regulations

She’s taking all the torque she can, Jim. We’re at critical mass.

Have you ever read something "so terrible you just can't imagine a real human being pieced it together and hope that someone has an imminently evil computer program to stitch together an AP article about trucking?" Plenty examples this week ...

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When regulation hurts worse than paltry pay

When nearly two-thirds of truckers (for owner-operators alone, 71 percent), working ridiculously long hours for modest pay, are far more aggravated over regulations and lack of respect than they are money, something’s amiss. It’s no surprise that turnover stays high.

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Owner-operators can now comment on DOT’s proposed speed governor mandate

FMCSA and its sister agency NHTSA are seeking feedback for 60 days on a proposed rule to require trucks to use speed governors. Potential speed limits are 60, 65 and 68 mph. Click here to find the link where owner-operators can comment on the rule.

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Truck speeds set to be governed: More insights into proposed DOT rule

More on the DOT's proposal to mandate speed governors on heavy-duty trucks: The speeds operators can expect to be limited to and the equipment that may fall under the mandate.

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Choking down the milk and cookies

If FMCSA's not going to remove the 30-minute break (aka the 'milk and cookie' break in the words of more than one operator) as requested by CVSA, there may well be rationale for reducing its severity weighting in the CSA Safety Measurement System.

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Final version of entry-level driver training rule moves closer to 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. It also required at least 30 hours behind the wheel before a CDL could be issued.

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DOT proposes rule to govern truck speeds

The U.S. Department of Transportation Aug. 26 released a proposed rule that would require trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed limiting devices.

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FMCSA looking to begin interstate pilot program for under-21, military-trained drivers

The pilot program will allow a limited number of military-trained drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, which is not currently allowed by federal regulations.

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Trucking industry groups say they’re concerned about costs of new emissions rule, but support goals

“Forcing a standard that can lead to problems with reliability and maintenance ultimately has no benefits to the environment if no one wants to buy the product,” one trucking industry group said.

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Speed limiter rule projected to be published next week, per DOT report

Following its recent stamp of approval by the White House, the DOT's rule to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks is now expected to be published next Friday.

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