Regulations

FMCSA chief Scott Darling’s nomination could proceed in Senate on Thursday

A Senate committee is scheduled to vote on whether to advance President Obama's nomination of Darling to head FMCSA. Darling must still be confirmed by the full Senate before becoming FMCSA's administrator.

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Federal vs. state authority over truckers’ breaks and pay a growing debate in aviation bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer held a press conference Thursday to decry the return of the measure, calling it an anti-trucker, anti-safety provision. ATA, however, disagrees, calling the measure a necessary means to preventing a patchwork of state-to-state rules.

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Major carrier again ordered to pay big payout to driver following refusal-to-drive firing

Brandon Hopper claims he was “confronted and baited” by Marten to resign in July 2013 after he refused to haul two allegedly overweight loads and three other loads because, he claims, he would have been in violation of hours of service regulations.

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‘Absolute measure’ scores to return to public CSA SMS with next update

Contrary to prior reports, FMCSA is not done with substantive additions to the interim CSA SMS public display -- carriers' "absolute measures," which underly the hidden percentiles in each BASIC category, will return in March to public view.

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CVSA to FMCSA: Scale back on hours and other exemptions

The burden being placed on roadside inspectors by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is becoming excessive, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says, because of the large number of exemptions being granted to drivers and carriers.

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DOT expands Mexican-U.S. border freight zones in Texas, New Mexico

The commercial border zone expansion will give Mexican-domiciled and U.S.-domiciled carriers and drivers a bigger zone to pick up and drop freight near El Paso, along with making some New Mexico-based crossings officially codified as cross-border zones.

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Trucker coercion prohibition rule now in effect: Here’s how to file a complaint against a carrier, broker or shipper

A new federal rule that implements large fines for carriers, shippers and brokers caught pressuring drivers to operate beyond federal safety regulations, such as when they’re out of hours, is now in effect, as is a new system for truckers to file complaints for alleged coercion instances with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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BigRoad e-log updates following the ELD mandate’s release

The BigRoad provider of the smartphone-based computer-assisted logbook and DashLink engine-connected ELD, noted the company was "fully on track" with updates following the ELD mandate's release.

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Entry-level driver training rule proposal approved by White House, sent to FMCSA for publication

The rule will likely include a required minimum number of hours of behind-the-wheel time, set up a driver trainer registry and establish a standard curriculum for new entrant truck drivers.

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ELD mandate: Is drivers’ time saved by e-logs worth near $2 billion annually?

Just as it's pretty hard to estimate time saved in a reliable way, it's pretty hard for paper and pencil to malfunction in the same way a computer can -- delving into FMCSA's ELD mandate cost-benefit analysis.

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