Regulations

ProSight’s new drug-testing program

Developed in partnership with the Foley Carrier Services DOT compliance and employer-assist firm, the new program claims to go above and beyond by detecting patterns of pharmaceutical drug abuse, among other things.

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Senate bill clears up 34-hour restart confusion, could add new hours limits

The bill corrects a legislative mess-up from December that put the 34-hour restart in jeopardy by ensuring the restart will remain available for truckers. However, it would also put in place a new 73-hour on-duty limit in a consecutive seven-day period.

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Camera systems taking a lead in data harvest

With such strong momentum and expanding uses for cameras, the technology could well follow the same path as that of electronic logging devices: widespread early adoption by large fleets and an eventual federal mandate industrywide. The systems may also work in tandem with automated trucks.

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An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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Your health — ripe for biomonitoring and telematics

In the not-so-distant future, your truck and its associated systems will be able to read your vital signs and alert you and others to an impending health breakdown. This data could be synced to your truck’s communications system, which could automatically send select health data to your fleet, your insurance provider or FMCSA.

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FMCSA looking for owner-operator comments on potential carrier incentive program

The FMCSA is required by the December-passed FAST Act highway bill to implement the program within 18 months of the bill being enacted.

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Missouri seeks second exemption to help military vets into trucking

The exemption would effectively give military truck drivers credit for their military training and expertise.

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Data — The unseen hand steering your career

As fleet owners continue to find more ways to turn their drivers and prospective drivers into sets of data, they are moving recruitment, retention and safety management closer to science than art. This expanding harvest of data and the eagerness of predictive analytics vendors to help fleets make better use of it are reshaping how the industry relates to drivers.

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Flexible split sleeper berth exemption extended 4 more years

Private carrier McKee Foods has been granted an extension to its 2015-granted waiver, which allows its drivers to divide their 10 required sleeper berth hours into 5/5, 6/4 or 3/7 splits. FMCSA's own commissioned research has shown split sleep has little to no bearing on truck driver fatigue or safety. Truckers, however, still must abide by the rigid 14-hour rule.

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Wired, watched and weeded out: How constant monitoring by fleets, regulators will shape tomorrow’s driving force

In this special series, built on months of reporting by Overdrive editors, an in-depth exploration on the acceleration of driver monitoring systems, biometric health readings, the availability of massive data sets on truckers and how it all gives way to constant monitoring by fleets -- and regulators -- of truckers, their habits and their fitness to operate.

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