regulations

Truck operator fired for refusing to drive amid HOS concerns could get $275k from carrier

NFI fired the driver in 2012, a day after he refused to deliver a load to its original destination. OSHA says severe weather, flooded roads, traffic and crashes caused the trip to take much longer than anticipated. Per OSHA, the driver “believed he lacked sufficient time to complete the deliver and return home without violating" hours regs.

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TrailerTail manufacturer asks DOT for mounting exemption

Stemco is seeking an exemption from federal regulations to move certain lights on van trailers lower to allow its TrailerTails to maximize their aerodynamic effect.

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New rule to cut truck emissions, implement fuel economy minimums moves to White House

The standards will begin taking effect for trailers in 2018. Tractor requirements take effect in 2021. The plan goes through 2027, when the entire vehicle ­­– engine, truck and trailer – will be required to meet the standards.

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DOT issues rule to require truck passengers to wear seat belts, hold truckers accountable

The agency's rule will “hold motor carriers and drivers responsible” for making sure passengers in their trucks wear seat belts, the agency says. The rule will take effect Aug. 8.

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FMCSA extends comment period for potential sleep apnea rulemaking

Commenters looking to weigh in on the effects a potential sleep apnea rule would have on truck drivers and the trucking industry now have an extra month to do so.

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House committee advances bill with trucking reforms on hours of service, pending owner-op rating rule

The House’s Appropriations Committee has sent to the full House a Department of Transportation funding package that would permanently restore 2011 regulations pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart. The bill also would halt the DOT’s work on its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking and would prevent states from enforcing any state-enacted laws governing truckers’ breaks and pay.

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DOT advances rule to build database of truckers who have failed drug tests

FMCSA says the rule is intended to make sure drivers who have tested positive or refused a test have completed the DOT’s return-to-duty process before driving commercially again, and to make sure employers are meeting their drug and alcohol testing responsibilities.

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OOIDA requests comment period extension on sleep apnea rule

OOIDA has asked the agencies to extend the deadline 60 days from its current May 23 deadline, as a comprehensive study is set to be published in the coming days related to sleep apnea's costs to the industry.

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Proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule comment period closes May 23

The SFD rule would replace the current three-tier federal rating system of “Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory” for carriers with a single determination of “Unfit,” which would require the carrier to either improve its operations or shut down.

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Lost time, money focal point for drivers during second FMCSA sleep apnea listening session

Costs, both time and money, were big topics of conversation during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Federal Railroad administrations’ “fact-finding” listening session on sleep apnea/operator safety Tuesday, May 17.

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