Regulations

FMCSA makes some hours exemptions permanent

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has retroactively adopted several regulations required by the FAST Act highway bill dealing mainly with exemptions.

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Minor changes made to inspection regulations

A few minor changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) remove the ability for carriers to use roadside inspections as their required annual inspection, as well as clarify rules on correcting violations found during roadside inspections and more.

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FMCSA delays implementation date of URS online carrier registration portal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delayed the final implementation of its Unified Registration System until Jan. 14, 2017.

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Rules on CDL clearinghouse, speed limiters still set for summer publication

The DOT removed a projected publication date for Phase II of the greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards in its latest regulatory report. A proposed rule to mandate speed limiters is still expected this summer.

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FMCSA officially has new boss as Senate confirms Darling to head agency

The U.S. Senate on July 14 confirmed by voice vote T.F. Scott Darling as the new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Daring has run the agency on an interim basis since the August 2014 departure of Anne Ferro.

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Lawmaker again looking to protect gliders from upcoming emissions regs

Passage of the amendment in the House, which also has the support of independent retailers of glider kits, is the first step to inclusion in a final appropriations bill for 2017.

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Report: Small carriers being hammered by bad rates, slow freight

Shippers are “pounding on rates,” the report says, referring to the present pricing situation as “rate carnage.” Small carriers like owner-operators are having a hard time keeping up, the report says.

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FMCSA proposes raising CSA crash threshold to three crashes before score is calculated

Under the agency’s proposed change carriers would need to record three crashes in the rolling 24-month period before crashes would enter into their CSA scores.

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Inspections: Top 10 states where enforcement’s hot

Maryland and California maintain the No. 1 and No. 2 spots atop the list of the most-intense states for total inspections, measured per lane-mile of National Highway System in the state's borders.

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How the potential gold mine of ELD data could hurt you

The precision and quantity of ELD data available after the mandate could, combined with a new safety-rating scheme, give on-site auditors an extra-effective tool for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis not only of uncovered hours violations, but also moving violations.

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