Regulations

House bill would force hair drug testing program for truckers

A bill introduced this week into the House would force the U.S. Department of Transportation's hand on making carriers use hair samples to test truckers for drug use as opposed to urine samples if made law.

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Freight, the economy and alt fuels: CCJ Symposium roundup

The Symposium delved into use of natural gas, the future of fuel surcharges, what freight will be like in 2013 and what to look for when buying equipment.

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Agency begins testing for medical examiners

FMCSA has opened scheduling for health-care professionals wishing to obtain certification for the agency's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners — the next step toward the May 2014 compliance date for drivers.

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DOT: Despite state measures, marijuana still illegal for drivers

Marijuana will remain an unauthorized drug for both recreational and medical purposes for truck drivers under the U.S. Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation.

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Ferro: Safety Fitness Determination proposal coming in 2013

A proposed rule that would allow FMCSA to use a carrier's CSA rankings to produce an overall safety rating will come in the first half of 2013, said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.

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Agency allows in-cab camera monitoring to continue

A company conducting research on behalf of the FMCSA has received an exemption to install windshield-mounted camera-based monitoring systems in up to 500 commercial motor vehicles.

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Reader: FMCSA attacks safety ‘from the wrong end of the beast’

"If rates were up where they should be, drivers wouldn’t have to complain about receiving and loading fees one bit."

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Changes to violation weighting, more posted this weekend

Among changes taking place this week are the introduction of a new hazmat-specific BASIC and adjustments in various violation weights.

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New exhaust regulations start Jan. 1

For those making runs in California, be ready — state officials are set to begin Jan. 1 strict enforcement of new regulations for truck exhaust and will be dinging violators about $1,000 per violation.

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PSP 2.0 expands access to driver records, introduces iPhone app

Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program crash/inspection violation history reports are now available to companies involved in hiring decisions beyond just interstate motor carriers.

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