Regulations

‘Obamacare, round three’ kicks off with open enrollment Nov. 1

As insurance exchanges start the third annual open enrollment period Nov. 1, owner-operators have one last chance to avoid fines that are getting stiffer in 2017 for not carrying health insurance.

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EPA, Calif. hit carrier with $400k in fines for not using diesel particulate filters

A Virginia trucking company will pay $100,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency and an additional $290,000 to California in the first federal enforcement of the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation.

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FMCSA looking to make minor changes in language of federal inspection regs

The FMCSA has proposed amendments to several provisions in the FMCSRs after petition requests from CVSA and ATA, and recommendations from the NTSB.

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Mail contractor group’s 14-hour exemption request under fire from postal workers union

The American Postal Workers Union, which represents U.S. Postal Service employees, said Thursday it’s opposed to an exemption request submitted recently by private, contracted mail carriers seeking an exemption from the federal 14-hour on-duty limit.

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FMCSA hits back on CSA effectiveness, defends accuracy of carrier rankings system

Amid increasing calls for the FMCSA to remove CSA rankings/scores from public view, a new analysis from FMCSA reiterates what the agency has said all along about the CSA Safety Measurement System: It's effective.

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Proposed rule to require underride guards gets comment period extended

NHTSA has announced it will reopen the comment period for a rulemaking notice that will, if made final, require single-unit trucks to be equipped with rear impact guards and reflective tape on the rear and sides of the trucks to improve their visibility.

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DOD granted renewal of 30-minute break exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has renewed the Department of Defense's exemption to the 30-minute break requirement of 2013's hours-of-service rule.

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Hours rules suspended in Carolinas following historic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin

Drivers hauling relief or emergency loads in North Carolina and South Carolina have been granted a temporary waiver of hours-of-service rules and size and weight limits.

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No mercy: Arizona ground zero for truck enforcement

With a high rate of both inspections and violations, and a top ten ranking for hours enforcement, this state is ground zero for tough inspections – particularly along the border.

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Podcast: Will FMCSA give sleeper berth flexibility in next hours-of-service rule?

In this brief interview, Overdrive News Editor James Jaillet talks with the Truckload Carriers Association's David Heller about potential changes to hours of service rules FMCSA and Congress could be working on.

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