regulations

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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Compliance date for online carrier registration system delayed by FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration re-issued Oct. 20 its Unified Registration System rule to delay the compliance dates set in the original 2013-issued rule, citing technical delays in implementing the system as its reason.

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FMCSA initiates potential sleep apnea rulemaking, report shows; e-log, speed limiters still in queue

FMCSa has started work on a potential rule that would set up screening and treatment requirements for drivers who by definition are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

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FMCSA looking to make minor changes in language of federal inspection regs

The FMCSA has proposed amendments to several provisions in the FMCSRs after petition requests from CVSA and ATA, and recommendations from the NTSB.

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Mail contractor group’s 14-hour exemption request under fire from postal workers union

The American Postal Workers Union, which represents U.S. Postal Service employees, said Thursday it’s opposed to an exemption request submitted recently by private, contracted mail carriers seeking an exemption from the federal 14-hour on-duty limit.

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Proposed rule to require underride guards gets comment period extended

NHTSA has announced it will reopen the comment period for a rulemaking notice that will, if made final, require single-unit trucks to be equipped with rear impact guards and reflective tape on the rear and sides of the trucks to improve their visibility.

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