regulations

DOT: Entry-level Driver Training rule takes a step forward, Safety Fitness Determination coming this month

A federal rule proposal to implement minimum driver training and certification standards has moved a step closer to publication, according to a report published by the U.S. DOT last week.

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Watch out for ‘robust regulatory agenda’ in Pres. Obama’s last 16 months

Though many of the regulations have been in the works before President Obama took office in January 2009, pressure is on to get new rules published before he leaves office, she said.

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Congress could take action on CSA scores, hours of service, driver drug testing and more in fall session

Congress could finish work to remove CSA percentile rankings from public view, continue the hours regs suspension, change driver drug testing, allow 18-year-old CDL holders to cross state lines, put in place a new FMCSA administrator and more this fall.

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Speed limiter mandate: White House extends review period, pushing back publication date

The OMB, which must stamp approval on rules prior to their publication, has added a note to the status of the so-dubbed Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiter rule that says “review extended,” a change made Sept. 1.

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Societal benefits of speed limiters outweigh trucker safety, Canadian court rules

“The public benefits associated with improved highway safety exceed the detrimental effects on the truck drivers," a Canadian judge wrote in the court's majority opinion.

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Some hazmat haulers granted exemption from 30-minute break

The American Trucking Associations was granted an exemption request it made in May that would grant haulers of hazardous materials an exemption from the mandated 30-minute break.

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Mail haulers requesting exemption from 14-hour limit

The National Star Route Mail Contractors Association, whose members transport mail under contract for the United States Postal Service, has requested an exemption of the 14-hour on-duty limit.

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OOIDA campaigning against speed limiter rule with online petition

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has posted an online petition against the DOT's upcoming rule to mandate use of speed limiters on heavy trucks.

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TowMate requests exemption for motor carriers to use wireless, rechargeable tow lights

TowMate has requested an exemption to allow carriers to use rechargeable, wireless tow lights to be used in emergency towing situations.

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Fleet again ordered to pay $20k to a driver who was sick, refused to drive

A trucking company has been ordered by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to pay $20,000 in punitive damages and $354 to a driver after suspending the driver for refusing to drive for feeling ill.

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