Regulations

FMCSA initiates potential sleep apnea rulemaking, report shows; e-log, speed limiters still in queue

FMCSa has started work on a potential rule that would set up screening and treatment requirements for drivers who by definition are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

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DOT to consider requiring auto-braking systems

A Department of Transportation agency this week said it has begun work to determine whether it will pursue a federal rule to require new trucks to be equipped with crash avoidance systems that automatically break without driver input.

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Top 10 most intense states for maintenance, brake violations

Texas, California and Virginia top the list -- even with the reported priority drift toward an emphasis on traffic enforcement, violations of the FMCSRs remained dominated by vehicle-related violations.

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‘Obamacare, round three’ kicks off with open enrollment Nov. 1

As insurance exchanges start the third annual open enrollment period Nov. 1, owner-operators have one last chance to avoid fines that are getting stiffer in 2017 for not carrying health insurance.

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EPA, Calif. hit carrier with $400k in fines for not using diesel particulate filters

A Virginia trucking company will pay $100,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency and an additional $290,000 to California in the first federal enforcement of the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation.

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FMCSA looking to make minor changes in language of federal inspection regs

The FMCSA has proposed amendments to several provisions in the FMCSRs after petition requests from CVSA and ATA, and recommendations from the NTSB.

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Mail contractor group’s 14-hour exemption request under fire from postal workers union

The American Postal Workers Union, which represents U.S. Postal Service employees, said Thursday it’s opposed to an exemption request submitted recently by private, contracted mail carriers seeking an exemption from the federal 14-hour on-duty limit.

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FMCSA hits back on CSA effectiveness, defends accuracy of carrier rankings system

Amid increasing calls for the FMCSA to remove CSA rankings/scores from public view, a new analysis from FMCSA reiterates what the agency has said all along about the CSA Safety Measurement System: It's effective.

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Proposed rule to require underride guards gets comment period extended

NHTSA has announced it will reopen the comment period for a rulemaking notice that will, if made final, require single-unit trucks to be equipped with rear impact guards and reflective tape on the rear and sides of the trucks to improve their visibility.

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DOD granted renewal of 30-minute break exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has renewed the Department of Defense's exemption to the 30-minute break requirement of 2013's hours-of-service rule.

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