Regulations

OOIDA: Small biz regulatory bill good for owner-operators, small fleets

A bill making its way through Congress currently — most recently clearing the U.S. House — is being lauded by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association as a win for owner-operators and other small trucking companies.

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TCA chair: E-log mandate to push owner-ops from trucking, drivers should be making minimum $65k

The looming federal rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices will cause “a huge exodus” of owner-operators, says TCA Chairman Shepard Dunn. Also, fleets should pay drivers no less than $65,000 a year, he says.

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Study: Exhaust from newer diesel engines not linked to cancer

Lifetime exposure to modern diesel exhaust does not induce tumors or precancerous changes, according to the first comprehensive study of the matter.

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Not so fast on med cards: Non-CDL commercial drivers still must carry

Non-CDL holders are not required to self-certify or submit a copy of their medical card to their state licensing agency. Given such commercial drivers don't self-certify, if you are one of them, keep carrying the card.

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Ohio inspection, violation intensity

If recent trends continue, the climate for truckers on Ohio roads could improve. Overall state inspection numbers have fallen the last two years from about 75,000 total annually to just under 72,000,

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Heads up, drivers: Virginia Tech looking for 250 truck operators for FMCSA’s 34-hour restart study

The drivers must be studied for at least five months, and researchers will compare their schedules, crashes, near-crashes, crash-relevant events, operator fatigue and alertness and short-term health.

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Trucking rap sheet: Carrier-led cargo theft scheme, CDL exam cheaters, driver drug tester, chameleon carriers and more

The courts have been busy of late dealing with trucking-related crimes, it seems, as the Departments of Transportation and Justice announced last week several updates several cases dealing with cargo theft, drug testing, shutdown orders and more.

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Light-sensitive: Ohio the No. 1 state for light violations

Lights can go out when you’re running, but some drivers contend "a lot of these lights are off before the trip starts.” If you don’t catch them, you can bet that if your run takes you through Ohio, somebody else will.

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Responding to apnea/med cert situation, OOIDA crowd-sources doc reviews

The D.O.T. Doc review and search site is live -- it's intended to grow into a resource drivers can use to share their experiences with each other relative to medical examiners around the nation.

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Effective Jan. 30, drivers can ditch paper copies of medical cards upon med cert renewal

Truck operators will no longer be required to carry paper copies of their medical certification cards beginning Friday, Jan. 30, as the certification will have been integrated into drivers’ CDLs, FMCSA is expected to announce this week.

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