Regulations

ELD mandate: Feb. effective date, details on yard moves, personal conveyance

FMCSA establishes page where registered, approved ELDs will appear with Feb. 16 effective date. And: How personal conveyance and yard moves expected to be handled under new e-log specs.

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Second take: Owner-operators stand to benefit from ‘beyond compliance’ program

“If you lose, why wouldn’t you at least try to get the best deal possible? FMCSA is being asked to think outside the box. Owner-ops and small businesses should too," says Joe Rajkovacz. "It would sure be nice to find out some ideas from truckers out there not buying into the gospel of ‘Just say no.’”

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Bevy of rulemaking activity expected soon, including speed limiter mandate, apnea pre-rule and CDL clearinghouse

February could be another busy month on the trucking regulatory front. See what rules are projected to see action soon.

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FMCSA issues rule proposal to tie safety rating directly to inspections, violations

Another month, another major rule proposed by FMCSA: The SFD rule would revamp the three-tier safety rating program to incorporate roadside inspection/violation data in addition to investigations and update monthly.

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Family of late show trucker, fleet owner Bill Hall Jr. to pay $160k to settle truck grant dispute

Hall’s 130-truck aggregate-hauling fleet, Bill Hall Jr. Trucking out of San Antonio, was well known on the show truck circuit as an annual contender at major Pride & Polish shows. He was killed in October 2013 after the motorcycle he was driving crashed when it was struck by his wife’s SUV.

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FMCSA administrator nominee Scott Darling to begin Senate confirmation process next week

Nearly six months after being nominated by President Barack Obama to head the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on a permanent basis, T.F. Scott Darling will face his first confirmation hearing next week, according to a press release from the Senate’s commerce committee.

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Altered CSA Safety Measurement System back in the public eye

The FMCSA has returned an altered CSA SMS to public view, showing no percentile or other evaluative scoring in the BASIC categories of measurement.

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Owner-ops: Carrier rewarding system a way to help big carriers, ice out small ones

More concerns and questions were raised than praise given Tuesday at an FMCSA hearing intended to gather carrier and trucking industry stakeholder input on the potential establishment of a program to reward carriers who go above and beyond minimum requirements of federal safety rules.

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Safety rating poised to turn to roadside data, coalition issues challenge

The coalition that took on the recent highway bill's "poison pill" successfully has issued something of a pre-emptive challenge to FMCSA's proposed changes to the safety rating program.

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Rearview: Fighting rail in the name of safety

One of many battles waged by Overdrive in its first 20 years was against the rail industry, including its powerful lobbying arm and its cozy relationship with lawmakers.

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