Regulations

House members tell FMCSA to halt carrier rating rule until CSA’s fixed

A group of 36 members in the U.S. House have sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s top dog, Acting Administrator Scott Darling, urging him and his agency to halt work on its new Safety Fitness Determination carrier rating system pending the FAST Act-required reforms to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

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OOIDA expects ruling on ELD mandate by year’s end

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says it expects the courts to rule by year’s end on whether or not to uphold a DOT rule to require truckers to use electronic logging devices to track hours of service.

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Getting to FMCSA’s sleep apnea listening sessions May 12, 17 and 25

The sessions, in downtown Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Ill.; and Los Angeles are not in locales that are particularly truck-friendly. Here find tips on attending and an information source for parking and transport to the sessions.

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Performance-based brake testers (PBBTs) and liquid freight

If you haul liquid bulk, whether in a tanker or in totes, the difficulty of obtaining accurate weights at each wheel end with a PBBT during inspection often produces errors in readings.

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ELD Mandate, with equipment headaches, presents ‘tough call’ for one owner-operator

Weighing the costs of maintenance, truck purchase and operation in the face of the ELD mandate with one owner-operator.

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Fatalities down, injuries way up. What gives?

FMCSA's report says that the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents decreased 5 percent in 2014. The only problem is a conflicting statistic: Injuries in truck-involved wrecks increased by 21 percent. I asked around for explanations.

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Trucking org calls for removal of hours reform in Senate bill, says ELDs should guide new rules

The potential 73-hour cap would be “counterproductive to truck driver safety” and could set a dangerous precedent of politicizing trucking regulations, the Alliance argues, adding that regulators should wait on data derived from the ELD mandate before implementing hours reform.

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Wes Memphis hits a snag with e-logs, missing a load

"Week two of e-logs is in the books" for Wes Memphis, and it came with one big snag when a load he couldn't complete on time without running of hours fell through his wheels...

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New Advantage When Spec’ing a Cummins SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain

Mailbag: Potential 34-hour restart change reinforces elemental hours problems for readers

Given the complexity of the recently proposed 34-hour-restart change, it's no wonder (as you'll hear in this podcast) that a desire for the simplicity of pre-14-hour-rule regs is such a topic of discussion of late.

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The latest on speed limiters: Senate wants DOT to act now

Proponents of a speed limiter mandate, like some trucking lobbyists and so-called safety advocacy groups, appear tired of the DOT dragging its feet in getting the proposed rule published and have asked Congress to intervene.

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