Regulations

Will a Republican takeover of Congress affect trucking?

Will a Republican-controlled Congress affect the trucking industry? More specifically, will a Republican takeover of the Senate benefit the trucking industry?

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Audio mailbag: Liability insurance, sleeper berth flexibility

The first in a series of Voices podcasts airing editorial comment on a variety of issues, here stemming from discussion of both sleeper berth period flexibility and FMCSA's planned liability insurance hike in D.C. Call 530-208-6423 at any time to record a message.

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New guidance on Ebola-contaminated waste transport

A new Federal Register notice issues advisory on how the hazmat transport regs apply, and readers continue to show favor for further measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Logging device mandate: FMCSA to build registry of approved devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started the process of registering FMCSA-approved electronic logging devices in preparation for the upcoming ELD mandate, which likely will begin sometime in 2017.

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Heads up: Deadline for compliance with CARB reefer emissions regs coming Oct. 31

Motor carriers running 2007 year-model reefer units in California must purchase a diesel particulate filter for their reefer engines by Friday, Oct. 31, to be in compliance with the states reefer emissions regs.

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MCSAC to get new chairman — and a little CSA deja vu

Ever wonder what FMCSA's current administrator sounds like? Hear him reveal the incoming MCSAC advisory committee chair here. Also: No wonder trucking went to Congress over CSA, and more from D.C....

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Division on liability insurance hike in the spotlight at regulatory meeting

An FMCSA advisory committee discussion offered insight into how the agency will proceed with its rulemaking to increase liability insurance minimums and the potential consequences facing small business truckers if and when an increase occurs.

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Committee recommends doc questionnaire on prescription pain meds

Industry representatives worried that the questionnaire would put yet another stumbling block in the driver medical certification process; doctors argued it would help document their determination of whether a driver is fit to receive a medical card.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

FMCSA planning to launch split-sleeper flexibility study

The common refrain that the hours rules need to better encourage drivers to "drive when rested and sleep when tired" to be tested by the FMCSA.

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CARB: Enforcement coming on rule to require use of certain tires, aero devices

California’s Air Resources Board issued regulatory guidance this week saying the state is cleared to enforce elements of its emissions regulations that require truck and trailer owners to install aerodynamic add-on devices and use certain tires.

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