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FMCSA unveils rule to prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers, brokers

A proposed rule prohibiting carriers, shippers, brokers and others from coercing drivers to drive beyond hours of service limits or other federal rules has been released by FMCSA, and the agency is taking public comment for 90 days.

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Agency to start process of hiking carrier insurance minimums with MCSAC meeting

An FMCSA committee will meet this month to begin work on the agency's plan to raise the minimum amount of liability insurance required by carriers.

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Driver coercion rule clears White House, set for publication

FMCSA's so-called Prohibition of Coercion rule has cleared the next hurdle in the rulemaking process, as the White House's Office of Management and Budget has given the regulation its stamp of approval.

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FMCSA: Current insurance minimums for carriers ‘inadequate,’ new rule coming

The current $750,000 minimum liability insurance required to be held by carriers is too low, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, and the agency plans to create a rule upping that minimum.

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POLL: Should truck size/weight limits be changed?

With federal attention to tractor-trailer size and weight and some groups lobbying for increases, tell us what you think in general and specific terms about where weight needs to go -- or remain -- in this poll and comments section.

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DOT to give truck size and weight increase update on May 6

FHWA will be holding an open-to-the-public webinar May 6 to provide an update on the MAP-21 required study on truck size and weight limits.

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Size and weight increases: Groups fight legislation in Washington, report finds negative impacts

Several trucking groups took to Washington, D.C., this week to note their opposition to any increases to truck size and weight limits. A recent study, too, points to potential negative safety effects of bigger and heavier trucks.

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NTSB pushing for blind spot systems, trailer guards, better data collection

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends regulations be put in place to require new trucks to be equipped with systems to boost blind spot awareness and side and rear underride guards and to require that better data be collected on trailers involved in crashes.

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MATS New Entrant listening session yields new ideas

Among voluminous thoughts on New Entrant testing, responding to commentary from owner-operator Michael Potwin Anne Ferro revealed that the agency's plan to downgrade adjudicated citations' violation weight in the CSA system could be in place as early as this summer.

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URS: FMCSA begins deactivating carrier authorities with update-enforcement provision

Part of the rationale for the system is a clean-up of FMCSA data – the agency has begun deactivating motor carrier authorities that are not being actively updated by set deadlines, depending on the motor carrier.

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