A new federal rule that implements large fines for carriers, shippers and brokers caught pressuring drivers to operate beyond federal safety regulations, such as when they’re out of hours, is now in effect, as is a new system for truckers to file complaints for alleged coercion instances with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Read more


The Department of Transportation pushed back the dates on several upcoming rulemakings, including a speed limiter mandate and a rule to establish a CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Read more


An online public listening session will be held next week to help electronic logging device makers determine if their products meet the device requirements spelled out in the DOT’s freshly published ELD mandate. Read more


A bill that would prevent states from requiring truckers and their employers to comply with state laws regulating hours of service, such as meal or rest break requirements, has been approved by the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would also, if enacted, throw cold water on state-level initiated driver pay reform. Read more


Congress recently extended several dozen tax provisions that expired at the end of 2014. Among these are the 50-cent-a gallon fuel tax credit for the use of alternative fuels (natural gas and propane – including propane used in forklifts), which has been extended from the beginning of calendar 2015 through the end of calendar 2016. Read more


Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will look at legislation that would provide a short-term authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration to attach technical language pertaining to an hours-of-service rule for truckers in a fiscal 2016 funding law. Read more


On November 30, 2015, FMCSA published a Final Rule dealing with driver coercion. The rule prohibits carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in violation of provisions of the FMCSRs, including hours-of-service limits, the commercial driver’s license regulations, drug and alcohol testing rules, and the hazardous materials regulatio Read more


The Iowa Department of Transportation is currently testing road sensors designed to detect and warn drivers of icy road conditions. Read more


The annualized turnover rate for large truckload carriers rose 13 points to 100 percent in the third quarter of 2015, the highest it’s been in three years, according to ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. Read more


The Department of Transportation gave its first update since November on a rulemaking to require speed limiters on heavy trucks, now projecting the rule to be published in February. The proposed rule, a joint effort from FMCSA and another DOT agency, has been stuck in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget since May 2015. Read more

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