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New Alternative Vision Standard for Commercial Drivers

New Alternative Vision Standard for Commercial Drivers

After years of issuing exemptions on an individual basis for commercial drivers with poor or no vision in one eye, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has adopted a new program for such drivers to become qualified.

January 21, 2022

Younger Driver Pilot Program: DOT Takes First Steps
Biden Administration Plan to Help Trucking Recruit, Retain New Drivers

Biden Administration Plan to Help Trucking Recruit, Retain New Drivers

The Biden administration announced a series of short- and long-term initiatives to address the truck driver shortage, including launching a pilot program for younger drivers and making it easier for trucking companies to use the Registered Apprenticeship program.

December 16, 2021

Audit Finds Shortfalls in National Medical Examiner Registry

Audit Finds Shortfalls in National Medical Examiner Registry

The National Registry of Medical Examiners has been plagued with problems since its rollout in 2014, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has done a poor job of oversight, according to a review by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

January 15, 2021

FMCSA Proposes New Vision Program

FMCSA Proposes New Vision Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to eliminate its federal vision exemption waiver program and instead let medical professionals and motor carriers determine whether drivers with limited vision in one eye may drive commercial motor vehicles.

January 12, 2021

Driver Charged with Killing Cyclists Declared Imminent Hazard
Third-Party CDL Testing From Trainers OK, Says FMCSA
FMCSA Wants to Clarify How States Will Use Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
FMCSA Doubles Random Drug-Testing Percentage for 2020

FMCSA Doubles Random Drug-Testing Percentage for 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doubling the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substance testing for commercial motor vehicle drivers, from 25% to 50% percent, effective Jan. 1.

December 27, 2019

Is There a Better Way to Drug Test?

Is There a Better Way to Drug Test?

DOT-Required urine testing has known shortcomings but in an industry faced with difficulty finding and keeping qualified drivers, some worry that stricter drug-testing protocols will only make the situation worse. Part 4 of HDT's Trucking Under the Influence Series.

October 4, 2019

Q&A: Talking ELDs with FMCSA's Top Compliance Expert

Q&A: Talking ELDs with FMCSA's Top Compliance Expert

We spoke with Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, to get an update on how the changeover from AOBRDs to ELDs is going.

July 1, 2019

What’s Happening with the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

What’s Happening with the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration appears to be making progress in meeting the January 2020 deadline for implementation of its CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for commercial driver’s license holders.

March 15, 2019

Rule Change Reduces Training Duplication for Drivers Upgrading to Class A CDL
New Personal Conveyance Guidance Gives Flexibility to Find Truck Parking

New Personal Conveyance Guidance Gives Flexibility to Find Truck Parking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just announced regulatory guidance that gives drivers a way to deal with one of the most vexing problems with the electronic logging device mandate – finding a safe place to park for the night – as well as clarification for ag haulers on the 150-air-mile exemption.

May 31, 2018

Ferro Discusses Split Sleep Study, CSA, Hours of Service, Electronic Logs at MATS Fleet Forum
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