Regulations

Comment period open for rule on truck fuel economy, emissions standards

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation published a proposed rule on the Federal Register on Monday, July 13, for Phase 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.

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Fleet again ordered to pay $20k to a driver who was sick, refused to drive

A trucking company has been ordered by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to pay $20,000 in punitive damages and $354 to a driver after suspending the driver for refusing to drive for feeling ill.

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FMCSA shuts down Kentucky-based driver following false logs, fatal crash

FMCSA has issued an imminent hazard out-of-service order to a Kentucky-based driver after FMCSA determined he falsified his records-of-duty status in the days leading up to a crash that killed six.

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Senate this week could vote on highway bill that would remove CSA scores from public view

The six-year DRIVE Act would be the first multi-year bill since 2012’s MAP-21, which was just a two-year funding measure. The bill also is packed full of regulatory changes, with some notable stabs by Congress at the CSA carrier-scoring program.

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ATD: Bill that would exempt gliders from emissions regs likely won’t pass

Debate over the Confederate flag had a bill that would have exempted glider kits from upcoming emissions regs pulled from the House floor.

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Rule to require electronic logging devices expected to proceed this month

A federal rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices by truck operators is scheduled to make its next move toward implementation this month, according to a recent report issued by the DOT.

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Household goods movers denied requested exemption from 14-hour cap

The groups sought exemption of the 14-hour limit placed on drivers’ on-duty time, saying drivers who are delayed making deliveries at residences could need to drive beyond the 14th hour to move the truck to a secure location for overnight parking.

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EPA sues Navistar, claims company failed to comply with federal emissions standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed suit against Navistar International Corp. Wednesday, July 15, claiming the truck maker violated the Clean Air Act with engines built and installed in International trucks in 2009 and 2010.

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Big CSA reform highlights Senate highway bill that moves closer to passage

A Senate committee stamped approval on a package that would remove CSA’s carrier percentile rankings from public view, allow some under-21 CDL holders to operate interstate and allow carriers to use hair tests for driver drug screening.

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Judge dismisses most of OOIDA lawsuit against CARB, transfers owner-op’s claim

The federal judge overseeing the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s lawsuit challenging California emissions standards has again dismissed most of the owner-driver advocacy group’s litigation.

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