DOT

From the scene in D.C. and around the country as grassroots groups press against the ELD mandate

This week's Overdrive Radio podcast: Anti-ELD demonstrators in D.C. met with officials at FMCSA offices Thursday after spending Wednesday spread across the city in small groups. Tony Justice on tactics. A sampling of calls from around the country about events this week.

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Truckers can participate in meeting Friday on future of CSA

Friday’s meeting will allow the public to offer input to be considered by FMCSA in the development and implementation of an action plan to address CSA's deficiencies outlined in National Academies of Sciences report. Registration is required for online or in-person attendance.

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Trucking rap sheet: N.Y. doctor sentenced in CDL med exam scheme, Arizona DOT seizes nearly $30k from truck

A former New York doctor has been sentenced for his role in a CDL medical examination scheme, and Arizona DOT officers seized $29,000 from a truck during an inspection.

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DOT withdraws rule to set sleep apnea screening criteria for truckers

A sleep apnea rule would give clarity to medical examiners, carrier employers and drivers themselves about what criteria or combination of criteria would prompt a driver to be referred for an in-lab apnea test. The agency's withdrawal of the rule preserves the status quo.

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Senate DOT bill, unlike House, skips changes to ELD mandate, driver breaks

The Senate’s 2018 fiscal year DOT appropriations does not include any changes to the coming electronic logging device mandate, nor does it include the so-called Denham Amendment, which intends to block states from enacting rest break laws for truck drivers. The House version of the bill does include such reforms.

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Trucking rap sheet: Fleet owner pleads guilty to tax evasion, another CDL testing scheme

A New Jersey trucking company owner pleaded guilty to tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud, while a Georgia-based DOT drug and alcohol screener pleaded guilty to falsifying medical exams and certifications and more.

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DOT bill would nix state-mandated breaks for truckers, exempt livestock haulers from ELD mandate

The House's 2018 DOT funding bill would bar states from requiring carriers to give drivers paid meal and rest breaks, spur FMCSA to adopt CSA reforms and exempt livestock and insect haulers from ELD compliance.

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Report recommends sweeping changes to CSA scoring system

The Congressionally mandated report lists major flaws with the program, along with recommendations for FMCSA to pursue to make the program more fair for carriers and more accurate in assessing their safety risk.

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Supreme Court refuses another trucking case, this one about carriers’ access to drivers’ history

The six driver plaintiffs claimed FMCSA's PSP reports disparaged their reputations and made it harder for them to find work. The courts have also consistently disagreed with OOIDA-backed plaintiffs’ assertions.

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Supreme Court rejects ELD appeal, ending OOIDA’s challenge options

In a win for FMCSA, the Supreme Court has declined to take up OOIDA's challenge, leaving in place a lower court decision that upholds the rule and its Dec. 18 compliance date. OOIDA says it will continue its ELD challenge via Congress and the White House.

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