Regulations

FMCSA’s driver coercion rule published, blocks carriers, shippers from threatening drivers with loss of pay

The rule will take effect Jan. 29. It puts in place fines of up to $16,000 for carriers, shippers, receivers and brokers who pressure truckers to operate in violation of federal safety rules, such as hours-of-service regs.

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Cleaning your record in Illinois

If you’re armed with a court adjudication of a citation that also was marked as a violation on an Illinois inspection report, and if the charge was pled down or dismissed, you should have little trouble.

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Roadside heat waning in Illinois

After a focus on moving violations led to a dramatic climb up Overdrive’s state inspection-intensity rankings in 2014, the Illinois State Police show signs of backing off.

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Highway funding extended two weeks with President’s signature

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday, Nov. 20, a bill to extend highway funding for two weeks.

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ELDs, hours, parking: Owner-operators’ top 3 critical issues

Considerable fleet/operator common ground is seen in hours of service, CSA, parking and related issues, though the economy ranks higher in Overdrive's list. Plus: Voices on the "Missouri Truck Ferry" project.

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3-truck fleet issued shutdown order by FMCSA over equipment negligence, false logs

Three-truck Ohio-based fleet Garfield Trucking has been issued an effective shutdown order following a roadside inspection that yielded dozens of violations and subsequent noncooperation from the carrier during an FMCSA inspection.

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Congress advances two-week highway bill, now has to Dec. 4 to pass long-term bill

The Senate passed by a quick voice vote midday Thursday a two-week highway funding extension that ensures the country’s roads and bridge account won’t run dry while lawmakers finalize a long-term highway bill.

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Senate nixes 33-foot twin trailer provision in DOT funding bill

The Senate’s original legislation included a provision to increase the tandem trailer limit to 33 feet, but an amendment brought to the Senate floor Wednesday stripped the bill of the provision. Its sponsor calls it a win for small business truckers.

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E-log rule advances, publication expected by month’s end

A federal rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices to keep records of duty status has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, paving the way for the rule to be published by the DOT.

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Regulatory update: E-log rule still expected this year, driver coercion nears publication

Still slated for this year: Rules to mandate e-logs and speed limiters, a driver training rule and an extension to the CSA program.

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