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February 17, 2017

Trucking Alliance Pulls Hard for Hair-Testing

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (a.k.a. “Trucking Alliance”) has submitted a set of comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to support a petition calling for motor carriers to be exempt from having to use urinalysis to test for drug use by CDL driver applicants.

February 14, 2017

Trump’s Two-For-One Regulatory Fiat Spurs Court Challenge

A lawsuit brought by two high-profile public advocacy groups and a prominent labor union seeks to block the executive order signed by President Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue.

February 3, 2017

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard After 2 Alcohol-Related Arrests

After Tennessee truck driver Eric Ronald Scott was arrested in for two alcohol-related events, FMCSA ordered him to not operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

February 1, 2017

Trump ‘Freeze’ Only Technically Delays Driver-Training Rule

Thanks to a “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” issued by the White House, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has “temporarily delayed” the effective date of its final rule on minimum entry-level CDL training requirements.

January 17, 2017

FMCSA Suspends Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the rollout of its new online Unified Registration System until technical issues are resolved.

January 17, 2017

FMCSA Begins Annual Drug Testing Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days.

January 12, 2017

Driver Detention Rule Shelved For Now

A federal rule regulating driver detention may be shelved for the foreseeable future.

January 10, 2017

Q&A: TCA's David Heller on the Regulatory Landscape

Late last month, HDT quizzed David Heller on how the trucking regulatory landscape might shape up this year. He’s got an excellent vantage point on all that, having recently been promoted by the Truckload Carriers Association from director of safety and policy to vice president of government affairs.

December 29, 2016

7 Rules to Watch in ‘17

Donald Trump has yet to be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, so it's still far too soon to confidently predict how his stated goal of reducing the federal regulation of American business will be met in 2017.

December 27, 2016

Massachusetts Carrier Put Out of Service After Fatal-Crash Investigation

After a fatal crash that killed two passengers, including a 5-year old boy, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigation revealed Kamway Services and its owner to be in violation of multiple federal safety statutes and regulations.

December 15, 2016

FMCSA Again Delays Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has again delayed implementation of the final stage of its Unified Registration System for new motor carriers.

December 13, 2016

FMCSA Keeps Controlled Substance Random Testing Rate

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25% for 2017.

December 12, 2016

FMCSA Administrator Gets Glimpse of Life on the Road

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Scott Darling last week got a taste of life on the road when he went for a ride with Women In Trucking Association’s Stephanie Klang, a professional driver for truckload carrier CFI based in Joplin, Missouri.

December 12, 2016

Congress Completes Hours-of-Service Fix

Special legislation that contains language to fix the legislative glitch that threatened use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers passed the Senate late Friday night, Dec. 9.

December 7, 2016

FMCSA Finally Issues Final Rule on Driver-Training Standards

A very long-awaited final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements was announced on Dec. 7 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

December 2, 2016

FMCSA Approves Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

The long-anticipated final rule to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers has at last been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

November 30, 2016

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Alternative Medical Certification for VA Physicians

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a proposal that would establish an alternative certification process for Department of Veteran’s Affairs physicians to be added it its list of certified medical examiners.

November 18, 2016

ELD Exemption Fever

The initial compliance date for the FMCSA’s final rule known as the ELD mandate is December 18, 2017. Are any of your drivers exempt from the electronic logging device mandate?

November 17, 2016

FMCSA Online Systems to be Down Starting Nov. 17

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has advised that a scheduled outage of its online information systems will take place starting today at 9:00 p.m. EST and extend through Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

November 14, 2016

OOIDA Challenging Rule with Sleep Apnea Referral Requirement

A court challenge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule on medical examiner’s certification integration has been initiated by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

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