OOIDA says FMCSA’s hours-of-plan is a good step but also would like to see amendments to prevent coercion and eliminate the 30-minute rest break.
OOIDA’s message this week to FMCSA is that flexibility is the key to hours of service. Also, a well-known trucker checks one off her bucket list.
With Christmas approaching, the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website still wasn’t operational. The website, which allows commercial drivers to confirm which doctors are on the national registry to perform Department of Transportation physicals, originally went down on Nov. 30 and didn’t resume its functionality until Dec. 14. However, the site stopped working again on […]
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comments to clarify guidance for agricultural commodities haulers with respect to hours of service. The agency is seeking to clarify its guidance for motor carriers and state enforcement officials, noting that existing exemption language “is susceptible to multiple interpretations.” Comments are due by Jan. 19. You […]
The Jobs for Our Heroes Act, which aims to streamline the process by which active-duty military, reservists and veterans receive commercial driver’s licenses, passed unanimously in the House on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The bill, S1393, originally sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, amends the FAST Act to allow health professionals employed by the Department of […]
Ready for that slow, steady rate decline from now until March? Well, national average spot rates for van and reefer freight on DAT MembersEdge did indeed decline during the week ending Dec. 16, but the number of available loads was up 2.4 percent and capacity tightened 7.5 percent. Who knows where that capacity figure will […]
Crime & Courts, News
A Philadelphia trucker is suing his former employer for misinterpreting results of a random drug/alcohol test and consequently tarnishing his record, making it difficult to find another job as a driver. The driver’s record indicated a refusal to submit to an alcohol test, but he claims he never received the chance to refuse one in […]
Truckers in Ontario will get an additional three years to continue using their hand-held CB radios. The implementation of a regulation that would have banned the use of hand-held CB radios in commercial vehicles has been delayed until Jan. 1, 2021, according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The new rule was originally scheduled to […]
As the Republican-led tax reform bill heads into its final vote, language within the bill has not made any changes to per diem rates for truck drivers. That means unless there is an 11th hour change to the bill, truckers will still get to claim 80 percent of their daily per diem. The Tax Cuts […]
News, Truck Parking
As truck parking continues to be a problem, states are taking measures to address the issue. The latest comes from the Arizona Department of Transportation, which is asking truckers to complete a survey to get a better understanding of the situation in the Grand Canyon State. Through consultations with truck drivers and trucking companies, as […]
A proposed change to federal regulations would allow commercial vehicle drivers to use their vehicles for personal conveyance, regardless of whether or not the vehicle was under load. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comments on the guidelines revision. The comment period closes Jan. 18. Comments may be submitted electronically here. The existing […]
News, Safety & Security
The New Year in Illinois brings with it some notable new laws. Effective Jan. 1, Illinois will be the latest state across the country to call on professional drivers to help curb human trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates that 12.3 million people are being trafficked worldwide. In the U.S., victims are commonly transported along […]