Regulations

Driver database rule made official: FMCSA unveils rule to implement drug/alcohol clearinghouse

A proposed rule establishing a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test will soon be published, FMCSA announced Feb. 12. The rule would require carriers to upload positive drug test results and query the database annually and when making new hires.

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FLSA reform, parking, detention: MCSAC prioritizes reauthorization recommendations

Reforming employee-driver compensation by removing the FLSA overtime exemption was among top recommendations, likewise expanding truck-parking availability, sleep apnea, further New Entrant attention and more.

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Economy’s relationship to crash figures and FMCSA’s debated effectiveness in reducing them

FMCSA says it conducted 3.5 million roadside inspections leading to 16,000 estimated prevented crashes. However, crash numbers have steadily risen since 2009, in spite of the efforts of the agency and its CSA program.

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FDA wants stricter standards for some reefer haulers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published Feb. 5 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will require some food haulers to take extra measures when transporting food with the greatest risk for contamination.

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Regs review, CSA, driver pay highlight potential highway-bill action items discussed at MCSAC Day 1

What would you tell the FMCSA to focus on in terms of priority issues for the next highway reauthorization? Find here what FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's diverse membership thinks.

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E-log mandate rule projected to come this month, driver database rule this week

In its monthly update on significant rulemakings, the DOT has again revised the projected date of publication for a rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices, backing it up this time to Feb. 27. The drug and alcohol clearinghouse is projected to be published Friday, Feb. 14.

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Hopping a beverage trailer to D.C.

Follow @channel19todd on Twitter for updates from this week's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting in Alexandria, Va., set to take up highway-bill priorities and CSA, among other topics.

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Introducing ‘Drivers for the TRUE Safety Act’

In November Chris Gadarowski launched the "Drivers for the 'TRUE Safety Act'" Facebook page as a grassroots gathering point for those in favor of the bill’s call for an independent hours review attendant to a rollback of changes made last July.

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FMCSA shuts down an owner-operator, company driver for intoxication, other violations

FMCSA announced Feb. 7 it had issued imminent hazard out-of-service order to a Tennessee-based owner-operator and a Florida-based truck driver for issues related to being intoxicated while driving.

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Hours of service exemptions for propane haulers extended to March 1

The hours of service waivers issued for propane haulers in the South, East and Midwest have been extended to March 1, pushed back from their previous end date of Feb. 11.

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