Regulations

Trump calls on agencies to remove two regulations for every new one

President Trump in his second full week in office continues his crusade against new and existing federal regulations. Trump signed an executive order Monday directing federal agencies to eliminate two “prior regulations” for “every new regulation issued.”

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DOT wants to start testing truckers for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids

The Department of Transportation this week proposed adding four commonly abused opioids to the list of drugs that drivers must be screened for in urine analysis tests.

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DOT Secretary nominee Chao in line for seven-figure Wells Fargo cashout upon assuming DOT job

Elaine Chao is in line for what could be a multi-million-dollar payout from Wells Fargo should she be confirmed as the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary, according to her financial disclosure form filed with the U.S. Senate and reports of her Wells Fargo stock’s value.

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Transportation unions look to delay carriers’ driver drug testing request

The Transportation Trades Department, part of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), has requested an extra 60 days to comment on the request beyond the current Feb. 21 deadline.

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California bill would add behind-the-wheel training minimum for new truckers

The bill would require 30 hours of driving for a Class A CDL. The bill would restore the requirements proposed by FMCSA last May but not adopted in the agency's final driver training standards rule published in December. But they'd only apply to California-based applicants.

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Foiling the truck-hackers, ELD edition: Vigilance needed from all quarters of the industry

Might the future bring malicious programming attacks on the electronic systems controlling vehicles? Cybersecurity researchers have shown it's possible, but no actual hack has been documented. One operator's story of ELD/ECM malfunction, however, raises question the industry needs to continue to ask.

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Trump’s regulatory freeze could delay FMCSA driver training rule published in December

A January 20 order issued by President Trump to federal agencies directing them to halt publication of new and pending regulations could affect a freshly published rule setting training standards for new truck drivers.

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Chao approved by Senate committee to run DOT, nomination moves to full Senate

Her nomination now moves to the full Senate. For Chao to be confirmed to run the DOT and serve in Trump's Cabinet, a majority vote is needed in the Senate. Chao's confirmation is expected to see little opposition.

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POLL: Should hair testing be allowed in lieu of urine-based drug tests?

With some larger carriers pushing the federal government to allow hair-sample testing as a substitute for required urine testing of drivers, what's your view on the practice? Should it be allowed, or not?

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Unclear how Trump’s freeze on regs, Obamacare relaxer will impact trucking

An FMCSA spokesperson said the impact of Trump's memo on pending regulations is “being assessed.” But regulations already made law, like the electronic logging device, are likely to be untouched.

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