Regulations

E-log mandate likely coming soon: White House clears rule, publication nearing

| March 12, 2014

After more than seven months in waiting, the proposed rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices has cleared the White House's Office of Management and Budget, likely paving the way for a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to be published by the end of the month.

Independent contractor status in question: What’s happening with ‘misclassification’ efforts nationwide

| March 11, 2014

Trucking and labor nationwide are engaged in a debate over what determines independent contractor status, as lawmakers and courts consider whether owner-operators should be classified as employees.

Agency seeking New Entrant testing input at March 28, April 7 listening sessions

| March 11, 2014

FMCSA will hear input from industry stakeholders and other public comment in the second and third listening sessions held March 28 and April 7 to aid the agency in its creation of the New Entrant testing rule mandated by MAP-21.

Audit says CSA data process still flawed, hinders program’s effectiveness

| March 10, 2014

FMCSA's data collection process for its CSA program has shortcomings the agency needs to address, according to an audit, or the agency won't be able to "effectively implement" the program or address some of the major concerns of the trucking industry.

CARB proposes delaying, changing some emissions requirements for owner-operators

| March 07, 2014

California's Air Resources Board this week officially unveiled some proposed changes to its Truck & Bus Rule emissions regulations, potentially allowing owner-operators and small fleets some additional routes to compliance.

DOT tells appeals court federal law does not supersede Calif.’s lunch break law

| March 07, 2014

Federal preemption does not prevent California's meal-and-rest regulations from applying to truck drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation told an appellate court this week.

House approves bill to exempt some fuel haulers from hours regs until May 31

| March 05, 2014

U.S. House members have approved a measure that would extend hours-of-service exemptions for propane and home heating fuel haulers to May 31.

Agency, states waive hours rules for fuel haulers, some food and relief load haulers

| March 04, 2014

In light of severe cold temperatures impacting much of the country and some nationwide fuel distribution problems, FMCSA and some states have continued issuance of hours-of-service waivers for fuel haulers and, now, some other relief loads, like road salt, food and livestock.

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