Regulations

What owner-operators can expect from FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule

The key difference between the Safety Fitness portion of CSA and the already existing SMS, says FMCSA, will be relativity — or lack thereof. The SFD will score carriers on their individual performance, rather than the percentile rankings produced by the SMS, which compare carriers to their peers.

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E-log, speed limiter mandates delayed, DOT says in latest regulatory report

The DOT has pushed back projected publication dates for several major trucking regulations expected this year, according to its monthly rulemakings report. Here are the dates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expects to publish each.

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Barriers to the next generation of drivers detailed in ATRI’s demographics study

It will be difficult, noted ATRI President Rebecca Brewster, to keep drivers in trucking if "the drivers are forced ... to drive during periods of increased risk" due to the nature of the hours of service regulations.

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Investigators targeted 193 carriers using CSA data in 2014 enforcement blitz

Investigators used driver performance data from the FMCSA’s CSA algorithm to target nearly 200 companies for on-site interventions. Officers also made contact with nearly 20,000 commercial drivers.

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Hours-of-service frustrations, CSA concerns make their way into Foxx’s highway funding visit to House

In the midst of the highway funding talk, lawmakers took the opportunity to air their concerns to DOT head Anthony Foxx about hours-of-service rules, cross-border trucking, CSA and more.

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Rule to require stability control systems on trucks reaches OMB

The rule, which came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is designed to help mitigate rollover and loss-of-control crashes, according to the synopses from NHTSA.

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Entry-level driver training committee members, first meeting announced

The first meeting of the advisory committee is scheduled for Feb. 26-27 in D.C.; among members is owner-operator Bryan Spoon of North Carolina. NPRM hoped for by end of year.

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DOT begins audit of FMCSA’s compliance with 34-hour restart study requirements

The OIG says its objective is to “determine whether FMCSA’s design and implementation of the restart study complies with the requirements of the act.”

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OOIDA: Small biz regulatory bill good for owner-operators, small fleets

A bill making its way through Congress currently — most recently clearing the U.S. House — is being lauded by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association as a win for owner-operators and other small trucking companies.

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TCA chair: E-log mandate to push owner-ops from trucking, drivers should be making minimum $65k

The looming federal rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices will cause “a huge exodus” of owner-operators, says TCA Chairman Shepard Dunn. Also, fleets should pay drivers no less than $65,000 a year, he says.

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