regulations

DOT, FMCSA sued for not producing driver training rule in last 20 years

A coalition of highway safety and labor advocates have brought a federal lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and FMCSA for not heeding Congressional requirements to produce an entry-level driver training rule.

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What will a mandatory minimum insurance hike cost an owner-operator?

Liability insurance, particularly for new owner-operator businesses, can rank number one for in fixed costs for an independent without a truck payment -- $10K a year or more for a new business. If you've boosted your total coverage amount from $750K or $1 million upward in recent years, how much more did you subsequently pay in premiums?

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DOT: Proposed speed limiter rule coming in Feb., insurance increase next month

A federal regulation upping the amount of liability insurance carriers must have is still slated to be published as a proposed rule next month, while the department’s rule to require use of speed limiters on heavy trucks and its Safety Fitness Determination rule are now projected to be published as proposed rules in early 2015.

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Guilty until proven innocent: Answering key sleep-apnea questions

As new medical certification processes come into play, more drivers are being asked to get sleep apnea testing. Some are asking questions, getting varied answers – and being taken off the road prematurely.

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Speed limiters not ‘worth the hassle': More voices on potential mandate

Michael Goodman, among others: "Forcing speed limiters will make roads less safe and be another unnecessary cost to the millions of truck owners in the United States."

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Tale of two drivers at Partners in Business:

Todd Amen presented the latest in revenue/income averages and trends from ATBS' owner-operator clients, which continue to follow what's been happening over a decade now. Better income on fewer miles.

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Readers say no to speed governing, less equivocal on a national speed limit

Haven't we been here before? With some industry organizations calling for a national 65-mph speed limit and governing of Class 7 and 8 trucks to similar limits, readers weigh in.

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What will be outgoing FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro’s lasting legacy?

The administrator's responses to a variety of questions the morning of Aug. 14 suggested that, among her main hopes for the future of the industry, improved driver compensation ranks certainly at or near the top.

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CSA’s Fallout: The shifting enforcement target as states move on driver violations

Among all 48 continental states, 2013 saw 29 states increase their attention to moving violations, figured as a percentage of each state’s total violations. Among the top such states, 3 in 4 saw their moving violations' share grow in 2013 against other violations.

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Mike Parkhurst’s legacy of reform

Today’s owner-operators have him and other leaders, as well as thousands of drivers who followed them, to thank for today’s ease of entry to the industry. No one should take for granted the freedom to compete with no restrictions on lanes, rates, areas of operation or freight.

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