Regulations

Regs outlook: Change is in the air

Between hope and a hard place: The potential import for owner-operators of a new federal administration as regards ELDs, speed limiters, CARB's pursuit of an Ultra-Low NOx emissions standard and more, from Western States Trucking Association rep and former O/O Joe Rajkovacz at NASTC's annual meeting.

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Drug testing database, driver training standards set to publish this week, DOT says

The DOT is projecting final rules for the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and the Entry-Level Driver Training standards to be published this week.

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Two weeks remain to formally comment on speed limiter rule proposal

If the rule were to be made final, all new trucks would be required to use electronic speed governors. There is also a possibility it will require all trucks with factory-equipped speed limiters to be governed as well.

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FMCSA: Mexican carriers can now lease equipment to U.S. carriers

FMCSA says Mexican-domiciled carriers are now allowed to lease equipment to U.S. motor carriers regardless of where the freight is going, as long as the equipment is up to FMCSA regulations.

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Hours exemption for certain hazmat haulers extended

The exemption from the 30-minute rest break rule is limited to drivers transporting hazmat loads that have filed security plans requiring the drivers to constantly "attend" to the cargo.

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ATA expects Congress to act on hours of service before year’s end

An ATA rep says Congress is expected to act to clear up the hours of service confusion created by a 2015-passed bill that could unintentionally remove the 34-hour restart as a tool for truckers to use to reset their weekly on-duty clocks.

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Driver training rule set for publication

The proposed rule outlined classroom training that would require instruction on the basics of driving a truck, including instrument and control instruction, how to perform pre- and post-trip inspections, how to safely back to a dock, hours-of-service regulations and more.

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Autonomous trucks pave way for hours reform and more, but major roadblocks remain, says ATRI

“Truck driving as a career may become more attractive as Level 3 and Level 4 trucks are commercially available. Automation may relieve some of the stress and monotony of driving long hours and...could allow drivers to work on tasks such as logistics while the vehicle is moving,” ATRI says. “The ability to rest while driving in the Level 4 environment could enable drivers to be at home more often rather than parked at distant ...

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The 18 states that issue more violations per inspection than the national average

In any of these states, it's most likely that if you get inspected you'll walk away with a violation. All of them write more than 1.7 per every individual inspection, with Connecticut at the top of the list with more than 3.

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OOIDA to ask for new hearing on ELD challenge

If the 7th Circuit denies OOIDA’s request for a rehearing, the group will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, OOIDA Executive VP Todd Spencer says.

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