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November 27, 2017

The FDA announced the availability of a small entity compliance guide (SECG) to help small businesses understand the requirements of the final rule on the sanitary transportation of human and animal food (sanitary transportation rule). SECGs are desi...

November 21, 2017

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) on November 21 petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for carriers that meet the definition of a...

November 20, 2017

With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate less than a month away, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced several steps intended to ease the transition for many drivers and carriers. Among the actions announced November 2...

November 16, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to repeal the emission standards and other requirements for heavy-duty glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits. The proposed rule is premised on the agency's proposed interpretation of the Cle...

November 15, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirmed on November 15 that a carrier's failure to use required electronic logs will not be assigned points within the Safety Measurement System (SMS) until April 1, 2018. That is the same date that f...

November 13, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on November 13 issued a final rule that expands the department’s current drug testing panel for regulated industries, including safety-sensitive positions at motor carriers, to include four semi-synthetic o...

November 8, 2017

The Senate Commerce Committee on November 8 approved the nomination of Raymond Martinez, President Trump's pick to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, sending his nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. Among eight nominatio...

October 31, 2017

With a legislative exemption uncertain, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has applied for an exemption from electronic logging devices that would apply to all haulers of livestock, including poultry, aquaculture, and insects as well as tradi...

October 30, 2017

The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) board has delayed until further notice registration for 2018 because it anticipates that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) soon will lower fees. FMCSA in September proposed to reduce the an...

October 27, 2017

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-California) and eight other House Democrats are co-sponsoring a bill (H.R. 4144) that would establish a task force to consider the effects on truck drivers of truck leasing requirements at ports. Under the bill, the Truck Lea...

October 26, 2017

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved a surface transportation security bill (S. 763) that would make use of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) voluntary for individuals, who because of employment are regulated by the Tra...

October 20, 2017

Drivers who need to change their duty status away from their commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) will be able to do so if they are using portable electronic logging devices (ELDs) under a new exemption granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminis...

October 11, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted an exemption from electronic logging devices for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) rented for eight or fewer days. The action represents a partial grant of a requ...

October 3, 2017

DOT has invited comments until November 1 on what existing regulations or other actions that would be good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension, or modification. The department said it may also hold a public meeting to discuss and consider...

September 26, 2017

President Trump on September 26 announced his intention to nominate Raymond Martinez to be administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Martinez currently is chairman and chief administrator of the the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Co...

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