Regulations

Appeals court rolls smaller lawsuit against FMCSA data into OOIDA’s broader DataQs suit

| February 28, 2014

Based on jurisdictional grounds, a U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. has transferred a case brought against the FMCSA and its inability to remove violations from a carrier or driver's safety record if the violation is dismissed in court or the carrier is found not guilty.

Industry stakeholders tell Congress size and weight increase good for economy, efficiency

| February 28, 2014

Upping the size and weight limits for trucks on U.S. roads would reduce traffic, help road conditions and help the trucking industry absorb growth in the next few decades, said representatives of fleets, manufacturing and transportation planning at a House hearing held Feb. 27.

Hey, over here! Obama’s fuel efficiency sideshow

| February 26, 2014

There’s much more to be gained regarding fuel use and emissions by improving our crumbling, cramped infrastructure, as Werner Enterprises President Derek Leathers said in response to the Obama announcement.

House bill would extend hours of service waivers for fuel haulers to end of May

| February 26, 2014

A bill introduced in the House this week would if passed extend the exemptions to hours of service rules for propane and home heating fuel haulers to May 31, essentially taking measures beyond what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is capable of.

‘Zero highway deaths’ goal needs general public target

| February 24, 2014

Regulators' ultimate goal pondered, in light of the laundry list of highway-bill recommendations the MCSAC delivered to Congress two weeks back.

Onboard recorder mandate set to miss another publication date

| February 24, 2014

The long-expected re-release of the DOT rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (also known as Electronic Onboard Recorders) seems poised to once again miss an expected date of publication.

Tightened fuel economy regs: OOIDA warns of higher truck costs, ATA and truck makers generally supportive

| February 20, 2014

OOIDA says increased fuel economy standards will drive up the price of new trucks, while one trucking researcher says the cost of overall truck ownership will drop, despite the price increase. Truck makers, too, say they support increasing fuel use standards for trucks.

Proposed drug and alcohol driver database rule published, FMCSA accepting comment

| February 20, 2014

FMCSA published Feb. 20 its proposed rule for establishing a database of drivers who have failed or refused a drug test — dubbed the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse — and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal until April 21.

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