Regulations

False-positive / -negative screens and sleep apnea

Screening criteria like the recently discussed procedures are set so broadly to refer individuals for testing that to a lot of observers it looks like a gold mine for false-positive-type situations -- at once, false negatives can occur, too, underscoring the importance of having a good doctor outside the medical certification proccess.

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POLL: What’s been your experience with apnea screening, testing and treatment?

This poll probes incidence of false-positives and/or -negatives among those who've been screened for sleep apnea testing during DOT physicals. Which of these scenarios best describes your experience?

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Five states waive hours regs for fuel haulers due to pipeline spill

These five states have suspended hours of service rules for fuel transporters in light of a pipeline leak that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline.

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U.S. DOT initiates regulatory framework for autonomous trucks

The proposed policy initiative comes as both traditional automotive makers and tech giants march increasingly closer to readying such technology for public use.

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Pushing the limit: In-depth look at the arguments for and against DOT’s truck speed limiter mandate

Proponents’ key point is that capping truck speeds will reduce the number of truck-involved crashes. Opponents of the rule argue the opposite regarding safety, saying that the resulting speed differential between trucks and other vehicles would put all drivers at greater risk. More on both arguments here...

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Foley partners with KeepTruckin for e-logs

The Foley company, a provider of compliance services for the transportation industry, has partnered with California-based KeepTruckin to bring together "the key competencies of two industry leaders in transportation compliance," Foley CEO Joel Sitak says. "With our compliance expertise and their technology, we're now able to provide our customers with some of the most robust, affordable and easy-to-use programs on the market today." KeepTruckin is the company behind the hours logging app and electronic logging device of ...

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CDL drug/alcohol clearinghouse rule expected this month, driver training rule in November

A Final Rule to establish a CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is set to be published Sept. 26, while the rule to set up minimum driver training standards for truckers is set for a Nov. 7 publication.

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Rates could see a big boost in 2017 and 2018, forecasters say

The combination of major trucking regulations like the DOT’s electronic logging device mandate and the EPA’s coming emissions standards, increasing fuel costs and a boost in manufacturing will likely lead to an industry capacity crunch and a big increase in rates, said forecasters this week.

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FMCSA proposes rule to change protocol for truckers with diabetes

Under the current regulations, a driver with diabetes may not operate in interstate commerce unless he or she obtains an exemption from FMCSA, which must be renewed at least every two years. The new rule would allow diabetic truckers to operate without an exemption, so long as they meet certain criteria.

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Trucking attorney: Court appears likely to side with FMCSA in ELD court challenge

"The panel was very suspect of the arguments that OOIDA was making and seemed to be much more in favor of the attorneys of the agency,” said transportation attorney Tim Wiseman of the Sept. 13-held oral arguments made in the ELD court challenge.

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