Regulations

FMCSA shuts down owner-operator following bevy of maintenance violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced April 9 it has issued an imminent hazard out-of-service order — effectively a shutdown — to Carnell Pompey, a one-truck owner-operator doing business as Mortise Trucking Company.

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Toll roads trend in recent decade as new toll mileage well outpaces total system growth

Tolled Interstate mileage grew by about 17 percent in the 2003-2013 time frame, while total Interstate mileage grew by just over 2 percent.

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OOIDA tries to join Teamsters’ case against FMCSA, cross-border trucking as intervenor

Following the Teamsters March-filed lawsuit against the Department of Transportation over its expansion of the cross-border trucking, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association this week announced it seeks to join the driver union’s litigation.

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Concrete haulers granted exemption to hours-of-service provisions; fireworks haulers request one

FMCSA last week granted an exemption to ready-mix concrete haulers from the agency’s 30-minute break requirement implemented in the 2013 hours-of-service changes. It's also considering a temporary exemption for pyrotechnics haulers.

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FMCSA’s hours-of-service restart study: Congressman writes DOT to note concerns about trucker participants

Hanna’s letter includes four key points to Foxx and FMCSA that he says should be considered for the study, including — perhaps of most concern for the study’s efficacy — ensuring selection of drivers that “are truly representative of the industry,” Hanna writes.

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S.D. adds Drivewyze bypass

The smartphone-based bypass service is now available in 545 locations in 34 states, including some mobile inspection sites. More data here on South Dakota inspection rankings.

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FMCSA set to increase fines for some safety reg violations

Violation of certain federal safety regulations are about to get a little more expensive.

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White House highway bill would also open existing Interstate lanes to tolling

In an otherwise low-drama bill introduction, one provision in the bill has struck a nerve with some both in the trucking industry and outside of it: If passed the bill would remove the current ban on tolling existing Interstate lanes.

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South Dakota pushes speed limit to 80 mph

Know before you go: Most commercial truck tires are rated at 75 mph max speed -- prolonged running above that will build excessive heat, accelerate wear and could cause blowouts.

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Next round of emissions, fuel economy regs move closer to implementation

The new fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards would go into effect for 2018 model year vehicles, building upon the Phase 1 fuel economy and emissions standards that went into effect last year.

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