Regulations

POLL: Should hair testing be allowed in lieu of urine-based drug tests?

With some larger carriers pushing the federal government to allow hair-sample testing as a substitute for required urine testing of drivers, what's your view on the practice? Should it be allowed, or not?

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Unclear how Trump’s freeze on regs, Obamacare relaxer will impact trucking

An FMCSA spokesperson said the impact of Trump's memo on pending regulations is “being assessed.” But regulations already made law, like the electronic logging device, are likely to be untouched.

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When enforcement is well necessary — a note from Rich Wilson

Wilson's letter follows news of a box-truck owner-operator shut down after a fatality crash. Also: Do owner-operator hotshot truckers (at 10,001-26,000 lbs.) need to join a random drug/alcohol testing consortium? Depends on the CDL status and desires ...

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Outgoing FMCSA boss salutes truckers

“I’m going to be telling every day to everyone I talk to. I appreciate everything do to make sure safe trucking moves the economy. I will never forget the work that they do and the importance that they have in this nation.”

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BridgeHaul app offers services, including logs, toward a shipper-exclusive freight marketplace

The latest start-up attempting to provide that "elusive holy grail" of a shipper-direct marketplace for freight to owner-operators is Los Angeles-based BridgeHaul, whose app likewise provides a smartphone-based logbook (ELD on the way), trip planner and more.

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Readers debate viability of pre-2000 model year approach to avoiding ELD mandate

At the center of the commentary, pushback on the notion that near-20-year-old equipment could be considered reliable enough to deliver suitable profitability. As one commenter noted, telling his story, an owner-operator might do well "to have two -- one to run, and one for a spare. And one for parts if you can store it.""

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Big carriers again push FMCSA to allow hair sample drug tests

Some of the country’s largest carriers have joined to file a request with the U.S. DOT to allow them to drug test drivers exclusively via hair sample, in lieu of the traditional and federally required urine sample test.

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FMCSA publishes, immediately suspends new online carrier registration system

With the publication and immediate suspension of the URS, existing carriers will need to continue to follow the same procedures and forms for registration updates as they do today. The agency intends to lift the suspension once the technology to implement the URS is complete, it says.

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GOP dominance could derail efforts to reform driver pay

Trucking industry lobbyists hope to leverage fresh Republican control in Washington, D.C., to pass the so-called Denham Amendment, which would prevent enforcement of state-level laws dictating truck drivers’ time and pay. Opponents say the measure would slam the door on driver pay reform efforts.

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The ELD mandate and the House Freedom Caucus

OOIDA urging members to engage caucus members on ELDs. And a question: What's your view of the ELD mandate today?

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