regulations

New FMCSA guidance allows states to accept commercial learner’s permit applications from any out-of-state drivers

The guidance issued this week is in line with FMCSA’s final rule issued Oct. 13, 2016, that amended CDL regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into the trucking industry. Previously, states could only accept out-of-state applications from military personnel, but the new guidance applies to all drivers.

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FMCSA extends hours suspension in Dakotas, N.C. suspends hours regs over power outage

FMCSA extended an emergency declaration in the Dakotas due to severe drought conditions, thus extending an hours-of-service regulations suspension in the state. North Carolina also suspended hours regulations due to a power outage on the Outer Banks.

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Trump DOT nixes sleep apnea rulemaking, bumps speed limiter mandate

The U.S. Department of Transportation, as expected under the Trump administration, has signaled it will not continue to pursue a rulemaking to mandate the use of speed limiters in the trucking industry, at least any time soon. However, the DOT still considers instituting sleep apnea screening protocol for truck operators and carrier employers as a near-term priority.

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FMCSA rejects fleet’s 30-minute break exemption request

In its denial, FMCSA says when the 30-minute break provision was proposed, it was based on research that stated periods free from work were followed by improved work performance. The agency says the break benefits drivers and improves safety.

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Short-haul carriers petition FMCSA for exemption from ELD mandate

Electronic Logging Device - ELD Example

An association representing drivers who contract to haul equipment for pipeline construction projects and a water service hauling fleet are seeking exemptions from the ELD mandate for some of their drivers who exceed the hours limits on the short-term logging exemption.

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Short-haul intermodal fleet petitions FMCSA for logbook exemption

RDS is seeking the exemption for the times the drivers work longer than 12 hours.

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Large fleet gets exemption for pre-CDL drivers

New Prime, part of national fleet Prime Inc., has been granted an exemption by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow its pre-CDL drivers who have passed the CDL skills test to drive in team operations without a CDL holder in the front seat

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Daimler petitions FMCSA to allow lower windshield placement of warning system camera

Supplemental information submitted by DTNA clarified that the camera system would actually be mounted 8.5 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers – more than twice as far below the area currently allowed by regulations.

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OOIDA offering training course to meet new FDA sanitary food hauling regs

OOIDA’s course includes a one-hour training module and a test, which awards a certificate of completion, a card to keep in the truck cab and templates of written procedures and checklists for van trailers, reefers, flatbeds, liquid bulk tankers and hoppers.

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C.R. England regs waiver for pre-CDL drivers renewed

The exemption allows commercial learner’s permit holders that have passed the CDL skills test but not yet received their CDL to drive a C.R. England truck while a CDL holder is in the truck, but not necessarily in the front seat, effectively allowing a team operation.

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