Regulations

Synthetic marijuana to be classified as controlled drug, illegal for drivers to possess

| January 15, 2014

The DEA announced it will classify synthetic marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, thereby making truck operators who use synthetic marijuana and fail a drug test as no longer disqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

New Entrant test debated in initial regulatory session

| January 14, 2014

Call 530-408-6423, 530-40-VOICE, to contribute thoughts on the New Entrant test rulemaking under way to an upcoming Overdrive podcast. Two more federal sessions, in March at MATS and April at CVSA, are planned.

Supreme Court denies review of FMCSA’s pilot program with Mexico

| January 13, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s request to hear its case against the federal cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico.

Electronic log mandate rule expected this month, along with driver database rule

| January 10, 2014

A proposed rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices is expected to be published by FMCSA Jan. 29. The rule implementing a drug and alcohol clearinghouse of truck drivers is expected to be published Jan. 31.

FMCSA makes med card retention extension official: Drivers must carry paper copy until 2015

| January 10, 2014

Drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical examiner's certificate until Jan. 30, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Jan. 10.

Be your own boss: 14 ‘do or die’ compliance duties

| January 10, 2014

Failure to perform these 14 tasks will automatically fail you when the FMCSA comes calling for your New Entrant Safety Audit in the first 18 months you're in business.

Updated list: Exemptions to hours regs issued in some states for propane, fuel, relief load haulers

| January 10, 2014

In wake of Winter Storm Hercules and the extreme temperatures in impacted states, several states have issued exemptions or waivers of federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers hauling fuel to or in those states.

New Entrant testing listening session to be webcast Monday

| January 09, 2014

Detail on the Monday, Jan. 13, webcast of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's first listening session on the subject.

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