regulations

DOT floats plan to require truck passengers to wear seatbelts

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to require passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles to use seat belts on public roads.

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‘Coercion’ definition, stiffer penalties key changes in FMCSA’s coercion rule work

The exact definition FMCSA is using to define driver coercion and what led it to the definition and to the higher fines associated with such violations.

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FMCSA denies request by trucking company to use cameras instead of mirrors on trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied an exemption request from Atwood Forest Products to allow the company to install camera systems at the sides and rear of its 15 trucks in place of rear-view mirrors.

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FMCSA renews windshield placement exemption for lane-departure, camera systems

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has renewed an exemption that allows carriers to mount lane departure warning systems and collision mitigation cameras lower on the windshield of a truck.

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Trucker medical certification changes begin this month

A few changes are coming to driver medical exams later this month, again stemming from the agency's expansive National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule that went into effect last year.

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FMCSA’s driver coercion rule published, blocks carriers, shippers from threatening drivers with loss of pay

The rule will take effect Jan. 29. It puts in place fines of up to $16,000 for carriers, shippers, receivers and brokers who pressure truckers to operate in violation of federal safety rules, such as hours-of-service regs.

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Oregon looking to give one-year commercial learner’s permits

The Oregon Department of Transportation has requested an exemption from a portion of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s commercial learner’s permit requirement.

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Regulatory update: E-log rule still expected this year, driver coercion nears publication

Still slated for this year: Rules to mandate e-logs and speed limiters, a driver training rule and an extension to the CSA program.

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FMCSA’s entry-level driver training rule moves a step closer to publication

The rule likely will require at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training time, establish a registry of driver training providers and establish certified curricula for CDL applicants.

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Teamsters speak out against 33-foot doubles

The Teamsters Union voiced its opposition Wednesday to extending the length of tractor-trailers nationwide, citing a detriment to highway safety with bigger trucks.

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