Regulations

Potential trucker sleep apnea rulemaking takes step forward

A data collection effort by the U.S. DOT intended to gauge how many truck operators have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has taken a step forward in the federal rulemaking process and could be published by year’s end.

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ELD mandate represents a ‘piece of freedom’ under threat, say readers

Audio: Three views of the ELD mandate show the strong opposition felt among many -- meantime, more debate on the pre-2000 model year exception and just who benefits most, by the numbers.

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Trailer underride guard mandate proposed by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to require rear impact guards on the back of trailers.

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OOIDA petitions federal court to block ELD mandate, says it intends to fight rule ‘with everything we have’

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to review the agency’s coming electronic logging device mandate, unveiled last week and set to take effect in late 2017.

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White House clears rule to set up new FMCSA system to score, target carriers

Few details are known about what the rule entails. According to the agency’s regulatory summary, it would give FMCSA a new system to “determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate.” It’s unclear whether recent Congressional action to remove CSA rankings from public view will impact the SFD rule, however.

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Don’t freak out, man

If ELDs are to be mandated, more work needs to be done: "Maybe we shouldn't freak out, but we should definitely make our concerns loud and public during this two year transition period."

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Date to ditch paper logs: Dec. 18, 2017

Set your timer, and start the process of wishing your paper logs a fond farewell.

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The new cost of e-log compliance and FMCSA’s denial of small business exemption

Following a comment dust-up over the real costs of compliance of an ELD mandate, the agency relaxed certain portions of required device spec's in the mandate's ultimate version. But it also blocked attempts at exempting small trucking companies from compliance.

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Video: Inside the ELD mandate

Overdrive editors Todd Dills and James Jaillet discuss the Dec. 10 announced rule requiring truck drivers to use electronic logging devices to maintain records of duty status, breaking down the rule's general hardware spec's, pre-2000 exemption, smartphone compliance and more.

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CSA reform package in highway bill includes added incentive/bonus program for motor carriers

The "Beyond Compliance" incentive/credit program's inclusion in the highway bill ensures its regulatory pursuit. Inclusion follows exploration of the idea by FMCSA and numerous commenters earlier this year.

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