Regulations

Tomorrow’s Trucker: How a rapidly evolving trucking industry is reinventing the owner-operator

In this special series, built on months of reporting by Overdrive editors, we take a realistic look at what truck operators can expect from their livelihood in the coming decades, including a look at the evolution of the business model, likely regulatory reform, the daily tasks of tomorrow's trucker and shifts in the trucker pay model.

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Amid ‘fatigued driver’ out-of-service discussions, panel releases report on research into fatigue measurement

The 392.3 "ill/fatigued operator" regulation has come under fire from truckers and inspectors in recent years due to lack of objective standards for its enforcement. A new report from the National Academies in some ways underscores the criticism while charting a course for FMCSA on fatigue research.

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34-hour restart fix left out of FAA extension bill

Hopes that Congress would undo a provision passed in December that could kill the 34-hour restart entirely came up empty when the House's Transportation Committee unveiled the aviation-focused legislation Thursday.

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Sleep apnea ‘pre-rule’ officially published, comment period for owner-operators opens

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comment on the rule about the costs and benefits of requiring drivers with obstructive sleep apnea to undergo evaluation and treatment by a doctor.

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Senate FAA bill skips language on state regulation of truckers’ hours, pay reform

The Senate’s Commerce Committee late Wednesday unveiled its version of a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that, unlike its counterpart in the House, does not include trucking-specific language on state regulation of truck drivers’ hours of service and pay.

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Another coalition of trucking groups calls on Congress to stop FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule from proceeding

The groups said their major concern is that the Safety Fitness rule "utilizes flawed CSA/Safety Measurement System data and scores,” which Congress directed FMCSA to fix in the FAST Act highway bill passed in December.

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FMCSA announces sleep apnea ‘pre-rule,’ wants feedback from carriers, drivers on apnea prevalance

The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calls the request for feedback the “first step” in a potential sleep apnea rule for the trucking industry. Here are the topics the agency wants input on from trucking industry stakeholders.

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FMCSA updates definition of ‘high risk’ carrier, changes intervention priorities

The new definition will include fewer carriers. But those carriers, once the change is in place, will be at a higher crash risk than the carriers currently deemed high risk, says FMCSA. Here's how FMCSA will now define "high risk carriers" ...

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Big-Bore Engines Making Big Comeback. Don’t Compromise.

uDrove updates pricing, plans for ELD

Says Truckstop.com's Thayne Boren, general manager for the company's mobile services, "We've gotten more aggressive in our pricing" -- meaning it's gone down considerably. Greater integration with other Truckstop.com services is coming.

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Carrier ‘absolute measure’ scores return to five CSA categories

Each carrier's CSA SMS profile now includes in its public view each carrier's "absolute measure" score in five of the seven BASIC categories of analysis.

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