Regulations

ELD mandate: Small fleet owner urges Congress to reconsider, more voices on the mandate

"It’s high time for our government officials to start using some common sense by listening to the voices of experience who know what they are talking about. It’s time to reconsider this mandate to the benefit of all." --Z-Tranz small fleet owner David Morin, based in Morganton, N.C. BONUS; New mailbag podcast on the mandate.

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New truck emissions regs likely to stay in place after election

The best odds for Phase 2 emissions to be struck are for Republicans to take both chambers of Congress and the White House. Even if that happens, it's an uphill battle.

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Hours of service, improper logs lead violations for truckers during Roadcheck, brakes top equipment violation

Inspectors during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual 72-hour International Roadcheck campaign placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, according to numbers released Oct. 20 by CVSA.

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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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