Regulations

DOT tells appeals court federal law does not supersede Calif.’s lunch break law

Federal preemption does not prevent California's meal-and-rest regulations from applying to truck drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation told an appellate court this week.

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House approves bill to exempt some fuel haulers from hours regs until May 31

U.S. House members have approved a measure that would extend hours-of-service exemptions for propane and home heating fuel haulers to May 31.

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Agency, states waive hours rules for fuel haulers, some food and relief load haulers

In light of severe cold temperatures impacting much of the country and some nationwide fuel distribution problems, FMCSA and some states have continued issuance of hours-of-service waivers for fuel haulers and, now, some other relief loads, like road salt, food and livestock.

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Appeals court rolls smaller lawsuit against FMCSA data into OOIDA’s broader DataQs suit

Based on jurisdictional grounds, a U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. has transferred a case brought against the FMCSA and its inability to remove violations from a carrier or driver's safety record if the violation is dismissed in court or the carrier is found not guilty.

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Industry stakeholders tell Congress size and weight increase good for economy, efficiency

Upping the size and weight limits for trucks on U.S. roads would reduce traffic, help road conditions and help the trucking industry absorb growth in the next few decades, said representatives of fleets, manufacturing and transportation planning at a House hearing held Feb. 27.

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Hey, over here! Obama’s fuel efficiency sideshow

There’s much more to be gained regarding fuel use and emissions by improving our crumbling, cramped infrastructure, as Werner Enterprises President Derek Leathers said in response to the Obama announcement.

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House bill would extend hours of service waivers for fuel haulers to end of May

A bill introduced in the House this week would if passed extend the exemptions to hours of service rules for propane and home heating fuel haulers to May 31, essentially taking measures beyond what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is capable of.

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‘Zero highway deaths’ goal needs general public target

Regulators' ultimate goal pondered, in light of the laundry list of highway-bill recommendations the MCSAC delivered to Congress two weeks back.

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Onboard recorder mandate set to miss another publication date

The long-expected re-release of the DOT rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (also known as Electronic Onboard Recorders) seems poised to once again miss an expected date of publication.

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Tightened fuel economy regs: OOIDA warns of higher truck costs, ATA and truck makers generally supportive

OOIDA says increased fuel economy standards will drive up the price of new trucks, while one trucking researcher says the cost of overall truck ownership will drop, despite the price increase. Truck makers, too, say they support increasing fuel use standards for trucks.

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