Regulations

Driver to Speaker of the House: ‘Be a politician for the people’

Driver Steven Brown makes an economic argument against speed limiters in his letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, calling the DOT's proposed mandate "just another way to tax the working class."

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Hours reform left out of Senate bill, 34-hour restart future still uncertain

Reports indicated lawmakers would use the bill to fix a “legislative glitch” initiated last December that could remove the 34-hour restart from hours-of-service regulations, meaning truckers could not use a restart if they wanted. But the Senate bill, made public Thursday, includes no such fix.

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FMCSA to allow pre-CDL truckers at CRST to drive in team operations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in its Federal Register notice that a learner’s permit holder with documentation that he or she passed the CDL skills test can drive a truck for CRST without a CDL holder in the front seat.

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FMCSA updates regs for windshield-mounted safety devices

The devices covered in the amendment must be mounted no more than four inches below the upper edge or seven inches above the lower edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and must also be outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals.

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‘Way too much way too fast’: Truckers weigh in early on proposed speed limiter rule, other regs

Truckers responding to the DOT's proposed speed limiter mandate weighed in mostly against the rule, but some commenters came down in favor for a variety of speeds -- and others highlighted the strain every new regulation puts on independent business.

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False-positive / -negative screens and sleep apnea

Screening criteria like the recently discussed procedures are set so broadly to refer individuals for testing that to a lot of observers it looks like a gold mine for false-positive-type situations -- at once, false negatives can occur, too, underscoring the importance of having a good doctor outside the medical certification proccess.

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POLL: What’s been your experience with apnea screening, testing and treatment?

This poll probes incidence of false-positives and/or -negatives among those who've been screened for sleep apnea testing during DOT physicals. Which of these scenarios best describes your experience?

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Five states waive hours regs for fuel haulers due to pipeline spill

These five states have suspended hours of service rules for fuel transporters in light of a pipeline leak that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline.

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U.S. DOT initiates regulatory framework for autonomous trucks

The proposed policy initiative comes as both traditional automotive makers and tech giants march increasingly closer to readying such technology for public use.

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Pushing the limit: In-depth look at the arguments for and against DOT’s truck speed limiter mandate

Proponents’ key point is that capping truck speeds will reduce the number of truck-involved crashes. Opponents of the rule argue the opposite regarding safety, saying that the resulting speed differential between trucks and other vehicles would put all drivers at greater risk. More on both arguments here...

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