Regulations

UPDATED: Medical certification confusion — and a state by state resource guide for meeting Jan. 30 reporting deadline

| December 23, 2013

Clearing up some of the confusion around self-reporting of CDL holders' medical certifications. Reporting deadline: Jan. 30, 2014; Kansas, Idaho here update their procedures since original story aired.

Bill to overturn hours-of-service rule introduced in Senate, referred to committee

| December 23, 2013

A bill introduced in the Senate last week that, if enacted, would halt the most recent hours-of-service rule change and allow truck drivers to operate under the pre-July 1 rules again, until Congress can review the rule further.

Agency proposes shortening driving experience needed to obtain vision exemption

| December 19, 2013

FMCSA has proposed shortening the amount of driving experience needed for truck drivers to obtain an exemption to drive with "vision deficiency," it announced via the Federal Register Dec. 19.

Split sleeper wishful thinking, redux

| December 19, 2013

Is there hope for a good outcome of FMCSA's apparent focus on split sleep? Utilize 530-408-6423 to leave a message to contribute to a future podcast on the split-sleep subject.

Warning for short haulers: Exceeding distance, time limits makes 30-min. break mandatory

| December 18, 2013

Short haul drivers who exceed the distance or time limits that qualify them as short haul drivers would be subject to complying with the mandatory 30-minute break required by the July 1 hours rule.

Diesel group: Clean diesel tech has lowered truck emissions to near-zero levels

| December 18, 2013

According to a study released this month, emissions from diesel engines have been nearly eliminated by 2010 engine technolgoy — Selective Catalytic Reduction exhaust aftertreatment systems.

Sleeper time flexibility study could be in works as ATA requests, FMCSA says it’s planning

| December 18, 2013

FMCSA says it's planning a field study to gather more data on whether split sleeper berth time is an OK alternative for drivers. Separately, ATA proposed this week the agency conduct a 2-year pilot program to study split sleep.

Agency extends comment period for CSA website changes per safety group request

| December 17, 2013

FMCSA has extended the public comment period for proposed changes it plans to make to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program's Safety Measurement System website to Jan. 21. Here's a look at some of the comments so far.

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