Regulations

FMCSA denies inspectors’ request to rescind 30-minute break rule

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance filed a petition last year asking FMCSA to rescind the rule, saying it was difficult to enforce, allows greater opportunity for falsified duty logs and contributes little to on-highway safety. FMCSA, however, denied the petition, saying it disagrees with CVSA's assertions.

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POLL: If any, what top speed should the speed limiter rule require?

Last week's notice of proposed rulemaking on speed limiters from NHTSA/FMCSA looked at 60, 65 and 68 mph in its analysis, but requested comments on speeds from stakeholders. What's your view of where speed should be set, if at all? Weigh in here.

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Final version of entry-level driver training rule moves closer to publication

The proposed rule outlined classroom training that would require instruction on the basics of driving a truck, including instrument and control instruction, how to perform pre- and post-trip inspections, how to safely back to a dock, hours-of-service regulations and more. It also required at least 30 hours behind the wheel before a CDL could be issued.

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‘You don’t need to outrun the bear’: NASTC head Dave Owen’s case to small fleets for e-logs

NASTC's Dave Owen urges small fleets to use computer-assisted logs, "before they make you turn it into an ELD" by syncing with the engine, to do what they're designed to do as a "spellcheck for logs": solve the problem of form-and-manner mistakes represented in safety scores and stats.

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Operators have until Aug. 31 to order compliant Calif. reefer unit, state says

Purchase orders made before the end of the month for new replacement TRUs and TRU generator sets will help avoid penalties that could result from manufacturer or installer delays. Verified diesel particulate filter retrofits should be ordered by Oct. 31 to meet the Dec. 31 compliance deadline

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DOT proposes rule to govern truck speeds

The U.S. Department of Transportation Aug. 26 released a proposed rule that would require trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed limiting devices.

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ELDs: Owner-operators have some decisions to make

Considerations in just when and how to move to ELDs were in the foreground Thursday at GATS. More may find themselves obligated to make a change, even if OOIDA's ELD lawsuit is successful, in the end, as more shippers/brokers require ELD use.

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Recommendations would force at-risk truckers into sleep apnea screening/treatment

FMCSA's Medical Review Board’s preliminary recommendations, not yet final, would encourage requiring a trucker to be screened for sleep apnea if he or she: (1) has a body mass index of 40 or greater, or (2) has a body mass index of 33 or greater and meets other criteria.

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FMCSA looking to begin interstate pilot program for under-21, military-trained drivers

The pilot program will allow a limited number of military-trained drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, which is not currently allowed by federal regulations.

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Limiting the possibilities of life in general

“The speed limiters are coming! The speed limiters are coming!” Wendy's reasons why this is a bad idea.

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