Regulations

ATD chair: Truck dealers need to work to battle ‘over regulation’ like fuel economy, emissions standards

Truck dealers must work with their legislators to battle over-regulation in the form of fuel economy standards and federal emissions standards, said Dick Witcher, outgoing chairman of the American Truck Dealers.

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Driver database rule clears White House, e-log rule delayed

A rule that would implement a driver database detailing drivers' history of failed drug and alcohol test has been approved by the White House. The rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices still hasn't been cleared.

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Agency lifts hours of service rules for propane haulers in the South

Joining propane haulers in the Midwest and Eastern regions, propane haulers in the South are now temporarily exempt from federal hours-of-service regulations in light of cold temperatures and propane shortages around the country.

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‘Haul it for free?': Readers sound off on recent hours study

Wisecracks and ideas on rates following the recent UT Global Supply Chain Institute's study on the new hours of service's economic impact, which noted companies along the supply chain should focus on efficiency rather than raise rates/pass along costs...

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Window tinting group pushes FMCSA for exemption of regs to help driver comfort, health

The International Window Film Association has filed an application for exemption with FMCSA to allow windows to the right and left of drivers to be tinted beyond current federal regulations.

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Trucking — the country’s easiest regulatory target?

Is trucking the easiest industry for regulators to pick on? Could be, writes OD Executive Editor Jack Roberts, who says politicians play to the public's fear of trucks to gain support from voters.

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Study: Shippers should find efficiencies to deal with productivity loss

In the interest of maintaining good relationships with customers, a recent study of the hours of service rule change suggests that companies through the supply chain should not pass any increased costs on, but should instead look for ways to increase efficiency.

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FMCSA broadens ability to revoke authority from carriers who repeatedly violate safety regs

FMCSA has published a final rule expanding its ability to shut down motor carriers who display a pattern of "egregious disregard" for compliance with federal safety rules. The rule will become effective Feb. 21.

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

Hours of service rules waived in 24 states for propane haulers

In response to a request sent to the DOT, FMCSA has issued an hours-of-service exemption to propane haulers in 24 states due extreme temperatures that has caused shortages of propane in affected areas.

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Driver Bettina Cameron ‘Losing It’, New Entrant test backgrounder

Driver Cameron's new Facebook page is dedicated to sharing her story -- she's lost 75 pounds while driving over-the-road in just a year -- to inspire others. Also: More on the New Entrant testing rulemaking under way.

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