Regulations

Sleep apnea and conditional medical certification being fought on new fronts

In an attempt to solve the problem of medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term conditional certifications — if any certification at all — pending results of a sleep study, NASTC has started offering both member and non-member carriers and drivers a sleep apnea screening and testing program that puts the process in the driver's hands.

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Don’t mess with Texas: Focusing on the truck and not the trucker to roll back crashes

Only two of the states with the biggest truck-involved fatality-crash problems show a percentage of maintenance violations above the 2013 national average of 72.6 percent – Virginia and Texas.

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FMCSA to survey new CDL holders for long-awaited driver training rule

The agency announced this week its intentions to survey recently licensed truck operators as part of the data gathering process in producing an entry level driver training rule.

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Don’t mess with Texas: No. 1 for maintenance violations

If you’re running through the Lone Star State, don’t skimp on pre-trip inspections. No other state issues a higher percentage of maintenance violations.

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Liability insurance increase for carriers could see delay, may never come, ATA says

Owner-operator concerns over regulators’ seemingly quick work to produce a rule to raise the minimum amount of liability insurance trucking companies must have could be much ado about nothing, says ATA's chief of advocacy.

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White House clears FMCSA request for comment on potential insurance increase rule

The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is intended to seek trucking industry input before FMCSA potentially produces a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and a Final Rule.

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Will a Republican takeover of Congress affect trucking?

Will a Republican-controlled Congress affect the trucking industry? More specifically, will a Republican takeover of the Senate benefit the trucking industry?

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Audio mailbag: Liability insurance, sleeper berth flexibility

The first in a series of Voices podcasts airing editorial comment on a variety of issues, here stemming from discussion of both sleeper berth period flexibility and FMCSA's planned liability insurance hike in D.C. Call 530-208-6423 at any time to record a message.

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Are All-Makes Parts Right For You?

New guidance on Ebola-contaminated waste transport

A new Federal Register notice issues advisory on how the hazmat transport regs apply, and readers continue to show favor for further measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Logging device mandate: FMCSA to build registry of approved devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started the process of registering FMCSA-approved electronic logging devices in preparation for the upcoming ELD mandate, which likely will begin sometime in 2017.

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