regulations

FMCSA establishes training standards, curriculum for new truck operators

New training standards for entry-level truck operators have been finalized by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will become requirements on February 7, 2020. In addition to a required core classroom curriculum, the rule establishes a registry of FMCSA-approved trainers.

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‘Driver mode’ proposed by NHTSA to lock certain cell phone features while driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a set of proposed guidelines to help cut down on distracted driving, including device pairing and asking cell phone manufacturers to develop a “driver mode” that blocks many of a phone’s functions.

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Driver drug and alcohol test database to be required check for carriers by 2020

Set to publish Monday, a final rule establishing the Clearinghouse database will require carriers to search the database during the pre-employment process and for current employees -- at least once a year in the latter case.

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FMCSA to allow truckers to use V.A. docs for medical certification

After completing FMCSA-administered training and testing, Veterans Affairs doctors would be listed in the National Registry. Military veteran truckers enrolled in the V.A. health care system would then be allowed to see approved V.A. docs to undergo their medical exam.

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Drug testing database, driver training standards set to publish this week, DOT says

The DOT is projecting final rules for the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and the Entry-Level Driver Training standards to be published this week.

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Hours exemption for certain hazmat haulers extended

The exemption from the 30-minute rest break rule is limited to drivers transporting hazmat loads that have filed security plans requiring the drivers to constantly "attend" to the cargo.

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Driver training rule set for 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.

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Rule to build database of truckers who have failed drug tests set for publication

The CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse final rule, which would establish a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test, will soon be published after the rule cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Monday, Oct. 31.

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FMCSA gives states option to waive portion of CDL test for certain military truck drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued the two-year exemption that will go into effect Oct. 27 after the Missouri Department of Revenue requested the exemption earlier this year. The exemption effectively gives military truck drivers credit for their military training.

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Concrete haulers group seeks exemption from 30-minute break regs

The American Concrete Pumping Association’s exemption request would apply across the concrete pumping industry to all concrete pump operators, concrete pumping companies and drivers who deliver, set up and operate concrete pumps across the U.S.

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