Regulations

FMCSA raises fines for some violations, lowers fines for others

The fines for violations of federal safety regulations underwent a makeover this year during the adjustment for inflation process. Some fines are higher than previous years, and some are lower, as FMCSA made the adjustments based on a new law passed by Congress in 2015.

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FMCSA shuts down trucker following alcohol-involved crash that killed two, injured two others

On March 18, Weddle’s trailer crossed over the centerline of the highway, tipped over and began scattering its load of lumber across the highway, resulting in two deaths. Weddle was traveling about 80 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, FMCSA says, and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

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ELD privacy concerns an ‘illogical extreme,’ groups argue in court filings

The court battle over a federal rule to mandate electronic logging devices for truck drivers saw two carrier-backed parties file briefs in support of the mandate this week, with both filings touting the perceived benefits of the rule and dismissing claims brought by trucker-backed groups about the rule’s efficacy.

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Comments due Thursday for controversial Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule

The reply comment period for FMCSA's proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule ends Thursday. Since the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in January, it has been met with opposition, not only from trucking industry groups, but also Congress.

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KeepTruckin adds automatic IFTA fuel tax reporting to ELD software

KeepTruckin's ELD users who subscribe to the ELD Plus subscription plan can now automatically calculate the distance traveled in each U.S. and Canadian state or province, the company says.

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Speed limiter rule dates delayed again by DOT, CDL clearinghouse rule on track

The Department of Transportation is once again delaying publication of the potential rulemaking that would require speed limiters on trucks.

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E-log transition epilogue: Wes Memphis answers your questions

After Wes Memphis' final piece is his multipart narrative of the first couple of months following his fleet's transition to e-logs, a few questions came in specific to his operation. In this epilogue to his dispatches, Memphis takes a moment to answer a couple of them.

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Trucking attorney thinks ELD mandate will survive OOIDA’s legal challenge

An attorney this week predicted the current electronic logging device mandate will withstand the legal challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

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Detention data collection phase, regulatory process under way

As required by the FAST Act, DOT will report "on the impact of loading and unloading delays" on the economy, transport efficiency, safety and driver pay/income. Efforts could hold import for hours, detention pay in future.

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DOT looking to ban trucks from Kentucky highway due to frequency of truck crashes

FHWA says the predominant crash type seen on KY 151 involves trucks veering off the road where the road and shoulders are too narrow for trucks.

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