Regulations

Chart shows just how long a 34-hour restart actually takes

An interactive infographic posted by the Journal of Commerce shows how a "34-hour" restart can become much more than 34 hours.

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Safety board recommends trucks be connected to avoid crashes

NTSB has made recommendations to other DOT agencies in response to a truck and school bus crash. One of them is that all vehicles on the road be connected via wireless technology.

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E-logs, driver database, vehicle reports on FMCSA’s agenda

An rule mandating use of electronic logs is still slated to be proposed in November, the DOT said this week. It also expects to publish the drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule later this year.

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Weighing in on the hours changes

Reader response to the hours changes that went into effect July 1 show operational limitations, with implications for revenue.

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Looking for flexibility in the hours revision’s on-duty definitions change

Observers and readers note the gray area in the change, where logging extended downtime waiting at shippers/receivers off-duty could be more easily interpreted as legal under news rules and off-duty regs guidance.

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House bill would increase trucking insurance minimum by millions

A bill referred to the House's transportation committee last week would raise the minimum insurance required by trucking companies from $750,000 to $4,422,000.

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Severity weights, out-of-service protocol for new hours rules

States are likely to treat rest-break violations differently, some requiring the offending driver to sit for the break, but it should not be marked as an official out-of-service violation, says CVSA.

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Broker organization sues over hike in bond requirement

AIPBA alleges FMCSA violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, given the agency did not conduct rulemaking to raise the minimum required broker bond from $10K to $75K, slated to go into effect October 1.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Greening America’s fleet: The effects of EPA’s regulations on exhaust emissions

Infographic details how federal emissions standards implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reduced the amount of NOx and particulate matter from trucks and equipment.

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Hours-of-service break requirement top issue with new regs, enforcers say

Though it's too soon to know exactly how enforcement of the new hours-of-service regulations are faring, the enforcement community to this point has noticed some confusion and many questions regarding the required 30-minute break.

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