Regulations

Close scrutiny: Where are you most likely to be inspected?

That distinction goes to Maryland, followed by Pennsylvania -- while both are heavy on inspections, their rate of issuing violations falls below the national average. Find a look at Maryland's program here.

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California’s ‘right to control’ test vs. the independent contractor

A three-judge panel, citing California’s “right to control” test, reversed litigation in Indiana against three class action lawsuits regarding independent contractor status.

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FMCSA extends remote new entrant audit test, to add auto-fail functionality

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be testing a new automatic failure feature for new entrant audits and will be extending its testing of off-site new entrant audits until December.

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Can an employer fire or refuse to hire me on account of a sleep apnea diagnosis?

Following the 2008 amendment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers must make reasonable accommodations for drivers with sleep apnea, says Truckers for a Cause cofounder and driver Bob Stanton.

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OOIDA’s new NCRME survey; Benefits of apnea treatment for one operator

Independent owner-operator Joe Bielucki's sleep apnea story -- results following his preemptive strike of sorts relative to the condition two years ago.

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How to address sleep apnea risk

On your terms.... And what to expect for treatment if you are diagnosed.

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Guilty until proven innocent: Answering key sleep-apnea questions

As new medical certification processes come into play, more drivers are being asked to get sleep apnea testing. Some are asking questions, getting varied answers – and being taken off the road prematurely.

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Speed limiters not ‘worth the hassle': More voices on potential mandate

Michael Goodman, among others: "Forcing speed limiters will make roads less safe and be another unnecessary cost to the millions of truck owners in the United States."

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

Petition circulated on “right to carry” for driver self-defense

A new "right to carry" petition is being circulated by SBTC's James Lamb. It's collecting signatures in an attempt to demonstrate that there's support for easing many interstate drivers' ability to legally travel with firearms.

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Will FMCSA ‘un-ring’ the CSA alarm?

Reader Thomas Little may best have paraphrased the thoughts of many: With CSA, "FMCSA fully intended" to "let the industry do their policing for them. Spoon-feed the detailed data into the marketplace to drive consumer choice of motor carrier ... and then stand back and pretend that wasn't how CSA was supposed to be used... They won't be able to unring that bell."

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