Regulations

Sleep apnea: Problems with one-year medical certification

The Medical Review Board’s preliminary apnea recommendations would enshrine a practice that’s increasingly common with truckers being treated successfully for sleep apnea: a one-year medical certification.

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Debatable accuracy of hard-fast sleep-apnea screening protocol

Overdrive research suggests that false-positive and -negative screening for apnea has been the case for more than a third of readers who’ve experienced the screening.

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Apnea’s wakeup call: Survey results show growing testing incidence, potential impacts of new protocol

A new Overdrive analysis suggests at least one in four owner-operators would be screened for sleep apnea testing under proposed guidelines.

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Trucker shut down by FMCSA after testing positive for meth and causing severe crash

A Utah-based driver has been effectively shut down by FMCSA for failing to complete the return-to-duty process after failing a drug test, but still attempting to operate. He was involved in a bad crash last month.

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Minimum driver training standards rule set to publish next month, DOT says

A DOT rule to implement a core curriculum for initial trucker training and require 30 hours behind the wheel before being issued a CDL is set to publish next month, as is a separate rule to establish a database of truckers who've failed or refused a drug test.

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POLL: What is the top trucking issue from your vantage point?

These 10 issues -- including the ELD mandate and hours of service, CSA, a so-called 'driver shortage and more -- were ranked in this order in ATRI's annual survey of carriers. Which one (or other issue) would you put at the top of your most pressing issues list?

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Truckers remain mostly opposed to speed limiter rule as comments pour in

Of the nearly 3,000 comments made on the Department of Transportation's proposed rule to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks, many are from truckers opposed to the rule. Commenters cite congestion, danger of variable speeds and overburdensome regulations as the key reasons for opposition to the mandate.

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Court rules overweight truckers can be ordered for sleep apnea screening by carrier

A federal court has ruled that Crete Carrier Corp. is within its legal boundaries to require truckers at the company to be tested for sleep apnea if their body mass index is greater than 35.

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New ATA boss says he intends to be more aggressive on lobbying front

The new president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has signaled he intends for the group to take a more aggressive stance against trucking regulations and anti-truck safety groups as head of the trucking lobbying firm.

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FMCSA advisory boards will meet this month to discuss sleep apnea screening rule

Two separate FMCSA advisory boards will meet separately and jointly Oct. 24 to focus on recommendations for a rule to require sleep apnea screening and treatment for at-risk drivers.

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