Regulations

Comments due Thursday for controversial Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule

The reply comment period for FMCSA's proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule ends Thursday. Since the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in January, it has been met with opposition, not only from trucking industry groups, but also Congress.

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KeepTruckin adds automatic IFTA fuel tax reporting to ELD software

KeepTruckin's ELD users who subscribe to the ELD Plus subscription plan can now automatically calculate the distance traveled in each U.S. and Canadian state or province, the company says.

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Speed limiter rule dates delayed again by DOT, CDL clearinghouse rule on track

The Department of Transportation is once again delaying publication of the potential rulemaking that would require speed limiters on trucks.

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E-log transition epilogue: Wes Memphis answers your questions

After Wes Memphis' final piece is his multipart narrative of the first couple of months following his fleet's transition to e-logs, a few questions came in specific to his operation. In this epilogue to his dispatches, Memphis takes a moment to answer a couple of them.

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Trucking attorney thinks ELD mandate will survive OOIDA’s legal challenge

An attorney this week predicted the current electronic logging device mandate will withstand the legal challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

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Detention data collection phase, regulatory process under way

As required by the FAST Act, DOT will report "on the impact of loading and unloading delays" on the economy, transport efficiency, safety and driver pay/income. Efforts could hold import for hours, detention pay in future.

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DOT looking to ban trucks from Kentucky highway due to frequency of truck crashes

FHWA says the predominant crash type seen on KY 151 involves trucks veering off the road where the road and shoulders are too narrow for trucks.

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FMCSA on ELDs: Longtime ‘government supervision’ of trucking justifies privacy intrusion

Relative to ELDs potential to infringe on truckers’ privacy, FMCSA argues that’s simply part of being a truck driver. Trucking has a “‘long tradition of close government supervision,’” the agency says, citing a 1987 court decision. Truckers should have a lower expectation of privacy while on the job because of it, FMCSA’s lawyers argue in their court brief.

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DOT chief: CSA scores likely to remain hidden for two years pending required changes

“Based on our preliminary assessment, it’s going to take a while to do the revised analysis,” Foxx said, referring to the changes in the CSA score methodology called for by Congress in the 2015 FAST Act. “We expect it to take a year or two, probably more like two, before that information (CSA SMS rankings) will be posted back up.”

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Court strikes down Calif.’s emissions regulations compliance options for owner-operators

A California Superior Court ruled last week to strike down several 2014-made amendments to the state’s strict emissions rules. The amendments meant to give compliance flexibility to owner-operators and other small fleet owners who may have trouble affording equipment upgrades or add-ons to bring their trucks into compliance.

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