regulations

FMCSA to survey new CDL holders for long-awaited driver training rule

The agency announced this week its intentions to survey recently licensed truck operators as part of the data gathering process in producing an entry level driver training rule.

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Committee recommends doc questionnaire on prescription pain meds

Industry representatives worried that the questionnaire would put yet another stumbling block in the driver medical certification process; doctors argued it would help document their determination of whether a driver is fit to receive a medical card.

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Insurance increase rule, speed limiter rule running behind FMCSA’s projected schedule

File this under “no news can sometimes be news” — Two trucking-related federal rules in the works have missed projected schedules for their advancement through the rulemaking process.

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Full docket for FMCSA: Update on the next 12 months’ jam-packed regulatory schedule

Between now and the end of next summer, FMCSA projects it will publish at least five proposed or final rules to either change existing or add new regulations to the industry, according to a monthly Department of Transportation report.

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Agency action on increasing insurance will give truckers, public extra comment period

The upcoming rule to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance that carriers and brokers must carry will have an additional step that allows fleets and owner-operators another chance to offer formal comment on the rule.

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Rule to increase carrier liability insurance minimum coming as FMCSA sends rule to White House

A rule proposal to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have has been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget — the final stop before the rule is published.

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DOT, FMCSA sued for not producing driver training rule in last 20 years

A coalition of highway safety and labor advocates have brought a federal lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and FMCSA for not heeding Congressional requirements to produce an entry-level driver training rule.

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DOT: Proposed speed limiter rule coming in Feb., insurance increase next month

A federal regulation upping the amount of liability insurance carriers must have is still slated to be published as a proposed rule next month, while the department’s rule to require use of speed limiters on heavy trucks and its Safety Fitness Determination rule are now projected to be published as proposed rules in early 2015.

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Coercion rule comments: Hours still the problem, ‘coercion’ needs definition

Common themes of regulatory criticism popped up often in the public comments offered on DOT's proposed driver coercion prohibition rule, like the new pressures and restrictions caused by the agency’s 2013 hours-of-service rule and holding shippers, receivers and brokers accountable.

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Ontario court to hear challenge to speed limiter law

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has agreed to hear a challenge to province’s speed limiters law. The next step will be for the province’s highest court to schedule oral arguments before a three-judge panel.

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