Regulations

FMCSA takes next step in entry-level driver training rule with ‘negotiated rulemaking’ plan

The agency will formally announce this week a plan to form a “negotiated rulemaking” or “reg neg” committee made up of regulators, carriers, licensing agencies, training organizations, enforcement groups, labor unions, safety groups and others.

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Oregon: An edge on hours

The state of Oregon is known among owner-operators for more than its scenic mountain passes and rocky coast: Oregon’s weight-distance tax data sharpens its focus on log violations.

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No-defect Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports no longer have to be filed

A federal rule to eliminate the requirement that drivers submit a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report will go into effect Dec. 18, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced today.

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Trucking groups urge Congress to suspend hours of service restart rules; Foxx urges otherwise

Several trucking industry groups offered their support over the weekend for Congressional action that would suspend two key provisions of hours-of-service rules for truck drivers and make FMCSA better justify the rule.

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Congress could force FMCSA to suspend hours of service restart rules

A major spending bill in the works in Congress could include a major provision for the trucking industry: Direction to suspend parts of the 2013 federal hours of service rule.

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Apnea clarification unlikely in short term to remedy the condition’s growing importance in medical certifications

Though FMCSA says it will send a bulletin to medical examiners to clarify its guidelines on screening drivers for sleep apnea, it's unlikely medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term driver medical certifications contingent on apnea testing will be affected.

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Senator: FMCSA should vet driver records to help prevent ‘chameleon’ carriers

Sen. Schumer says the agency needs to review driver safety records when a carrier applies for authority. FMCSA spokesperson Marissa Padilla says the agency has “taken aggressive steps” in recent years to better vet new entrant carriers and upped fines for carriers who do reincarnate.

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Driver sleep apnea screening: FMCSA to issue clarification to medical examiners

Medical examiners in FMCSA’s registry will soon be receiving a bulletin from the agency to clarify current federal rules — or lack thereof — regarding screening and testing drivers for sleep apnea.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Major carrier wants exemption from driver training rules requiring front-seat CDL holder

Reefer giant C.R. England wants FMCSA to exempt it from the rule requiring commercial learner’s permit holders to be accompanied in the front seat by CDL holders after passing skills test/before receiving CDL.

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FMCSA’s liability insurance questions: Before rulemaking, agency asks trucking about premiums, adequacy of coverage, self-insurance and more

Carriers have until Feb. 26 to offer their formal input on FMCSA's request for input on a potential liability insurance increase. Here are some of the topics and questions the agency is seeking trucking’s input on.

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