Regulations

Driver drug and alcohol test database to be required check for carriers by 2020

Set to publish Monday, a final rule establishing the Clearinghouse database will require carriers to search the database during the pre-employment process and for current employees -- at least once a year in the latter case.

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Trucking under Trump: Opportunities for hours reform, overhaul of FMCSA regulatory process

While the federal government’s electronic logging device mandate is likely shielded from interference from President-elect Donald Trump, Republican control in Washington gives the industry hope for a loosened and more accountable regulatory environment, industry groups said in recent weeks.

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The ELD mandate’s double bind for owners of post-1999 trucks with earlier model mechanical engines

Owner-operator Randy Carlson runs a 2001 Freightliner chassis powered by an early-90s Cat 3406B. It's increasingly looking like the truck as configured (and others similarly situated) is between a compliance rock and a hard place with the ELD mandate.

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FMCSA to allow truckers to use V.A. docs for medical certification

After completing FMCSA-administered training and testing, Veterans Affairs doctors would be listed in the National Registry. Military veteran truckers enrolled in the V.A. health care system would then be allowed to see approved V.A. docs to undergo their medical exam.

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Owner-operators have one more week to give DOT feedback on speed governor mandate

Truckers have until 11:59 pm. on Dec. 7 to file formal feedback with the U.S. DOT on its proposal to require nearly all Class 8 trucks to use speed limiters. See the link here to file a comment.

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SmartDrive’s ‘Extended Recording’ feature enhanced; other upgrades, video mandate discussed

In a press briefing with reporters, coming just two weeks after NTSB's first call for a mandate for video recorder use, SmartDrive reps noted any mandate would be long in coming but that a belief in the power of video in highway safety "is certainly our position."

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Trump selects Washington insider Elaine Chao to run DOT

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Elaine Chao to be his Secretary of Transportation, the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Chao served as President George W. Bush's Secretary of Labor for the entirety of Bush's presidency. She's also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Midwest Muscle: Iowa bolsters targeted approach to driver violations

Iowa DOT's high violations-per-inspection ranking, among other data, underscores an increasing focus on driver violations, particularly related to hours of service.

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Walmart truckers land $55 million settlement for non-driving time pay

Walmart Transportation has been ordered by a federal jury to pay 850 current and former truck drivers a total of $55 million in back pay. Of note to truck operators, the company was ordered to pay $44.7 million for federally stipulated 10-hour off-duty periods.

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Rearview: 17 years of FMCSA oversight

Long before FMCSA’s creation in 2001, Overdrive had been a watchdog of trucking regulation. In the 17 years of FMCSA’s existence, Overdrive has covered the agency’s tracks, from major regulations governing hours to warnings about e-cigarettes.

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