Regulations

Drivers, foreman awarded $953k after refusal-to-drive firings

Two drivers and a foreman for the Pontiac, Mich.-based Asphalt Specialists have been awarded $953,916 in back wages and damages after the Department of Transportation deemed they were wrongfully terminated for refusing to drive beyond federal hours of service limits.

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What will be outgoing FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro’s lasting legacy?

The administrator's responses to a variety of questions the morning of Aug. 14 suggested that, among her main hopes for the future of the industry, improved driver compensation ranks certainly at or near the top.

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Speed limiters, liability insurance hike rules see action, move closer to publication

A rule to require the use of speed limiters on trucks and a rule increasing the minimum insurance requirements for carriers both were sent to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation last week. Both proposed rules are expected to be published this year.

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Clarification: EPA’s clearance for Calif. enforcement of aero device regs applies to trucks, too

An EPA ruling clears CARB to enforce aero add-on requirements on 2011-2013 year-model tractors with integrated sleepers, in addition to the trailer requirement reported earlier this week.

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CARB can enforce rule requiring aero add-ons to trailers, EPA says

CARB has been granted permission by the federal government to enforce its requirement that trailers in the state be equipped with certain EPA-verified aerodynamic equipment.

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CSA’s Fallout: Where it’s most difficult to improve CSA scores

The continental United States ranked for each state's likelihood to issue a totally violation-free, or "clean," inspection.

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CSA’s Fallout: Where the inspection action is

The top states ranked for inspection activity; Maryland heads up the intensity rankings as in our analysis last year.

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California emissions laws spur big jump in diesel particulate filter sales

DPF sales jumped 65 percent year over year in the six-month period between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year, according to a recent report, presumably as truck owners purchased them to come into compliance with California's emissions regs.

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CSA’s Fallout: The shifting enforcement target as states move on driver violations

Among all 48 continental states, 2013 saw 29 states increase their attention to moving violations, figured as a percentage of each state’s total violations. Among the top such states, 3 in 4 saw their moving violations' share grow in 2013 against other violations.

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Rule to nix no-defect vehicle inspection reports moves closer to implemenation

A federal rule to rescind the requirement that drivers submit vehicle inspection reports when no defects were found has made its way to the Office of Management and Budget and is expected to be published as a Final Rule in November.

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