Regulations

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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Testing shows underride guards for trailer sides cuts injury, fatality risk

Rulemakings to mandate installation of rear-mounted underride guards on trailers and straight truck configurations are at various stages in the federal regulatory process. IIHS says its study shows the need for mandates for side-mounted underride guards, too.

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EPA hints revision or delay in trailer emissions rules for 2018 trailers

EPA hints revision or delay in trailer emissions rules for 2018 trailers

The Environmental Protection Agency hinted in a court document filed in late April that it may alter or delay fast-approaching emissions regulations scheduled to apply to model-year 2018 trailers.

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New program helps owner-operators meet new food hauling standards

Iron Apple created the FSMA Express program, which provides owner-operators with FSMA compliance forms and documents, as well as a 30-minute FSMA training program that includes a certificate of completion.

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7 U.S. reps back carriers’ request to hasten drug testing change

7 U.S. reps back carriers' request to hasten drug testing change

The April 25 letter from seven members of Congress asks FMCSA to allow 13 large carriers to skip urine tests in favor of hair sample tests “as soon as HHS issues its guidelines and before FMCSA subsequently completes its rule-making process” regarding hair sample testing.

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Florida legislature eyeing December 2018 ELD deadline for intrastate carriers, California uncertain

Florida's move for its sizable intrastate market follows that of Texas, which adopted a December 2019 date for the ELD requirements for intrastate carriers. California Highway Patrol reps, meanwhile, note they're yet uncertain on an intrastate ELD mandate there.

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ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

"One thing you come to learn around here is when there is the same highlighted handwritten memo on every table of the drivers' room, in the company newsletter, on the shop bulletin board, even on the inner door of the bathroom stall, somebody done messed up good. ..."

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Congress again slows deployment of wireless roadside inspections, House clears Obamacare overhaul

The measure builds upon Congressional intent in recent years to slow progress on a national wireless roadside inspection until the U.S. DOT answers certain questions for lawmakers. Also, an update on where Obamacare repeal efforts stand after House action this week.

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POLL: Interstate/intrastate — Which hours of service rule do you operate within?

What's the nature of your operation when it comes to hours of service -- are you running under the primary U.S. hours rules (irrespective of niche-specific variants like oilfield), a combination of U.S./Canadian rules, one of the various intrastate parameters or short-haul exceptions?

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