regulations

33-foot doubles left out of 2016 spending bill

A provision to allow longer trucks that was included in an earlier version of the omnibus spending package was removed from the final version that was unveiled late Tuesday.

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Potential trucker sleep apnea rulemaking takes step forward

A data collection effort by the U.S. DOT intended to gauge how many truck operators have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has taken a step forward in the federal rulemaking process and could be published by year’s end.

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Trailer underride guard mandate proposed by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to require rear impact guards on the back of trailers.

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White House clears rule to set up new FMCSA system to score, target carriers

Few details are known about what the rule entails. According to the agency’s regulatory summary, it would give FMCSA a new system to “determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate.” It’s unclear whether recent Congressional action to remove CSA rankings from public view will impact the SFD rule, however.

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EPA fuel economy standards: Major trucking groups, truck manufacturers question rule’s stipulations, support its goals

Some say the proposed rules are too aggressive and will be difficult to meet with the given timeline. Others say the market will drive the industry to meeting these proposed regulations during a similar timeline if it saves truck drivers and trucking companies money as the EPA says it will.

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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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