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DOT issues rule to require truck passengers to wear seat belts, hold truckers accountable

The agency's rule will “hold motor carriers and drivers responsible” for making sure passengers in their trucks wear seat belts, the agency says. The rule will take effect Aug. 8.

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Owner-operators, industry groups weigh in on proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule

The resounding sentiment from most that submitted comments on the rule was that the FMCSA is getting ahead of itself by issuing the rulemaking before the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System has been reviewed and its problems worked out.

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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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Merry Christmas to the rat king

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

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At least 30 hours behind the wheel: Pre-CDL driver-training rulemaking committee issues ‘consensus’ recommendation

Two dissenting votes on the committee -- from NASTC and ATA -- open the door for FMCSA to not pursue an training rulemaking, but signs suggest that they will.

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Results: Perfecting the ‘hours of service wish list’

With the hours of service rule continuing to dominate the national trucking-safety conversation, readers weigh in with a top-five of hours of service wish list items, change ideas to improve safety.

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One ring to get you suspended

"I get the concern with threats... I do not, however, get why suspending a fourth grade kid for telling his classmate he was going to 'render him invisible with the One Ring' is OK."

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Safety will be the death of us

"Progress of the species is retarded when there is no failure. You can't keep someone safe from themselves: no matter how many rules you impose, there are human beings out there who will continue to test the limits. "

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Take advantage of CARB’s comment period by April 21

"This is by no means a 'done deal,'" notes Joe Rajkovacz of the CCTA. "Truckers need to participate in the public-comment process – even show up at the Board meeting if they can."

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