Regulations

Audio: Rich Wilson at MCSAC — ‘We need to hear more from drivers’

Though any FLSA reform wouldn't apply directly to owner-operators, some have made the argument that improved pay conditions for company drivers and corresponding rate-dynamics changes would filter positively throughout the industry.

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California files motion to dismiss part of OOIDA’s lawsuit against emissions regs

CARB has filed a motion o dismiss one of three counts the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has brought against it in a lawsuit challenging its emissions regulations.

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GAO CSA report fallout: More small-carrier inspections on the way?

Some watchers feel that "reprioritizing" inspection criteria to grab and tie up more and more of the "little guys" among carriers on the road might be the onerous result of the GAO's focus on lack of data.

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CSA crash-weighting study coming soon; MCSAC subcommittee hiatus after April meeting

With the Crash Weighting Research Plan study results due before the end of the month and the SFD rulemaking to hit OMB in spring, the MCSAC CSA Subcommittee stressed continuing CSA problems going into its last meeting for the year, if not longer.

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Agency shuts down driver said to have driven 35 hours straight before fatal crash

FMCSA announced it has shut down an Illinois-based driver with an imminent hazard out-of-service order after a fatal crash led to the discovery he had driven well over HOS limits and falsified his logs to conceal the violations.

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May 21 is deadline to begin using National Registry doctors

A somewhat new map-search tool at the registry site is now populated with registered examiners around the country for look-up / forward planning purposes.

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Driver database rule made official: FMCSA unveils rule to implement drug/alcohol clearinghouse

A proposed rule establishing a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test will soon be published, FMCSA announced Feb. 12. The rule would require carriers to upload positive drug test results and query the database annually and when making new hires.

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FLSA reform, parking, detention: MCSAC prioritizes reauthorization recommendations

Reforming employee-driver compensation by removing the FLSA overtime exemption was among top recommendations, likewise expanding truck-parking availability, sleep apnea, further New Entrant attention and more.

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

Economy’s relationship to crash figures and FMCSA’s debated effectiveness in reducing them

FMCSA says it conducted 3.5 million roadside inspections leading to 16,000 estimated prevented crashes. However, crash numbers have steadily risen since 2009, in spite of the efforts of the agency and its CSA program.

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FDA wants stricter standards for some reefer haulers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published Feb. 5 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will require some food haulers to take extra measures when transporting food with the greatest risk for contamination.

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