Regulations

Obama orders tightened fuel efficiency, emissions standards for post-2018 trucks

| February 18, 2014

President Obama will order the EPA and the DOT to produce a rule by March 2015 to once again tighten fuel efficiency standards and greenhouse gas emissions standards, calling for technological innovation and alt fuels to help lead the way.

Audio: Rich Wilson at MCSAC — ‘We need to hear more from drivers’Podcast

| February 15, 2014

Though any FLSA reform wouldn't apply directly to owner-operators, some have made the argument that improved pay conditions for company drivers and corresponding rate-dynamics changes would filter positively throughout the industry.

California files motion to dismiss part of OOIDA’s lawsuit against emissions regs

| February 13, 2014

CARB has filed a motion o dismiss one of three counts the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has brought against it in a lawsuit challenging its emissions regulations.

GAO CSA report fallout: More small-carrier inspections on the way?

| February 13, 2014

Some watchers feel that "reprioritizing" inspection criteria to grab and tie up more and more of the "little guys" among carriers on the road might be the onerous result of the GAO's focus on lack of data.

CSA crash-weighting study coming soon; MCSAC subcommittee hiatus after April meeting

| February 13, 2014

With the Crash Weighting Research Plan study results due before the end of the month and the SFD rulemaking to hit OMB in spring, the MCSAC CSA Subcommittee stressed continuing CSA problems going into its last meeting for the year, if not longer.

Agency shuts down driver said to have driven 35 hours straight before fatal crash

| February 13, 2014

FMCSA announced it has shut down an Illinois-based driver with an imminent hazard out-of-service order after a fatal crash led to the discovery he had driven well over HOS limits and falsified his logs to conceal the violations.

May 21 is deadline to begin using National Registry doctors

| February 12, 2014

A somewhat new map-search tool at the registry site is now populated with registered examiners around the country for look-up / forward planning purposes.

Driver database rule made official: FMCSA unveils rule to implement drug/alcohol clearinghouse

| February 12, 2014

A proposed rule establishing a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test will soon be published, FMCSA announced Feb. 12. The rule would require carriers to upload positive drug test results and query the database annually and when making new hires.

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