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FMCSA changed its mind and said it was withdrawing the proposed regulatory guidance for obstructive sleep apnea and request for comment that it announced on Friday, April 20.

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By a vote of 5 to 4 committee vote, the Idaho Senate rejected Senator Jim Hammond’s proposal to raise the trucking speed limit to 75 mph. Hammond proposed the theory that it would actually be safer by having all vehicles, including big-rigs, semi tractors, 18 wheelers, etc., drive the same speed limit. This, he said, would “eliminate a lot of lane changes.”

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Trucking safety groups and Public Citizen are now challenging the new HOS rule issued by FMCSA. This news comes after the trucking industry group American Trucking Associations (ATA) also filed a suit.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers are also challenging the HOS rule issued by FMCSA. They recently filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule for truck driver hours of service citing the rule needed improvements regarding tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives blocked a proposal put forth by shipping company interests that would allow the weight limit of semi trucks on U.S. roads to be increased from 40 tons to 48.5 tons without a permit.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tuesday, Dec 12, called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving except for emergencies.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published regulations that ban the use of cell phones while driving. The rule will be effective in about 30 days.

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The Federal Government plans to increase truck driver’s pay in an effort to reduce the death toll due to speeding, driver fatigue, overloaded trucks or taking drugs to stay awake.

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ATLANTA, GA – Last Tuesday Bolton Rd. in Atlanta GA, was shut down after a truck driver who was driving a Community Waste Services of Georgia garbage truck hit a railroad overpass in Northwest Atlanta shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Atlanta fire officials say two people were injured when a truck crashed into a railway bridge in northwest Atlanta. It happened at Bolton Road and Marietta Road just after 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 28. (Photo: Atlanta Fire Rescue Department)

Hours later a 20-foot stretch of concrete and metal came crashing down from the railroad overpass falling onto the road below it. Late Tuesday, officials said Bolton Road just west of Marietta Road would be closed at least 48 hours to make sure the area under the bridge is safe for traffic. ... Read More

WASHINGTON D.C. – On December 29, 2010 the Federal Motor Carrier Safey Administration (FMCSA) proposed a rule change for hours of service (HOS) for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The new rule is intended to “provide flexibility for drivers to take breaks when needed and would reduce safety and health risks associated with long hours.”

The new rule for hours of service for truck drivers will make seven changes to the existing rule: ... Read More

WASHINGTON DC – On Tuesday, December 21, 2010 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA called for a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would ban the use of hand-held mobile devices by commercial drivers of motor vehicles (CMVs).

Proposed ban on hand-held devices by commercial vehicle drivers

This recent NPRM goes against the advice of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) earlier this year. ... Read More

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