Regulations

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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Mandates for video recorders, collision avoidance systems among NTSB’s ‘Most Wanted’ in 2017-2018

Items on the list NTSB's 2017-2018 most wanted list that could have the biggest impact on drivers include increased implementation of collision avoidance technologies, expanding use of event recorders, and ending alcohol and drug impairment.

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POLL: Are you in the market for a pre-2000 truck to avoid ELDs?

Whether the answer is yes or no or you already run a 1999 or older truck, weigh in here on your approach to the significant exemption for pre-2000 model year trucks under FMCSA's ELD mandate, whose compliance date remains more than a year off.

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OOIDA accuses FMCSA of sidestepping rule process with sleep apnea provision, files legal challenge

OOIDA filed its legal challenge Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole. OOIDA says the final rule, which required procedural changes for medical examiners, included an appendix not found in the agency’s 2014 proposal that could subject some truckers to sleep apnea screening.

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National inspection blitz puts nearly 4k trucks out of service, over half for brake violations

Nearly 2,400 trucks were placed out-of-service for brake violations and nearly 2,700 trucks were placed out-of-service for non-brake-related violation during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week, held Sept. 11-17.

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Final tally: Trucking gave $160k to Trump campaign, $6.3M overall in political contributions

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) was the industry’s top recipient, scoring more than $169,000. President-elect Donald Trump was second, drawing $161,703. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ranked third, receiving $114,256.

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Will ELD mandate hold under Trump presidency?

Though Republicans will control the House, the Senate and the presidency starting January 21, regulatory relief may still be hard to come by, analysts say.

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