regulations

Minimum driver training standards rule set to publish next month, DOT says

A DOT rule to implement a core curriculum for initial trucker training and require 30 hours behind the wheel before being issued a CDL is set to publish next month, as is a separate rule to establish a database of truckers who've failed or refused a drug test.

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New ATA boss says he intends to be more aggressive on lobbying front

The new president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has signaled he intends for the group to take a more aggressive stance against trucking regulations and anti-truck safety groups as head of the trucking lobbying firm.

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Truckers asked to participate in ATRI survey on medical examiners

ATRI asks drivers in the survey about information regarding average length of haul, time with a CDL, any chronic conditions diagnosed by a physician or clinic, where the driver obtained his or her medical certificate and more about the medical exam process.

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FMCSA advisory boards will meet this month to discuss sleep apnea screening rule

Two separate FMCSA advisory boards will meet separately and jointly Oct. 24 to focus on recommendations for a rule to require sleep apnea screening and treatment for at-risk drivers.

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FMCSA eases requirements for military vets looking to obtain CDL

Military personnel who drove commercial vehicles in the service looking to transition into the trucking industry will now have a full year to apply for a skills test waiver instead of just 90 days after they leave the service. Additionally, the rule allows states to accept applications from active-duty military members that are stationed in that state.

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Hours, size/weight reg suspensions now in effect in six states after hurricane landfall

Virginia and Kentucky have joined Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina in temporarily suspending certain trucking regulations in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew's weekend landfall.

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Food hauler asks FMCSA to allow counting unloading time as 30-minute break

Transco Inc. recently applied for an exemption asking for drivers in its grocery and other food-related divisions to be exempt from the 30-minute rest break requirement.

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OOIDA, other trucking orgs mostly on board with pilot program for under-21 truckers

Several trucking and safety organizations submitted comments to the docket, with trucking organizations generally on board with the proposal and safety organizations generally opposed to it.

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Steel company’s on-site drivers receive exemption from 14-hour rule

An Indiana steel manufacturing company has been granted two exemptions for its drivers who transport steel coils from one part of its plant to another for shipments and for the equipment the company uses to transport the coils.

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FMCSA to allow pre-CDL truckers at CRST to drive in team operations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in its Federal Register notice that a learner’s permit holder with documentation that he or she passed the CDL skills test can drive a truck for CRST without a CDL holder in the front seat.

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