Regulations

DOT advances rule to build database of truckers who have failed drug tests

FMCSA says the rule is intended to make sure drivers who have tested positive or refused a test have completed the DOT’s return-to-duty process before driving commercially again, and to make sure employers are meeting their drug and alcohol testing responsibilities.

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Data-mining firm: Safety rating rule not much of an improvement over current system

A new analysis by the CSA data-mining firm Vigillo concludes the SFD's roadside-data-only methodology to determine an unfit carrier is ineffective "in identifying a significant number of riskier carriers based on the data alone."

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Audio mailbag: Mandating speed limiters is ‘unsafe, period’, readers say

Requiring speed limiters for nearly all on-highway trucks would be a detriment to highway safety, readers say in this mailbag podcast near universally. And, as one reader noted, regulators "will never find out" unless "they get out on the road with us" to see for themselves.

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E-log transition, week 4: Wes Memphis gets a pay raise, pain and a little more speed in time for a well-needed vacation

Wes Memphis again contemplates packing it in, then: "I decided to just go see the doctor when I got home, and try to make the best of it. Because, like a lot of the old boys out here, this is really all I've got."

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Ky.-based driver shut down after failed field sobriety test, other violations

The officer found in the truck cab a gallon jug of beer, along with drug paraphernalia, including a smoking pipe. A field sobriety test was conducted, which the driver failed. He also had unauthorized passengers in the vehicle.

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OOIDA requests comment period extension on sleep apnea rule

OOIDA has asked the agencies to extend the deadline 60 days from its current May 23 deadline, as a comprehensive study is set to be published in the coming days related to sleep apnea's costs to the industry.

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Proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule comment period closes May 23

The SFD rule would replace the current three-tier federal rating system of “Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory” for carriers with a single determination of “Unfit,” which would require the carrier to either improve its operations or shut down.

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Move in Senate would restore 2013’s 34-hour restart rules, require 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods

The saga to"fix" 34-hour restart regs continues: A Senate measure filed this week would again require truckers’ 34-hour restart to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and limit the restart’s use to once a week. The amendment was filed Tuesday, the same day the House released a plan to permanently nix the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. requirement.

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Lost time, money focal point for drivers during second FMCSA sleep apnea listening session

Costs, both time and money, were big topics of conversation during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Federal Railroad administrations’ “fact-finding” listening session on sleep apnea/operator safety Tuesday, May 17.

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House bill restores 2011 hours of service rules, kills Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking

The measure does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years.

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