regulations

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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The tightening knot of ELDs, hours, parking: Channel 19 year in review, the finale

As in 2014 with the restart rollback, several issues came to a head in the last month of 2015, bring us back to where we started in this year in review: The problem with the hours of service, readers say, is a central safety issue.

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: Manufacture date or model year?

The short answer is that FMCSA intends to draw the line according to model year, not date of manufacture. The long answer is that mixing language on model year and date of manufacture only complicates things for operators, eventual enforcement...

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Merry Christmas to the rat king

"Dear FMCSA, Happy holidays, from a small business trucking family!" ...

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POLL: What will be your response to mandated ELDs?

7 in 10 readers noted they’d consider either early retirement or another line of work before they’d run with an electronic log in March 2014, when the recently released rule was proposed. What's your outlook today?

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POLL: What’s your view of the ‘driver shortage’?

"Driver shortage" -- myth or reality, all about trucker pay or a reflection of a younger generation's generally unfavorable view of long-distance trucking, a by-product of a constraining regs enivronment? What's your view?

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ELD mandate’s pre-2000 model year exception: One owner-operator’s morning celebration, more voices raised

Independent Howard Salmon -- owner of a 1999 Kenworth W900 -- and his reaction to news of the pre-2000 model year exception in the ELD mandate -- more voices on the rule, too.

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