Regulations

Trucking groups urge Congress to suspend hours of service restart rules; Foxx urges otherwise

| December 08, 2014

Several trucking industry groups offered their support over the weekend for Congressional action that would suspend two key provisions of hours-of-service rules for truck drivers and make FMCSA better justify the rule.

Congress could force FMCSA to suspend hours of service restart rules

| December 05, 2014

A major spending bill in the works in Congress could include a major provision for the trucking industry: Direction to suspend parts of the 2013 federal hours of service rule.

Apnea clarification unlikely in short term to remedy the condition’s growing importance in medical certifications

| December 04, 2014

Though FMCSA says it will send a bulletin to medical examiners to clarify its guidelines on screening drivers for sleep apnea, it's unlikely medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term driver medical certifications contingent on apnea testing will be affected.

Senator: FMCSA should vet driver records to help prevent ‘chameleon’ carriers

| December 04, 2014

Sen. Schumer says the agency needs to review driver safety records when a carrier applies for authority. FMCSA spokesperson Marissa Padilla says the agency has “taken aggressive steps” in recent years to better vet new entrant carriers and upped fines for carriers who do reincarnate.

Driver sleep apnea screening: FMCSA to issue clarification to medical examiners

| December 02, 2014

Medical examiners in FMCSA’s registry will soon be receiving a bulletin from the agency to clarify current federal rules — or lack thereof — regarding screening and testing drivers for sleep apnea.

Major carrier wants exemption from driver training rules requiring front-seat CDL holder

| December 02, 2014

Reefer giant C.R. England wants FMCSA to exempt it from the rule requiring commercial learner’s permit holders to be accompanied in the front seat by CDL holders after passing skills test/before receiving CDL.

FMCSA’s liability insurance questions: Before rulemaking, agency asks trucking about premiums, adequacy of coverage, self-insurance and more

| December 01, 2014

Carriers have until Feb. 26 to offer their formal input on FMCSA's request for input on a potential liability insurance increase. Here are some of the topics and questions the agency is seeking trucking’s input on.

FMCSA publishes official notice of insurance increase consideration, looking for industry input

| November 27, 2014

FMCSA announced Nov. 26 it is seeking trucking industry input on a potential rulemaking that would increase the $750,000 minimum amount of liability insurance motor carriers must have.

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