Regulations

Trump budget: More tolls and private rest areas, less money for DOT

Trump's budget would open up existing Interstate lanes to tolling, allow private companies to operate rest areas and slash the DOT budget over the next five years.

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Shot in the arm for the ELD fight: Mr. Justice joins Mr. Reed, others with sights on D.C.

Trucker-songwriter Tony Justice taking active role in spurring unity around opposition to the ELD mandate -- meanwhile, Scott Reed, Justice and others have set their sights on the first couple weeks of October for potential demonstration in D.C.

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Trump regulatory freeze further delays driver training rule

A January-issued memo from President Trump directing federal agencies to reassess certain regulations has again delayed the effective date of a rule establishing minimum training standards for new truck drivers.

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Senators press regulators to speed up implementation of driver drug testing changes

The senators noted in the letter the December 2015-passed FAST Act highway bill required the HHS to issue guidelines for hair testing as a method of detecting the use of drugs within one year, but the Dec. 4, 2016, deadline passed without action. Failing to meet the deadline, the letter adds, has prevented the DOT from allowing hair testing to be a federally approved testing method.

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Details on out-of-service conditions related to ELDs, come December 18

CVSA's new ELD-related out-of-service conditions are actually footnotes regarding current OOS violations having to do with hours of service.

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DOT declines to file opposition in ELD lawsuit’s appeal to Supreme Court

The attorney representing OOIDA and truckers Richard Pingel and Mark Elrod in the ELD challenge says it’s not uncommon for the government to decline to file in such court cases. However, he says, the Supreme Court could ask DOT to file an opposition brief before deciding to hear the case or not.

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Nice sentiments

The ELD mandate drawing closer ... "I've noticed a lot more people deciding to protest the rule. I appreciate the feelings: I'm the first one to say, 'Stand up to the gubmint,' but I've got one question: Where were y'all all those years ago when we were begging people to make comments?" ...

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New e-log from ELD Solutions Inc.

The ELD Solutions company finalized an electronic logging device product in April. It's subscription-based services are available at price points from $20 monthly and more for its BYOD configuration to $50 or more for its dedicated-tablet options.

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Podcast: Cold water on the ELD mandate’s potential rates impacts

While recent polling shows most owner-operators view the ELD mandate's chances of positively impacting rates either short- or long-term as good, don't count OOIDA board member and B.L. Reever Transport small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold among the true believers.

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Fireworks hauling group seeks hours exemption for another member company

An exemption granted last year by FMCSA allows 51 carriers to operate outside of compliance of the 14-hour rule. The exemption is good through 2020. The new request would, if granted, add Pyro Shows of Alabama to the list of companies waived from compliance with the 14-hour rule in the weeks surrounding July 4.

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