regulations

Trump, trucking and regulations: Takeaways from the first two weeks of the Trump Administration

Speed limiters, driver training, ELDs and more -- If the barrage of Trump news has left you a little dizzy, here’s a quick look at the key trucking-specific happenings from the new administration in its first two weeks.

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North Dakota contemplating 80-mph speed limit

How fast is fast enough? Revisiting the question in light of a potential boost in speed limits to 80 mph in North Dakota, and more on Trump's two-for-one out/in regulatory order ...

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FMCSA shuts down trucker following two alcohol-related arrests in four-day period

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration effectively shut down Eric Ronald Scott after he was arrested twice in a four-day period for alcohol-related incidents.

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PTDI, others: A behind-the-wheel minimum is ‘critical’ for effective training rule

Just why did FMCSA exclude a behind-the-wheel minimum from its entry level training rule? Answers explored here, with views from another call for the agency to reconsider the rule to include a BTW minimum.

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Trump calls on agencies to remove two regulations for every new one

President Trump in his second full week in office continues his crusade against new and existing federal regulations. Trump signed an executive order Monday directing federal agencies to eliminate two “prior regulations” for “every new regulation issued.”

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DOT wants to start testing truckers for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids

The Department of Transportation this week proposed adding four commonly abused opioids to the list of drugs that drivers must be screened for in urine analysis tests.

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POLL: Should hair testing be allowed in lieu of urine-based drug tests?

With some larger carriers pushing the federal government to allow hair-sample testing as a substitute for required urine testing of drivers, what's your view on the practice? Should it be allowed, or not?

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Readers debate viability of pre-2000 model year approach to avoiding ELD mandate

At the center of the commentary, pushback on the notion that near-20-year-old equipment could be considered reliable enough to deliver suitable profitability. As one commenter noted, telling his story, an owner-operator might do well "to have two -- one to run, and one for a spare. And one for parts if you can store it.""

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FMCSA publishes, immediately suspends new online carrier registration system

With the publication and immediate suspension of the URS, existing carriers will need to continue to follow the same procedures and forms for registration updates as they do today. The agency intends to lift the suspension once the technology to implement the URS is complete, it says.

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POLL: What’s your view of the ELD mandate?

In the wake of the 7th Circuit appeals court's decision not to re-hear OOIDA's case against the ELD mandate final rule, what's your view of the mandate today?

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