Regulations

Senator: FMCSA should vet driver records to help prevent ‘chameleon’ carriers

Sen. Schumer says the agency needs to review driver safety records when a carrier applies for authority. FMCSA spokesperson Marissa Padilla says the agency has “taken aggressive steps” in recent years to better vet new entrant carriers and upped fines for carriers who do reincarnate.

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Driver sleep apnea screening: FMCSA to issue clarification to medical examiners

Medical examiners in FMCSA’s registry will soon be receiving a bulletin from the agency to clarify current federal rules — or lack thereof — regarding screening and testing drivers for sleep apnea.

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Major carrier wants exemption from driver training rules requiring front-seat CDL holder

Reefer giant C.R. England wants FMCSA to exempt it from the rule requiring commercial learner’s permit holders to be accompanied in the front seat by CDL holders after passing skills test/before receiving CDL.

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FMCSA’s liability insurance questions: Before rulemaking, agency asks trucking about premiums, adequacy of coverage, self-insurance and more

Carriers have until Feb. 26 to offer their formal input on FMCSA's request for input on a potential liability insurance increase. Here are some of the topics and questions the agency is seeking trucking’s input on.

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FMCSA publishes official notice of insurance increase consideration, looking for industry input

FMCSA announced Nov. 26 it is seeking trucking industry input on a potential rulemaking that would increase the $750,000 minimum amount of liability insurance motor carriers must have.

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Some readers show favor for the public visibility of CSA’s carrier scores

And what about drivers' information? some readers ask as broad swathes of trucking industry representatives call for hiding carrier CSA scores.

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Group seeks exemption from 30-minute break rule for oversize/overweight load haulers

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association has asked FMCSA to grant drivers carrying loads that are oversize or overweight an exemption to the the 30-minute break requirement of the 2013 hours of service rule.

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CVSA joins industry in call for CSA SMS scores to be removed from public view

In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx dated Nov. 14, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance echoed industry calls for CSA's SMS scores to be removed from public view.

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Are All-Makes Parts Right For You?

ELDs vs. harassment: Carrier groups purport benefits for drivers, OOIDA questions FMCSA study

Upon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent conclusion that use of electronic logging devices contributes little to harassment of drivers by carriers, at least one industry group has called the agency’s methodology suspect, while others say — FMCSA’s study aside — ELDs can actually help drivers battle harassment issues. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said in a statement about the agency’s report that it disagrees with FMCSA’s conclusion that harassment via ELDs is “a negligible ...

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Another group of household goods haulers applies for special-cases extension of 14-hour window

A trade group representing household goods carriers has applied for an exemption to certain provisions of federal hours of service regulations, citing the need for drivers to be able to return to a safe and appropriate place to park following deliveries.

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