Regulations

Supreme Court denies review of FMCSA’s pilot program with Mexico

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s request to hear its case against the federal cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico.

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Electronic log mandate rule expected this month, along with driver database rule

A proposed rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices is expected to be published by FMCSA Jan. 29. The rule implementing a drug and alcohol clearinghouse of truck drivers is expected to be published Jan. 31.

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FMCSA makes med card retention extension official: Drivers must carry paper copy until 2015

Drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical examiner's certificate until Jan. 30, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Jan. 10.

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Be your own boss: 14 ‘do or die’ compliance duties

Failure to perform these 14 tasks will automatically fail you when the FMCSA comes calling for your New Entrant Safety Audit in the first 18 months you're in business.

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Updated list: Exemptions to hours regs issued in some states for propane, fuel, relief load haulers

In wake of Winter Storm Hercules and the extreme temperatures in impacted states, several states have issued exemptions or waivers of federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers hauling fuel to or in those states.

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New Entrant testing listening session to be webcast Monday

Detail on the Monday, Jan. 13, webcast of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's first listening session on the subject.

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Medical certification deadline update: Extension to 2015 in the works

As the Jan. 30 deadline looms for CDL holders to self-certify their operating and medical credentials with their license-issuing state, drivers may still need to carry paper cards.

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Be your own boss: How to get your own authority

A step-by-step guide to the necessary federal and other filings. Be prepared for paying fees and handling lots of forms.

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Safety fitness rule scheduled for May, as e-log, driver database rule still expected soon

Despite a DOT regulatory update from Tuesday, Jan. 7, that hinted a Safety Fitness Determination rule could come this month, the rule is not actually expected to be published until May 30.

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Trucker who refused to drive awarded back wages, fleet ordered to stop retaliation

Oak Harbor Freight Lines has been ordered by OSHA to pay a former driver back wages and to stop an attendance policy that the department says retaliates against drivers who refuse to drive due to safety reasons.

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