Regulations

6 states issue hours-of-service waivers for emergency loads in wake of Winter Storm Jonas

Six East Coast states have issued temporary and limited hours-of-service exemptions for certain relief load haulers in the wake of the historic winter storm that impacted about a third of the U.S. population.

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ELDs and trucker harassment, Part 1: What FMCSA’s new mandate does to protect truckers against harassment

In this three-part series, Overdrive examines anti-harassment measures in the DOT's December-published electronic logging device rule. Topics include the rule’s anti-harassment provisions, privacy of truckers’ records and the harassment complaint process.

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DOT rule to implement new carrier rating system published, FMCSA seeking comment

FMCSA has published a proposed rule that would reform the way it rates carriers and determines their overall safety fitness to operate, and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal for 60 days.

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Required 34-hour restart study finished, advances to next step, says FMCSA boss

A Congressionally required study of truck operators and FMCSA’s 2013-instituted 34-hour restart regulations has been completed and is now under review by the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary, said Scott Darling, nominated administrator of FMCSA.

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ELD mandate: Feb. effective date, details on yard moves, personal conveyance

FMCSA establishes page where registered, approved ELDs will appear with Feb. 16 effective date. And: How personal conveyance and yard moves expected to be handled under new e-log specs.

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Second take: Owner-operators stand to benefit from ‘beyond compliance’ program

“If you lose, why wouldn’t you at least try to get the best deal possible? FMCSA is being asked to think outside the box. Owner-ops and small businesses should too," says Joe Rajkovacz. "It would sure be nice to find out some ideas from truckers out there not buying into the gospel of ‘Just say no.’”

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Bevy of rulemaking activity expected soon, including speed limiter mandate, apnea pre-rule and CDL clearinghouse

February could be another busy month on the trucking regulatory front. See what rules are projected to see action soon.

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FMCSA issues rule proposal to tie safety rating directly to inspections, violations

Another month, another major rule proposed by FMCSA: The SFD rule would revamp the three-tier safety rating program to incorporate roadside inspection/violation data in addition to investigations and update monthly.

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Family of late show trucker, fleet owner Bill Hall Jr. to pay $160k to settle truck grant dispute

Hall’s 130-truck aggregate-hauling fleet, Bill Hall Jr. Trucking out of San Antonio, was well known on the show truck circuit as an annual contender at major Pride & Polish shows. He was killed in October 2013 after the motorcycle he was driving crashed when it was struck by his wife’s SUV.

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FMCSA administrator nominee Scott Darling to begin Senate confirmation process next week

Nearly six months after being nominated by President Barack Obama to head the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on a permanent basis, T.F. Scott Darling will face his first confirmation hearing next week, according to a press release from the Senate’s commerce committee.

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