Regulations

ATRI looking for driver input on hours rule effects, detention time

The American Transportation Research Institute announced this week it's looking for input from truck operators on the impacts of the current hours of service rule and about detention time for two separate studies it's working on.

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DOT, OSHA should collaborate on whistleblower claim investigations, federal report says

A new federal report recommends the Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration evaluate collaboration agreements regarding whistleblower claim investigations.

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NTSB pushing for blind spot systems, trailer guards, better data collection

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends regulations be put in place to require new trucks to be equipped with systems to boost blind spot awareness and side and rear underride guards and to require that better data be collected on trailers involved in crashes.

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ELD rule public comments mixed, with renewed focus on hours rule

Among others, Mark Olsen of Clinton, Utah, echoed the overall mixed nature of the comments all told. However, he rejoined arguments in favor of the need for ELDs with a message heard increasingly -- that the hours of service rules in general are the bigger problem as regards true safety.

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FMCSA reinstates informal hearings as way to contest violations

FMCSA has reinstated informal hearings as an additional way to contest enforcement cases, and this time the option is available nationwide.

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FMCSA invalidating med cards issued by Georgia doc, drivers must be reexamined

CDL holders who received medical certification from Dr. Paul Besdansky in Garden City, Ga., must be reexamined and certified by another medical examiner, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced.

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OOIDA pushing driver training, FMCSA reform for highway bill items

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced this week the two main items it is pushing Congress to include in its next highway bill: Bolstering training for new drivers and reforming the federal trucking regulatory process.

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Report urges trailer, tire, natural-gas power standards for Phase II efficiency regs

With the second round of heavy-duty fuel-efficiency standards recently announced by the Obama Administration, the National Research Council offered a series of recommendations in a newly released report.

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FMCSA shuts down fleet behind driver said to have been on duty 35 hours

Illinois-based carrier DND International has been ordered to shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after the agency said its investigators found "widespread, serious violations" of hours of service regulations and with falsifying logs.

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House members call for GAO to evaluate FMCSA’s methodology in creating hours rule

Two members of Congress have asked the Government Accountability Office to evaluate studies done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that justify the most recent hours of service regulations changes, which took effect last year.

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