Regulations

North Carolina enforcement: Where officer discretion can help

Professionalism at roadside can go a long way in influencing enforcement actions in North Carolina. The highway patrol there isn't, by and large, "looking to jam up guys who are decent,” operators note. More in this CSA's Data Trail profile of the state, by the numbers.

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NTSB: More stringent drug screening needed for truck operators

NTSB found in its investigation of a fatal 2015 crash that the trucker at fault had illegally used methamphetamine before the crash occurred. The drug use should have been detected in a pre-employment screening, NTSB says.

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ATA calls speed limiter mandate proposal flawed, says it won’t support rule as published

The American Trucking Associations Oct. 6 released a statement saying it does not support the recent speed limiter mandate proposal issued by the U.S. DOT. The trucking lobbyist’s stance comes despite its request to the DOT for such a rule, pointing to the DOT's lack of a fully formed proposal as reason why.

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Comment period opens for proposed CSA changes, FMCSA hosting Q&A sessions

the main changes available for preview include lowering intervention thresholds for some SMS categories, raising the threshold in one BASIC and making the Hazmat BASIC public. The agency also has proposed upping the minimum number of crashes needed before registering a Crash Indicator BASIC ranking.

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Report: Speed limiter usage already prevalent among large fleets

More than 85 percent of fleet respondents in a recent survey their fleet’s trucks are equipped with speed limiters, according to a survey performed this year by the American Transportation Research Institute.

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DOT wants zero traffic deaths within next 30 years, announces ‘Road to Zero’ coalition

Road to Zero partners hope to accelerate the development of advanced vehicle technologies, the DOT says, along with addressing infrastructure challenges of both today and the coming decades.

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Owner-ops can preview altered CSA scores based on FMCSA’s proposed changes

Changes to intervention thresholds, BASIC ratings, crash figures and more are on deck, FMCSA says, and carriers can preview the changes to their own SMS ratings here...

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ELD mandate supplants hours of service as trucking’s top concern, survey shows

The complete results of the annual survey, which generated more than 3,200 responses from motor carriers and commercial drivers, were released today. The electronic logging device mandate scheduled to take effect next December is now the most concerning issue in trucking, survey respondents said, pushing hours to the No. 2 spot.

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Food hauler asks FMCSA to allow counting unloading time as 30-minute break

Transco Inc. recently applied for an exemption asking for drivers in its grocery and other food-related divisions to be exempt from the 30-minute rest break requirement.

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34-hour restart clarification misses another funding bill

Congress passed Wednesday a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 9. Though the stopgap spending law wards off a government shutdown, the bill did not include a provision to clarify the future of hours of service rules pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart.

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