Regulations

When regulation hurts worse than paltry pay

When nearly two-thirds of truckers (for owner-operators alone, 71 percent), working ridiculously long hours for modest pay, are far more aggravated over regulations and lack of respect than they are money, something’s amiss. It’s no surprise that turnover stays high.

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MCSAC policy panel’s long shift toward safety advocates

How it happened: When the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee began meeting in 2007, it had four members with direct involvement in trucking. Today, there are three direct trucking members. Over the same period, representatives of safety-advocacy groups more than doubled from two to five.

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Owner-operators can now comment on DOT’s proposed speed governor mandate

FMCSA and its sister agency NHTSA are seeking feedback for 60 days on a proposed rule to require trucks to use speed governors. Potential speed limits are 60, 65 and 68 mph. Click here to find the link where owner-operators can comment on the rule.

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The biggest little voice in trucking

How self-styled safety-advocacy groups won over the federal government, and some trucking interests themselves, to influence trucking regulation.

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Hours of service changes on the docket as Congress reconvenes for fall session

Congress must take action this fall to prevent the 34-hour restart from falling out of hours of service code.

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Trucking orgs split on speed limiters

“Highways are safest when all vehicles travel at the same relative speed,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “This wisdom has always been true and has not ever changed.” Other groups disagree.

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Group questions DOT on hazmat regs pertaining to Calif. meal, rest breaks

The National Tank Truck Carriers says California's meal and rest break requirements weren't made with hazmat haulers or federal hours-of-service regulations in mind.

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Truck speeds set to be governed: More insights into proposed DOT rule

More on the DOT's proposal to mandate speed governors on heavy-duty trucks: The speeds operators can expect to be limited to and the equipment that may fall under the mandate.

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Choking down the milk and cookies

If FMCSA's not going to remove the 30-minute break (aka the 'milk and cookie' break in the words of more than one operator) as requested by CVSA, there may well be rationale for reducing its severity weighting in the CSA Safety Measurement System.

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FMCSA denies inspectors’ request to rescind 30-minute break rule

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance filed a petition last year asking FMCSA to rescind the rule, saying it was difficult to enforce, allows greater opportunity for falsified duty logs and contributes little to on-highway safety. FMCSA, however, denied the petition, saying it disagrees with CVSA's assertions.

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