Regulations

Say goodbye to no-defect inspection reports — FMCSA’s officially eliminated them

FMCSA will publish Thursday, Dec. 18, a Final Rule that will eliminate the requirement that truck drivers keep and submit Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports when no defects have been found. The rule takes effect immediately.

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Equipment regulator NHTSA gets new boss following Senate confirmation

NHTSA — a regulatory agency under the Department of Transportation responsible for some trucking-related regulations — has a new head man, coming after nearly a year-long vacancy at the top of the agency.

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President signs restart rollback bill: Here’s what the law requires of FMCSA

President Obama Dec. 16 signed into law the appropriations bill that halts enforcement of certain hours of service provisions and requires an FMCSA study of the rules. Here's a look at how the bill directs FMCSA to conduct the study.

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CSA program not ‘meeting the goal’

If you think the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has misdirected carriers’ safety focus in a big way, you’ll find a friend in Oregon DOT's David McKane.

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Hours of service changes: FMCSA says changes take effect as soon as Obama signs

Clearing the air on some potential confusion about when procedurally the upcoming suspension of certain hours of service rules will take effect, FMCSA has told Overdrive the stay of enforcement begins as soon as the president signs the bill.

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Restart: Moving ahead

"Anybody restart hours today, by chance?" Readers react to -- and more of what to expect from -- the restart change put into effect by Congress this weekend.

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34-hour restart rules to be suspended: Congress clears legislation to roll back 2013 provisions

Congress has cleared a bill that puts a stay of enforcement on certain hours of service rules. A bumpy start to the rollback, however, may be in store, given the need for re-training of enforcers and needed updates to e-log software.

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Top states for hours violations

Oregon ranks No. 1 in hours enforcement. Of the No. 2 state in hours enforcement, Wyoming, says Oregon enforcement, data-sharing is high. Find the top 15 states here.

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House clears bill to suspend restart rules, bill moves to Senate

The suspension of parts of the 2013 hours-of-service rule moved a step closer to fruition Thursday, as the House cleared a spending bill that includes language to halt enforcement of some HOS provisions at least until September.

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POLL: How often do you use the 34-hour restart?

Since the 2013 changes to the hours of service, the 34-hour restart has been restricted to use only once per week -- how often have you utilized it to reset your hours in the period since?

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