Analyst Donald Broughton on what's happening behind a trend that is running against the usual for trucking bankruptcies: FMCSA's pressure on company over hours of service noncompliance.
In an attempt to satisfy requirements of the current MAP-21 highway funding law, FMCSA says it is checking the feasibility of producing a required entry-level driver training rule as a “negotiated rulemaking,” or “reg neg.”
Haven't we been here before? With some industry organizations calling for a national 65-mph speed limit and governing of Class 7 and 8 trucks to similar limits, readers weigh in.
Two drivers and a foreman for the Pontiac, Mich.-based Asphalt Specialists have been awarded $953,916 in back wages and damages after the Department of Transportation deemed they were wrongfully terminated for refusing to drive beyond federal hours of service limits.
The administrator's responses to a variety of questions the morning of Aug. 14 suggested that, among her main hopes for the future of the industry, improved driver compensation ranks certainly at or near the top.
A rule to require the use of speed limiters on trucks and a rule increasing the minimum insurance requirements for carriers both were sent to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation last week. Both proposed rules are expected to be published this year.
An EPA ruling clears CARB to enforce aero add-on requirements on 2011-2013 year-model tractors with integrated sleepers, in addition to the trailer requirement reported earlier this week.
CARB has been granted permission by the federal government to enforce its requirement that trailers in the state be equipped with certain EPA-verified aerodynamic equipment.
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