regulations

FMCSA proposes rule to change protocol for truckers with diabetes

Under the current regulations, a driver with diabetes may not operate in interstate commerce unless he or she obtains an exemption from FMCSA, which must be renewed at least every two years. The new rule would allow diabetic truckers to operate without an exemption, so long as they meet certain criteria.

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Audio: OOIDA v. U.S. DOT — arguments delivered in court Tuesday

The electronic logging device mandate got its day in court Tuesday, September 13, in the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. In this audio released via the court's website, you'll hear arguments from OOIDA and the U.S. Department of Transportation that will be familiar to regular readers, with some probing by appeals court justices.

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Mailbag: One operator’s ‘hairy’ trip speed-limited at 65, more views on limiter mandate proposal

In response to recent polling, the largest share of reader respondents object to any speed limiter mandate. A larger share of responses considered together, though, favor speed settings well above the speeds the DOT analyzed within the proposed rule's text. More voices on the proposed mandate in this podcast.

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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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