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Unified long-term highway bill announced, would remove CSA scores from view until program reformed

A group of 12 senators and 28 representatives reached an agreement Dec. 1 on a five-year highway bill, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

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House bill would help military vets get DOT physicals for CDL

The bill would allow Veterans Affairs doctors in good standing with the Department of Transportation to conduct DOT physicals for veterans to make it easier for them to obtain a commercial drivers license.

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TIA, OOIDA support proposed language change to eliminate highway bill ‘poison pill’ for Unrated carriers

The proposed change, to be considered this week during House highway bill debate, notably excludes the thousands of Conditional rated carriers operating amid increasing difficulty obtaining a review after correcting problems.

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Teamsters speak out against 33-foot doubles

The Teamsters Union voiced its opposition Wednesday to extending the length of tractor-trailers nationwide, citing a detriment to highway safety with bigger trucks.

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POLL: Where do you stand on raising truck weight limits with an extra axle?

With recent introduction of the so-called "Safe Trucking Act" in Congress to boost weigh limits to 91,000 lbs. with an extra axle, what's your view of the principle effects of such added weight?

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Senate DOT appropriations bill would set e-log, CSA safety fitness determination deadlines

In addition to offering restart-changes relief pending further study, the bill requires an ELD final rule by January 2015 and SFD proposal by December of this year, in addition to an OIG audit of the compliance review program.

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FLSA reform, parking, detention: MCSAC prioritizes reauthorization recommendations

Reforming employee-driver compensation by removing the FLSA overtime exemption was among top recommendations, likewise expanding truck-parking availability, sleep apnea, further New Entrant attention and more.

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Regs review, CSA, driver pay highlight potential highway-bill action items discussed at MCSAC Day 1

What would you tell the FMCSA to focus on in terms of priority issues for the next highway reauthorization? Find here what FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's diverse membership thinks.

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Sleep apnea bill becomes law, FMCSA can’t use guidance to address driver screening

The law, signed by President Barack Obama Tuesday, Oct. 15, forbids FMCSA from using guidance alone to address sleep apnea screening for drivers.

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Senate passes sleep apnea bill, president’s signature would make it law

The U.S. Senate passed last week the so-called sleep apnea bill, which would require that any action taken by FMCSA pertaining to sleep disorder screening come via formal rulemaking. The bill now moves on to President Obama for his signature.

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