Regulations

FMCSA’s Scott Darling tapped by Pres. Obama to become agency’s next administrator

President Barack Obama this week nominated T.F. Scott Darling to become the next administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a position he’s filled on an acting basis since former Administrator Anne Ferro’s departure last August.

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Top 10 most intense states for inspection violations

This top-ten hall of fame -- or shame, depending on your perspective -- is actually a top 11, showing states in which the most violations per individual inspection were written throughout calendar year 2014.

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President signs three-month highway patch into law

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday, July 31, a bill to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund for three months.

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A safer, more sensible CDL entry path

The current prohibition on interstate driving for 18-20-year-old CDL holders does only so much to promote safety.

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Report: FMCSA can’t effectively study 2013 hours of service, safety conclusions likely skewed

A new Congressional report says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has limited ability to truly evaluate the 2013-implemented hours-of-service rule because its study did not meet research standards and has data constraints. The GAO report covers the agency's 2014-released study on the HOS rule, not the one currently in the works required by a December 2014 DOT-funding act, which also suspended certain portions of the 2013 rule. The U.S. House's transportation committee asked the Government Accountability ...

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Senate passes long- and short-term highway bills, clears provision to remove CSA scores from public view

The Senate mid-Thursday overwhelmingly passed a six-year highway bill that would remove carrier percentile scores in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program from public view, among other regulatory reforms.

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FMCSA advances e-log mandate, rule sent to OMB for approval

FMCSA sent the e-log rule to the OMB July 30, along with a rule that will implement stiffer penalties for carriers, shippers, brokers and others who coerce or pressure drivers to not abide by federal safety standards like hours-of-service limits.

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Latest highway funding stopgap clears House, delays bill that would reform CSA

The House late Wednesday passed its second short-term highway funding patch of the month, extending current highway funding levels until the end of October and effectively shutting down the Senate’s bid for a mad-dash passage of a long-term bill.

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House set to force Senate’s hand on short-term highway bill

The House has introduced another short-term highway funding patch, and it plans to pass the legislation Wednesday and then leave town, forcing the Senate to forego its attempt to pass a long-term highway bill before the August recess.

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EPA to hold public hearings on upcoming fuel economy, emissions regs; comment period extended

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation has announced public hearings for Phase II of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles.

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