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ATRI Updates Online Idling Regulations Compendium

January 11, 2019

ATRI Updates Online Idling Regulations Compendium

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) published its latest update of state and local idling regulations on its website,TruckingResearch.org. The listing is provided in two forms. An online compendium provides detailed information and hyperlinks to each of the 65 state and local regulations that have been identified. A cab card is also available that provides a consolidated listing which can be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

Department of Transportation Nullifies California Meal and Rest Break Laws

January 2, 2019

Department of Transportation Nullifies California Meal and Rest Break Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has decided that federal law preempts California's rules for meal and rest breaks for truck drivers. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) had petitioned FMCSA to preempt California's rules and this represents a major victory for ATA.

FMCSA Publishes ELD Guide for Truck Drivers

December 5, 2018

FMCSA Publishes ELD Guide for Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a guide for drivers using electronic logging devices (ELDs) to help motor carriers adopt the devices.

President Signs Into Law Bill That Contains Hair Testing Reporting Requirements

October 25, 2018

President Signs Into Law Bill That Contains Hair Testing Reporting Requirements

President Trump on Oct. 24 signed into law comprehensive legislation aimed at combating the nation’s opioid crisis. Of importance to truckstops that operate commercial vehicles, the bill, which cleared the Congress with near-unanimous approval, contains provisions on hair testing for drivers.

NATSO Urges FMCSA to Consider Effects of Regulatory Changes on Truck Parking Utilization

October 12, 2018

NATSO Urges FMCSA to Consider Effects of Regulatory Changes on Truck Parking Utilization

NATSO on Oct. 10 urged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to evaluate and consider any effect that proposed changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations would have on professional truck drivers’ ability to find safe and legal parking when they need it. NATSO filed the comments in response to FMCSA’s August notice regarding revisions to four specific areas of the federal rule that governs truck drivers' sleep and rest.

House Approves FAA Reauthorization Bill Without Trucking Provision

September 27, 2018

House Approves FAA Reauthorization Bill Without Trucking Provision

The House on Sept. 26 voted 398 to 23 in favor of a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization that is expected to be approved by the Senate and could mark one of the last major pieces of legislation to be enacted before the midterm elections.

PHMSA Determines Federal Law Preempts California Break Requirements

September 25, 2018

PHMSA Determines Federal Law Preempts California Break Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) determined that federal law preempts California’s meal and rest break requirements for all motor vehicle operators that transport hazardous materials, granting a request from the National Tank Truck Carriers Association (NTTC).

FMCSA Considers Tweaks to Hours-of-Service Regs

August 21, 2018

FMCSA Considers Tweaks to Hours-of-Service Regs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Aug. 21 announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of the federal rules that govern truck driver's sleep and rest, also known as Hours of Service.

FMCSA Administrator Testifies on ELDs and Hours-of-Service Regulations

May 22, 2018

FMCSA Administrator Testifies on ELDs and Hours-of-Service Regulations

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez testified before federal lawmakers on a number of trucking regulations May 22, including the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate as well as efforts to prevent states from creating a patchwork of meal and rest rules for interstate truck drivers. The testimony was part of a larger hearing examining motor carrier provisions in the last highway bill known as the FAST Act.

Colorado Latest State to Mandate Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

April 20, 2018

Colorado Latest State to Mandate Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

Colorado recently became the third state to mandate human trafficking training for commercial truck drivers. Effective this summer, people seeking a new Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) are required to complete a 30-minute course teaching them how to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking under a new law signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

FMCSA Grants Fuel Haulers 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption

April 12, 2018

FMCSA Grants Fuel Haulers 30-Minute Rest Break Exemption

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a five-year exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement for truck drivers hauling petroleum products. Effective April 9, under certain conditions, fuel trucks can operate for 12 hours without triggering the rest break requirement.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Train Younger Drivers For Interstate Trucking

March 28, 2018

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Train Younger Drivers For Interstate Trucking

Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Trey Hollingsworth (R-Ind.), with support from the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA), recently introduced legislation that would allow commercial drivers aged between 18 and 21 to engage in interstate trucking.

Trump Administration Eases Transition to ELDs

November 20, 2017

Trump Administration Eases Transition to ELDs

The Trump Administration is offering truck drivers a nearly four-month window to start complying with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule set to take effect Dec. 18.

Senate Committee Approves Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation Sans Truck Policy

October 4, 2017

Senate Committee Approves Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation Sans Truck Policy

The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee unanimously approved self-driving vehicle legislation Oct. 4. The legislation passed without regulation for commercial trucks after Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) withdrew his amendment that would have modified S. 1885, the American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advacement of Revolutionary Technologies Act so that it would apply to commercial trucks.

Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

September 14, 2017

Senate Convenes Hearing on Automated Trucks

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing Sept. 13 to explore automated vehicle technology for commercial trucks – including testing and deployment challenges as compared with highly-automated vehicles. Of interest to NATSO members, the hearing focused on whether separate standards should be required for highly-automated passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, and the potential employment challenges autonomous technology will have on the trucking industry. Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) on Sept. 8 released draft legislation on self-driving vehicles. Currently, the Thune-Peters draft legislation does not include regulations for commercial trucks.

DOT Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

August 7, 2017

DOT Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule

Two agencies within the Department of Transportation announced Aug. 4 that they will no longer pursue a regulation concerning obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), determining that current safety programs and other rules addressing fatigue are more appropriate avenues.

Arkansas Mandates Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

July 13, 2017

Arkansas Mandates Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Truck Drivers

Effective July 31, Arkansas drivers with a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) are required to complete a course teaching them how to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking under a new law signed by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review ELD Mandate

June 23, 2017

Supreme Court Denies Petition to Review ELD Mandate

The Supreme Court earlier this month denied a petition by the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) to review a lower court’s denial of the trade group’s challenge to the Department of Transportation’s rule mandating electronic logging devices in commercial trucks.

Agricultural Groups Seek Truck Weight Increase Pilot Program

June 21, 2017

Agricultural Groups Seek Truck Weight Increase Pilot Program

A group of primarily agricultural transportation stakeholders is urging Congress to support a pilot program that would allow up to 10 states to opt-in to to allow 91,000 pound, six-axle bridge formula-compliant trucks on federal Interstate Highways.

OOIDA Petitions Supreme Court to Review ELD Mandate

April 14, 2017

OOIDA Petitions Supreme Court to Review ELD Mandate

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a review of a lower court’s denial of the trade group’s challenge to the Department of Transportation’s rule mandating electronic logging devices in commercial trucks.

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