Regulations

Owner-operators, public get an extra 60 days to comment on new carrier rating system proposal

FMCSA has extended the comment period for the Safety Fitness Determination rule proposal 60 days, until May 23. The rule would do away with the Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory ratings and replace it with a simple fit or unfit rating.

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FMCSA unveils driver training rule proposal, sets up core curriculum and more for pre-CDL drivers

The DOT released today a proposed rule that would establish a standard curriculum for new truckers receiving their CDL, require minimum driving time during training and set up a registry of FMCSA-approved driver training entities.

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34-hour restart: Readers weigh in on options for its future

With the 34-hour restart remaining in complicated limbo, the results of the polling show that the largest share of Overdrive readers prefer the restart to, simply, remain as it is in the hours of service rules.

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Roadside inspections saved 472 lives in 2012, FMCSA says; Firm contends figures should be higher

More than 470 lives were saved in 2012 due to roadside inspections and traffic enforcement inspections of commercial vehicles, according to data released this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, that number could have been higher, says TransComply, had FMCSA not dropped heavily reduced the number of enforcement inspections in the six years preceding 2012.

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FMCSA’s electronic-log ‘self-certified’ device registry raises enforcement questions

A talk with the first ELD provider listed on FMCSA registry of devices -- and more on the registry itself, listing on which doesn't constitute agency "approval," in the end.

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FMCSA chief Scott Darling’s nomination could proceed in Senate on Thursday

A Senate committee is scheduled to vote on whether to advance President Obama's nomination of Darling to head FMCSA. Darling must still be confirmed by the full Senate before becoming FMCSA's administrator.

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Federal vs. state authority over truckers’ breaks and pay a growing debate in aviation bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer held a press conference Thursday to decry the return of the measure, calling it an anti-trucker, anti-safety provision. ATA, however, disagrees, calling the measure a necessary means to preventing a patchwork of state-to-state rules.

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Major carrier again ordered to pay big payout to driver following refusal-to-drive firing

Brandon Hopper claims he was “confronted and baited” by Marten to resign in July 2013 after he refused to haul two allegedly overweight loads and three other loads because, he claims, he would have been in violation of hours of service regulations.

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‘Absolute measure’ scores to return to public CSA SMS with next update

Contrary to prior reports, FMCSA is not done with substantive additions to the interim CSA SMS public display -- carriers' "absolute measures," which underly the hidden percentiles in each BASIC category, will return in March to public view.

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CVSA to FMCSA: Scale back on hours and other exemptions

The burden being placed on roadside inspectors by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is becoming excessive, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says, because of the large number of exemptions being granted to drivers and carriers.

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