Regulations

Rule to build database of truckers who have failed drug tests set for publication

The CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse final rule, which would establish a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test, will soon be published after the rule cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Monday, Oct. 31.

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DOT adds 30 days to speed limiter comment period

Comments on the propose rule are now due by the end of the day Dec. 7. The rule doesn't specify a speed to which trucks would be governed.

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‘Keep fighting’: One reader’s reaction to the 7th circuit’s ELD decision

In this Overdrive Radio 'mailbag' series podcast, more than one trucker strikes a defiant yet hopeful tone in response to yesterday's Halloween decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the FMCSA's ELD mandate final rule.

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OOIDA considers further legal challenge to ELD mandate

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which filed the lawsuit in March, said it is disappointed, but looking ahead to continue challenging the rule.

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ELD mandate survives court challenge

A federal mandate requiring nearly all U.S. truck operators to use electronic logging devices to track duty status has been upheld in court, meaning the December 18, 2017, compliance date remains effective.

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Owner-operators have one more week to comment on DOT’s speed governor rule

Barring a late extension, owner-operators and other industry stakeholders have just a week left to offer formal feedback to the U.S. DOT regarding its proposal to electronically govern truck speeds.

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Some oversize/overweight haulers land exemption from 30-minute break requirement

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association's main reasoning behind the exemption requests was the difficulty the drivers face finding parking for such large vehicles, which sometimes forces drivers to park on the shoulders of roads to comply with hours rules, the group says.

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Now, not later: Group wants FMCSA to allow drug testing of truckers via hair sample

The FAST Act highway bill passed last year opens the door for the agency to recognize hair tests in lieu of urine samples, but not until the Department of Health and Human Services creates guidelines for hair sample testing.

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‘WB 70 shoulder: An expressway of one’s own’ — from the dashcam of Colin Young

Colin Young was westbound on I-70 "coming down Floyd Hill in Colorado." Traffic was creeping along, and a pickup-truck driver decided to take matters into his own hands, safety be ... well, you know.

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Truckers with high BMI would be forced into apnea screening under FMCSA committee recommendations, drivers respond

The committees recommend FMCSA require certain truckers to be screened for sleep apnea based on their BMI and other risk factors. Truckers with a BMI of 33 or higher would also be subject to screening if they meet three other qualifiers, a list that includes being male and being older than 42 -- a large demographic among truckers.

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