Driver database rule made official: FMCSA unveils rule to implement drug/alcohol clearinghouse

| February 12, 2014

A proposed rule establishing a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test will soon be published, FMCSA announced Feb. 12. The rule would require carriers to upload positive drug test results and query the database annually and when making new hires.

FLSA reform, parking, detention: MCSAC prioritizes reauthorization recommendations

| February 11, 2014

Reforming employee-driver compensation by removing the FLSA overtime exemption was among top recommendations, likewise expanding truck-parking availability, sleep apnea, further New Entrant attention and more.

Economy’s relationship to crash figures and FMCSA’s debated effectiveness in reducing them

| February 11, 2014

FMCSA says it conducted 3.5 million roadside inspections leading to 16,000 estimated prevented crashes. However, crash numbers have steadily risen since 2009, in spite of the efforts of the agency and its CSA program.

FDA wants stricter standards for some reefer haulers

| February 11, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published Feb. 5 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will require some food haulers to take extra measures when transporting food with the greatest risk for contamination.

Diesel spikes nationwide, jumps 10 cents in three weeks to highest point since September

| February 10, 2014

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel jumped again in the week ended Feb. 10, rising 2.6 cents to $3.977. The price of diesel has now risen 10.4 cents in the last three weeks and has hit its highest point since the week ended Sept. 9's $3.981.

Regs review, CSA, driver pay highlight potential highway-bill action items discussed at MCSAC Day 1

| February 10, 2014

What would you tell the FMCSA to focus on in terms of priority issues for the next highway reauthorization? Find here what FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's diverse membership thinks.

E-log mandate rule projected to come this month, driver database rule this week

| February 10, 2014

In its monthly update on significant rulemakings, the DOT has again revised the projected date of publication for a rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices, backing it up this time to Feb. 27. The drug and alcohol clearinghouse is projected to be published Friday, Feb. 14.

21,000 Peterbilt, Kenworth trucks recalled due to potential door latch, seat belt defects

| February 10, 2014

Paccar, parent company of Peterbilt and Kenworth, has issued two recalls for more than 21,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt model trucks for potential defects related to the door latch assembly on some trucks and the seat belt assembly on others.

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