Regulations

Hours rule waivers for propane haulers extended as Obama signs exemption bill

| March 24, 2014

Propane haulers in 36 states are exempt from federal hours-of-service regulations until May 31, as President Barack Obama signed a bill into law March 21 that extends waivers first granted in February by FMCSA.

Anti-ELD petition to White House launched; more voices on the mandate

| March 21, 2014

Language of the petition, which has a goal of 100,000 signatures collected by April 18, reflects voices of opposition among many Overdrive readers, approximately 3 of every 4 according to recent polling.

Agency orders two carriers to shut down for myriad of violations

| March 19, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this week it has shut down two separate trucking companies, issuing both imminent hazard out-of-service orders for various violations.

Charts: ‘Driver satisfaction’ unchanged, despite weather, regulatory changes

| March 19, 2014

Despite severe winter weather and "renewed economic and regulatory pressures" on trucking, drivers were no more dissatisfied with their jobs in the winter of 2014 than they were two and a half years earlier, according to charts from Stay Metrics.

Author: ‘U.S. law in need of simplification, basic human empathy’

| March 19, 2014

"Overhaul and simplify the law to release the energy and passion of Americans so that we can begin to address the challenges of our society." --Philip K. Howard, from a 2010 talk that rings with messages directly applicable to trucking

Cabover at the Neal awards — and plenty of gratitude

| March 17, 2014

Journalistic awards are great, but it's too often the case that the crucial element of the business of trade press is lost in the discourse that emerges from shop talk -- the importance of listening to the readers.

Hours rule, CSA draw sharp criticism in House hearing, FMCSA head Ferro defends both

| March 17, 2014

FMCSA head Anne Ferro defended in front of Congress last week her agency and two of its most criticized regulatory actions in recent years — the hours-of-service rule changes made in July of last year and the agency's CSA program.

ELD mandate: Readers respond

| March 17, 2014

Among Overdrive readers, more than half of the respondents to a poll conducted in the weeks prior to the ELD mandate's release showed a strong preference for another line or work or retirement over use of the devices.

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