictured), former owner-operator and current regulatory manager with the Trans Products/Trans Services company, for his part in the Truck Driver Social Media Convention last fall, where he urged the drivers and owner-operators in attendance really be a part of the regulatory process -- on the front end, in the planning stages, before the regs were written and codified and, well, gained staying power. Wilson himself was at the Motor Carrier ...

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Stiff wind to pay the toll: The 2011 Channel 19 year in review

What better way to start the new year than with a look back on the previous? I did it last year, after all, so let's make it a tradition, how bout? The Chinese Year of the Rabbit saw all manner of issues hopping in and out of the national on-highway spotlight, bookended by a proposed hours-of-service rule and its ultimate issuance, slightly reducing potential weekly work hours. Bound up in the discussion was, as any regular ...

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FMCSA’s hours rule justification includes, well, guess who…

You can imagine my surprise yesterday when, just as I'm perusing portions of the new hours rule's full text in preparation for a story or two I'm putting together for Truckers News and Overdrive, I get an email from a colleague making note of the fact that none other than my own reporting is sourced in part of the rule's justification. Sure enough, right there on the 13th page of the 55-page document, in response to ...

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Former owner-operator going after MCSAC committee representation

As I've written about here in weeks prior, former owner-operator Fred Schaffner, a man with a passion for fighting for fairness in the treatment of drivers in the face of regulatory flux and with a keen eye on the regulatory process, came out of the Truck Driver Social Media Convention last October on a mission: to do his part to make drivers' voices a part of the influential, if relatively young (established in 2006), Motor ...

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Modest proposal: ‘Let regulators have what they want’

Today, a dispatch from driver and radio host Big Al Weekley (pictured), the man behind the streaming Dispatch Me Home Radio Network site. It comes in response to Nabisco hauler Buddy Wenners' modest proposal to regulators to skip all the preamble and really just do what they really seem to want to do, "ban truck driving," posted to the blog here last Friday. While Weekley says he initially responded with plenty of empathy for the sentiment, ...

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Modest proposal: ‘Ban truck driving’

The comments on the news of the handheld cellphone ban while driving for the interstate pilots of the nation's tractor-trailer rigs continue to come in. (Read them for yourself here, including among them at the very end a reaction by driver Wayne Leverton to witnessing a state patrol officer in Washington State use both hands to manipulate a mounted laptop over a mile or two of straight highway.) Reactions run the gamut from muted support to ...

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MCSAC / MRB meeting webcast underway on sleep apnea

If you haven't been able to tune into the meeting today of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee with the Medical Review Board, keep an eye on my Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/channel19todd, where I'm posting various items from the presentations ongoing. Benjamin Hoffman, director of the Medical Review Board and GE Chief Medical Officer, says he hopes the meeting will result in promulgation of clearcut regulations or guidance relative to drivers and sleep apnea, and ...

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Driver action on sleep apnea, CSA, EOBRs, cross-border trucking

Regular readers will recall my post from last month following the first annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention, which spurred on driver advocate Frederick Schaffner to be a presence in D.C. at the November meeting of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committtee. There, a large part of the discussion was devoted to standards for electronic onboard recorders for hours-of-service compliance. Schaffner has annotated MCSAC's task report emerging from that meeting with his own series of ...

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FCC continues hold on ‘Trucker TV’ exemption

Since 2004, missing persons advocate Marc Klaas of the Klaas Kids Foundation has been part of an effort by a company associated with Flying J travel plazas to get an FCC exemption to establish a low-power broadcasting operation at truck stops. The emphasis of the operation would be not only on entertainment but, most importantly for Klaas, information about missing persons and others likely to be spotted on the nation's highways. Klass' blog for the ...

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