Regulations

MATS New Entrant listening session yields new ideas

Among voluminous thoughts on New Entrant testing, responding to commentary from owner-operator Michael Potwin Anne Ferro revealed that the agency's plan to downgrade adjudicated citations' violation weight in the CSA system could be in place as early as this summer.

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Seminar: Medical registry rule upping urgency of sleep apnea testing

The looming deadline for truckers to be medically certified by examiners approved by FMCSA has ratcheted up the pressure for those who may be at risk for sleep apnea to be tested and treated, said a speaker this week in Louisville, Ky.

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URS: FMCSA begins deactivating carrier authorities with update-enforcement provision

Part of the rationale for the system is a clean-up of FMCSA data – the agency has begun deactivating motor carrier authorities that are not being actively updated by set deadlines, depending on the motor carrier.

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Agency publishes logging device rule, taking public comment for 60 days

FMCSA's electronic logging device mandate proposal has been published in the Federal Register, and the agency will accept public comment on the proposed rule until May 27.

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Roadside inspections, ELDs, treadle-valve corrosion discussed at MATS seminar

Topics debated at the FMCSA's "roadside inspection" session at the Mid-America Trucking Show...

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Hours rule waivers for propane haulers extended as Obama signs exemption bill

Propane haulers in 36 states are exempt from federal hours-of-service regulations until May 31, as President Barack Obama signed a bill into law March 21 that extends waivers first granted in February by FMCSA.

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Anti-ELD petition to White House launched; more voices on the mandate

Language of the petition, which has a goal of 100,000 signatures collected by April 18, reflects voices of opposition among many Overdrive readers, approximately 3 of every 4 according to recent polling.

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Agency orders two carriers to shut down for myriad of violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this week it has shut down two separate trucking companies, issuing both imminent hazard out-of-service orders for various violations.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Charts: ‘Driver satisfaction’ unchanged, despite weather, regulatory changes

Despite severe winter weather and "renewed economic and regulatory pressures" on trucking, drivers were no more dissatisfied with their jobs in the winter of 2014 than they were two and a half years earlier, according to charts from Stay Metrics.

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Author: ‘U.S. law in need of simplification, basic human empathy’

"Overhaul and simplify the law to release the energy and passion of Americans so that we can begin to address the challenges of our society." --Philip K. Howard, from a 2010 talk that rings with messages directly applicable to trucking

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