regulations

FMCSA proposes rule to change protocol for truckers with diabetes

Under the current regulations, a driver with diabetes may not operate in interstate commerce unless he or she obtains an exemption from FMCSA, which must be renewed at least every two years. The new rule would allow diabetic truckers to operate without an exemption, so long as they meet certain criteria.

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ATRI wants truckers to weigh in on medical certification process

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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The funding for safety groups, the salaries of their chiefs

Funding levels in some recent years for Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH), somewhat-related group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and others among the "safety advocacy" community -- trucking's loudest critics.

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MCSAC policy panel’s long shift toward safety advocates

How it happened: When the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee began meeting in 2007, it had four members with direct involvement in trucking. Today, there are three direct trucking members. Over the same period, representatives of safety-advocacy groups more than doubled from two to five.

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The biggest little voice in trucking

How self-styled safety-advocacy groups won over the federal government, and some trucking interests themselves, to influence trucking regulation.

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Group questions DOT on hazmat regs pertaining to Calif. meal, rest breaks

The National Tank Truck Carriers says California's meal and rest break requirements weren't made with hazmat haulers or federal hours-of-service regulations in mind.

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Final version of entry-level driver training rule moves closer to 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. It also required at least 30 hours behind the wheel before a CDL could be issued.

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Comment now on DOT speed limiter mandate

The DOT is seeking public comment on the rule for 60 days, until Nov. 7. Click here to comment.

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FMCSA looking to begin interstate pilot program for under-21, military-trained drivers

The pilot program will allow a limited number of military-trained drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, which is not currently allowed by federal regulations.

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Hours rules suspended for emergency, relief load haulers in Louisiana due to flooding

Certain federal safety regulations have been temporarily suspended for certain truck drivers through the duration of Louisiana's state of emergency.

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