regulations

DOT allows another major fleet to let pre-CDL operators drive team

FMCSA says opposition stated the CLP holders who had passed the CDL skills test were too inexperienced and are safer with CDL holders in the front seat. The agency argues that had the drivers been in their home state when they passed the skills test, they would have already obtained a CDL, and could drive on their own with no one in the truck with them.

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FDA launches training module for new food hauling regs

Individuals who complete the online training module will be able to obtain a certificate of completion from the website. Carriers are also required to maintain records documenting training to be presented to FDA upon request.

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DOT looking to expand auto hauler definition, seeks public comment

The Federal Highway Administration is considering expanding the definition of auto haulers to include high-mount tractor-trailers that are not able to haul vehicles on the tractor itself. These trucks would then fall under traditional auto hauler length restrictions.

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Group seeks 30-minute rest break exemption for certain fuel haulers

The group is asking FMCSA to allow the drivers to not observe the 30-minute break, as long as those 30 minutes are spent attending the load.

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FMCSA floats plan to reduce carrier registration fees for 2018, 2019

The reduction, FMCSA says, will range from approximately $7 to $6,700 per entity in 2018, and from approximately $3 to $3,400 in 2019, depending on the number of vehicles owned by the affected carriers.

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YRC becomes second mega-fleet to request exemption from certain ELD mandate provisions

The nation's fifth-largest fleet is asking FMCSA to allow it to phase in new trucks with AOBRDs after the cutoff date of Dec. 18, 2017, to replace trucks that had AOBRDs. The exemption request also seeks a reprieve to allow drivers to record their duty statuses differently in certain situations than the mandate allows.

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OOIDA petitions FMCSA to withhold federal funding from 20 states for enforcement, including ELDs

The petition singles out 26 states that haven't as yet adopted the ELD mandate, while 20 of those are out of compliance with fed regs adoption rules in general, OOIDA says. The MCSAP program granted more than $65 million in funding to those 20 states last year.

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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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