regulations

Next phase of unified carrier registration process starts Sept. 30

URS will be the sole source of registration data for FMCSA staff and motor carriers, as well as for state licensing and roadside safety enforcement personnel.

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The latest on speed limiters: Senate wants DOT to act now

Proponents of a speed limiter mandate, like some trucking lobbyists and so-called safety advocacy groups, appear tired of the DOT dragging its feet in getting the proposed rule published and have asked Congress to intervene.

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FMCSA holding listening sessions on truck driver sleep apnea prevalence, industry impact

The listening sessions are part of a continued effort by FMCSA to gather input on a potential sleep apnea rule. The agency wants feedback on the prevalance of obstructive sleep apnea among truck drivers and its potential consequences on the industry, along with what a sleep apnea rule may cost the industry to implement and comply with.

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DOT’s study on truck size and weight contains little fresh news

An extensive federal study of heavier and larger trucks says greater analysis and fewer data limitations are necessary to gauge impact on the transportation system. The federally mandated research echoed the study’s technical reports, released last June by the DOT.

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Missouri seeks second exemption to help military vets into trucking

The exemption would effectively give military truck drivers credit for their military training and expertise.

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DOT further delays speed limiter, drug/alcohol clearinghouse rules

The projected publication dates of two looming trucking regulations have been delayed again, according to the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update.

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New medical exam forms required beginning April 20

Medical examiners performing physical exams on truck drivers will be required to use the revised versions of the Medical Examination Report Form and the Medical Examiner's Certificate Form beginning April 20.

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Missouri seeking to extend skills test waiver for military veterans

FMCSA says since the issues in the request could be applicable in all states, it is seeking public comment on whether the exemption, if granted, should cover all state licensing agencies.

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FDA to implement new sanitation regs for food haulers, likely excludes many owner-operators

The federal government’s Food and Drug Administration released April 5 a Final Rule that sets new standards for food haulers. It includes a notable exception, however, that likely encompasses many single-truck operations.

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Truck operators to take on most of driver training rule costs, per FMCSA figures

Drivers themselves will bear the bulk of the rule’s costs, according to FMCSA’s calculations. The 30-day period for owner-operators and other industry stakeholders to file formal comments ends in a week.

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