Regulations

Mailbag: ELD choice — ‘wait and see’ mode a hope for common sense?

Among other voices responding to recent ELD market, privacy reports: "Most experienced, knowledgeable professionals still hold out hope that some common sense will prevail in the government to recognize any positive impact on safety will not be due to the implementation of ELDs."...

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Truck operator fired for refusing to drive amid HOS concerns could get $275k from carrier

NFI fired the driver in 2012, a day after he refused to deliver a load to its original destination. OSHA says severe weather, flooded roads, traffic and crashes caused the trip to take much longer than anticipated. Per OSHA, the driver “believed he lacked sufficient time to complete the deliver and return home without violating" hours regs.

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APU weight-exemption guide, state by state

Wide variability in state law governing weight exemptions for owner-operators utilizing APUs is what drove the creation of this chart, showing just what states allow for the 400- or 550-lb. federally encouraged weight exemptions.

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TrailerTail manufacturer asks DOT for mounting exemption

Stemco is seeking an exemption from federal regulations to move certain lights on van trailers lower to allow its TrailerTails to maximize their aerodynamic effect.

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New rule to cut truck emissions, implement fuel economy minimums moves to White House

The standards will begin taking effect for trailers in 2018. Tractor requirements take effect in 2021. The plan goes through 2027, when the entire vehicle ­­– engine, truck and trailer – will be required to meet the standards.

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POLL: Have hours of service violations been an issue for your business?

With more states showing evidence of ramping up hours of service enforcement in recent years, have violations been an issue for your business?

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Supreme Court rejects trucker’s request to intervene in ELD lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a trucker’s formal request to intervene in the lawsuit brought against the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, siding with a lower court that also barred the trucker from intervening in the case.

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ELD market: The ‘wait-and-see’ approach to implementation

A third of owner-operators surveyed indicate they would wait a considerable time -- most pending outcome of OOIDA's lawsuit -- before making a decision on just what to do relative to ELD acquisition.

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DOT issues rule to require truck passengers to wear seat belts, hold truckers accountable

The agency's rule will “hold motor carriers and drivers responsible” for making sure passengers in their trucks wear seat belts, the agency says. The rule will take effect Aug. 8.

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FMCSA extends comment period for potential sleep apnea rulemaking

Commenters looking to weigh in on the effects a potential sleep apnea rule would have on truck drivers and the trucking industry now have an extra month to do so.

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