Regulations

Guilty until proven innocent: Answering key sleep-apnea questions

| September 04, 2014

As new medical certification processes come into play, more drivers are being asked to get sleep apnea testing. Some are asking questions, getting varied answers – and being taken off the road prematurely.

Speed limiters not ‘worth the hassle’: More voices on potential mandate

| August 29, 2014

Michael Goodman, among others: "Forcing speed limiters will make roads less safe and be another unnecessary cost to the millions of truck owners in the United States."

Petition circulated on “right to carry” for driver self-defense

| August 28, 2014

A new "right to carry" petition is being circulated by SBTC's James Lamb. It's collecting signatures in an attempt to demonstrate that there's support for easing many interstate drivers' ability to legally travel with firearms.

Will FMCSA ‘un-ring’ the CSA alarm?

| August 27, 2014

Reader Thomas Little may best have paraphrased the thoughts of many: With CSA, "FMCSA fully intended" to "let the industry do their policing for them. Spoon-feed the detailed data into the marketplace to drive consumer choice of motor carrier ... and then stand back and pretend that wasn't how CSA was supposed to be used... They won't be able to unring that bell."

Coercion rule comments: Hours still the problem, ‘coercion’ needs definition

| August 26, 2014

Common themes of regulatory criticism popped up often in the public comments offered on DOT's proposed driver coercion prohibition rule, like the new pressures and restrictions caused by the agency’s 2013 hours-of-service rule and holding shippers, receivers and brokers accountable.

Coalition of trucking groups calls for removal of public CSA scores

| August 26, 2014

Ten trucking groups sent a letter to the DOT pleading for the public scores in the CSA program to be removed from public view, pointing to research that says the scores are not a reliable predictor of safety.

Ontario court to hear challenge to speed limiter law

| August 25, 2014

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has agreed to hear a challenge to province’s speed limiters law. The next step will be for the province’s highest court to schedule oral arguments before a three-judge panel.

CSA changes: Agency implements plan to account for due process in inspection citations

| August 25, 2014

Violations against drivers or carriers that are dismissed or result in a “not guilty” ruling will no longer count in Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring nor on driver Pre-Employment Screening Reports, FMCSA says.

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