Regulations

Recommendations would force at-risk truckers into sleep apnea screening/treatment

FMCSA's Medical Review Board’s preliminary recommendations, not yet final, would encourage requiring a trucker to be screened for sleep apnea if he or she: (1) has a body mass index of 40 or greater, or (2) has a body mass index of 33 or greater and meets other criteria.

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FMCSA looking to begin interstate pilot program for under-21, military-trained drivers

The pilot program will allow a limited number of military-trained drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, which is not currently allowed by federal regulations.

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Limiting the possibilities of life in general

“The speed limiters are coming! The speed limiters are coming!” Wendy's reasons why this is a bad idea.

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Hours rules suspended for emergency, relief load haulers in Louisiana due to flooding

Certain federal safety regulations have been temporarily suspended for certain truck drivers through the duration of Louisiana's state of emergency.

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Speed limiter rule projected to be published next week, per DOT report

Following its recent stamp of approval by the White House, the DOT's rule to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks is now expected to be published next Friday.

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OOIDA in latest legal filing: ELD mandate too costly, too intrusive

OOIDA again argues in its latest brief the rule violates truckers’ 4th Amendment protections against illegal search and seizures and does not meet Congress’ requirements for the rule. The group also argues the mandate still opens the door for truckers to be harassed by their employers via the devices and does not stand up to a cost benefit analysis.

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Republican, Democratic platforms mum on trucking but for infrastructure investment plans

The two major political parties in the U.S. said very little about trucking in their official 2016 platforms. The two also offer different paths forward for the country's transportation infrastructure. Details here...

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FMCSA grants logbook exemption to short-haul carrier

A Pennsylvania-based trucking company’s drivers have been granted an exemption from keeping a daily record of duty status.

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FMCSA medical board to make sleep apnea rule recommendations this month

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration later this month will take the next step toward a rulemaking governing the screening and treatment of truck drivers suspected of having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.

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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Don't take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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