Regulations

DOT nominee Chao says she hopes to balance automated vehicle tech, job displacement

If confirmed to lead the DOT, Chao said she would seek to bolster innovation while also addressing public discomfort with automated vehicles and concerns of those like truck drivers who could be put out of work by such technology, even if such a scenario is years off.

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ELDs on the market today

The most recent update to Overdrive's electronic-log comparison chart, offering quick looks at 30 electronic log providers on or entering the market ahead of FMCSA's late-2017 ELD mandate compliance date, notwithstanding some ongoing challenge efforts.

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Med examiner accused of issuing bogus certifications to thousands of drivers pleads not guilty

A Georgia-based medical examiner who’s been accused by authorities of issuing thousands of fraudulent medical certifications to truck drivers has been indicted. FMCSA has said 6,600 truck operators who received certification from the doc will need to see a new doctor and receive fresh certifications.

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Fleet asks FMCSA to allow its drivers to split sleeper berth time

Dillon wants FMCSA to allow its team drivers to split sleeper berth time into two periods totaling 10 hours – either 5/5, 4/6 or 3/7.

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Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick to lead DOT, names broad top priorities ahead of Jan. 11 Senate hearing

Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Transportation, will appear before a Senate committee next week as part of the nomination and confirmation process for Trump’s incoming administration.

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If Trump really wants to save U.S. jobs …

"If he (Trump) cares about the working man, he’ll stop this talk about driverless trucks.” --Trucker Jerry Jackson in Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial about autonomous vehicle tech threats.

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OOIDA bands with safety groups in asking FMCSA for drive-time minimum in driver training rule

OOIDA and the other petitioners argue the removal of the 30-hour minimum disregards Congress’ intentions for the rule and the consensus established during rulemaking negotiations between FMCSA and industry stakeholders. The rule is set to take effect in three years.

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Montana temporarily relaxes hours-of-service regulations for certain truckers

Winter weather prompted Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to issue an emergency declaration, allowing drivers hauling propane, heating oil and diesel fuel in Montana to be exempt from hours-of-service regulations.

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2016’s top trucking stories: ELD mandate and 34-hour restart survive, Trump on trucking, autonomous truck action and more

Year's top trucking stories include ELDs, hours, Trump and trucking, gliders' potential demise, slow rates and more.

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Fighting tickets: Don’t forget DataQs to clear your PSP/CSA record

While prospective employers/lessors aren’t strictly required to use FMCSA's PSP reports to view prospective drivers’ roadside inspection violations and recordable crashes, plenty do. Any violation marked on an inspection report will be included there going back three years, and any crash, five years.

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