Regulations

EPA investigating concerns about glider kit emissions research

Kenworth W900L Glider

EPA said Tuesday it will investigate questions surrounding a 2017 study used to justify regulations that cap annual production of glider kit trucks. Lawmakers from the House's Oversight Committee asked EPA to look into whether EPA staffers steered the study's results improperly.

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Second HOS listening session set for next week in D.C.

The session will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at the Department of Transportation offices from 1-3 p.m. Drivers who cannot attend the session in person can watch and participate through a live webcast.

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Hopeful and careful-what-you-wish-for dynamics in reader commentary in wake of FMCSA’s hours moves

Everybody's favorite subject of debate -- the hours of service rule -- has engendered plenty among Overdrive's mostly owner-operator readers.

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How to make effective comments on hours change

This could be the regulatory change that affects your daily life more profoundly than any other for years to come. Don’t miss the chance to draw upon your valuable experience and make your voice heard.

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Listen: Owner-operators relay their hours suggestions, concerns to FMCSA

The podcast here rounds up public oral comments from FMCSA's Aug. 25-held public listening session on hours of service reforms. Owner-operators took to the mic to make their recommendations and anecdotes pertaining to the agency's review of hours of service regs.

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POLL: Is considering driver pay method or driver turnover rate appropriate in carrier safety scores?

The National Academies turned some heads when it offered carrier characteristics like driver pay method and turnover as potential markers of safety to be considered in a revamp of the CSA program. What do you think about such consideration? Weigh in here.

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Watch: FMCSA boss Martinez on what prompted agency’s move to open hours of service discussion

FMCSA's Ray Martinez met with a small group of trucking industry press at the Great American Trucking Show Aug. 25, just days after the agency announced that it is opening discussions around hours of service reforms. See Martinez talk about that -- and ELDs' roles in hours changes -- in the video here.

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Hours reforms process swirling, ATRI and Trucker Nation push sleep studies to back 14-hour flexibility

ATRI has released results of a study that ATRI says lends strong credence to allowing drivers to break up their 10-hour off-duty period (and, thus, their 14-hour on-duty period) into segments. Likewise, Trucker Nation says it leaned on sleep studies to support its proposal to allow drivers to use the same type of split-sleeper flexibility. 

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Devil’s in the data: Regulators seek sources, improvements for CSA revamp at public meeting

The agency largely punted on issues of any future public display of CSA scores output from the new "IRT" model it's developing. That public display is where the proverbial scoring system rubber hit the road in the past in terms of its problematic nature for companies of all sizes around the industry.

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CVSA releases out-of-service criteria app

Access to the OOS criteria via smartphone or tablet is newly available through a mobile app, functional for both Android and iOS devices, that contains "all of the same information that’s currently in the 233-page print version of the handbook," CVSA says.

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