Topics: Trucking Regulations

FMCSA Proposes Entry-Level Driver Training Rule, Considers Sleep Apnea Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is tackling two new rules aimed at enhancing the safety of commercial motor vehicle operations on the nation’s highways. FMCSA on March 7 published its Congressionally mandated national training standards for entry-level truck and bus drivers that would revise the standards for new interstate and intrastate commercial vehicle operators to obtain a commercial driver license. The agency also jointly published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) with the Federal Railroad Administration that could lead to a requirement that commercial drivers and railroad workers be evaluated for sleep apnea. More

Industry Tackles Hours-of-Service Issues

Congress currently is negotiating two provisions related to truck driver hours-of-service requirements. The first involves the omission of technical language in the fiscal 2016 funding law that essentially would eliminate the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours-of-Service Rule if a congressionally mandated study of the restart provision fails to show safety benefits. The second relates to states' authority to impose mandatory rest and meal breaks on top of federal hours-of-service regulations. More

FMCSA Proposes New Motor Carrier Fitness Determination Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Jan. 21 published its Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the safety fitness methodology used to determine if motor carriers are unfit. More

FMCSA's Darling Testifies on HOS, CSA

Scott Darling III, President Obama’s nominee for the next Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said the National Academy of Sciences will commence its review of the safety scoring program for carriers known as CSA next month. More

FMCSA Reduces Random Required Drug Test Rates in 2016

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reduced the rate for random controlled substances testing to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions from 50 percent. The agency maintained the minimum annual percentage rate for random alcohol testing at 10 percent. More

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Issues Final Electronic Logging Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 10 issued its Final Electronic-Logging Device Rule (ELD), mandating the use of technology by commercial drivers to log their hours of service (HOS) data effective December 2017. More

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Trucking Issues

The five-year, $305 billion highway bill signed into Dec. 4 by President Obama titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) contained several important provisions that stand to affect the trucking industry and the truckstops that also operate commercial vehicles. Below is a brief overview of those issues. More

FMCSA Concludes Data Collection for HOS Restart Study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Oct. 1 that the agency has finished collecting data for its study of the hours-of-service restart provision and that it expects to issue a final report to Congress by year’s end. More

Legislation Would Allow States to Choose Heavier Trucks

U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) introduced legislation that would allow states to decide whether they want to increase truck weight limits to 91,000 pounds from the current 80,000 pound limit. More

House Bill Maintains 34-Hour Restart Suspension, Rejects Insurance Increases

The House has passed its Transportation-Housing spending bill that includes two provisions related to the trucking industry. More

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