Regulations

An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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Your health — ripe for biomonitoring and telematics

In the not-so-distant future, your truck and its associated systems will be able to read your vital signs and alert you and others to an impending health breakdown. This data could be synced to your truck’s communications system, which could automatically send select health data to your fleet, your insurance provider or FMCSA.

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FMCSA looking for owner-operator comments on potential carrier incentive program

The FMCSA is required by the December-passed FAST Act highway bill to implement the program within 18 months of the bill being enacted.

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Missouri seeks second exemption to help military vets into trucking

The exemption would effectively give military truck drivers credit for their military training and expertise.

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Data — The unseen hand steering your career

As fleet owners continue to find more ways to turn their drivers and prospective drivers into sets of data, they are moving recruitment, retention and safety management closer to science than art. This expanding harvest of data and the eagerness of predictive analytics vendors to help fleets make better use of it are reshaping how the industry relates to drivers.

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Flexible split sleeper berth exemption extended 4 more years

Private carrier McKee Foods has been granted an extension to its 2015-granted waiver, which allows its drivers to divide their 10 required sleeper berth hours into 5/5, 6/4 or 3/7 splits. FMCSA's own commissioned research has shown split sleep has little to no bearing on truck driver fatigue or safety. Truckers, however, still must abide by the rigid 14-hour rule.

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Wired, watched and weeded out: How constant monitoring by fleets, regulators will shape tomorrow’s driving force

In this special series, built on months of reporting by Overdrive editors, an in-depth exploration on the acceleration of driver monitoring systems, biometric health readings, the availability of massive data sets on truckers and how it all gives way to constant monitoring by fleets -- and regulators -- of truckers, their habits and their fitness to operate.

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Teamsters, safety groups to Congress: Don’t touch hours of service

Two key trucking items likely to see action in the appropriations process include a fix to the hours of service legislative screw-up from Congress’ 2016 DOT appropriations law and the revival of the so-called “federal authority” provisions floated in recent transportation-related bills.

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DOT further delays speed limiter, drug/alcohol clearinghouse rules

The projected publication dates of two looming trucking regulations have been delayed again, according to the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update.

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Who’s OOIDA given to so far this election season?

Data pulled for the period between Jan. 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, shows no contributions to presidential candidates. It does show broad support for candidates with a record of backing policies also supported by OOIDA.

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