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    Another proposal to make it easier to get a CDL. Or it sounds more like a way to circumvent the process and buy your license.

    FMCSA Proposes Rule to Add Flexibility to CDL Skills Testing
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a rule that would increase flexibility for the skills test process for those seeking a commercial driver license.
    Current federal regulations do not permit a CDL skills instructor who is authorized by the state to administer a CDL skills test to perform both the instruction and the test for the same applicant. FMCSA’s proposal, announced June 27, would eliminate that rule. Additionally, the proposal would give states the discretion to allow qualified third-party trainers to also conduct skills testing for the same person.
    According to an FMCSA press release, the proposed rule would reduce testing delays and eliminate expenses for the CDL applicant.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcs...skills-testing
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Another proposal to make it easier to get a CDL. Or it sounds more like a way to circumvent the process and buy your license.

    FMCSA Proposes Rule to Add Flexibility to CDL Skills Testing


    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcs...skills-testing
    More lousy truckers on the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    More lousy truckers on the road?
    That's an understatement. I am amazed at how many on the roads today can't control the vehichle well enough to maintain their lane.

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    The proposal to change the HOS rules seems to be dragging out. Personally I don't like the idea of eliminating the 30 minute break rule.
    All they keep saying is truckers rules need to be more "flexible" ... which seems to be a catch word that corporations use when they cry about a new contract.
    The other comment that is used is the one with a driver just 5 minutes from home and he runs out of hours. Then he must park and take the 10 hours rest period before driving that 5 minutes home. That's BS. We know that never happens in the real world. But since I'm not familiar with ELD's, so I don't know.

    New proposal to relax drive time for truckers
    The Transportation Department is proposing a plan to change the hours of service for truck drivers.
    The goal is to make the driving rules more flexible while truckers are on the road.
    Let's say a truck driver runs out of driving time 5 minutes away from home. Their concern is, they have to park their truck so close to home until they can drive 10 hours later.
    But highway safety advocates are not happy about the proposal, saying fatal crashes involving large trucks have increased by 10%.
    “There was a truck driver survey that found that 65 percent of drivers reported that they had often or sometimes felt drowsy while driving, and almost half of the drivers said they actually fell asleep while driving in the previous year,” Chase said.

    No specific rule changes have been made public.

    The White House's Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the proposal.
    https://www.wbay.com/sports

    Another link to the FMCSA site with the "Proposed advance notice of rulemaking".
    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulation...sed-rulemaking
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    Waste Management has asked the FMCSA about an exemption for their drivers.

    Today’s pickup: an HOS exemption request that wants the limit to go up to 14 hours
    The latest request for an exemption from the Hours of Service rules comes from trash-hauling giant Waste Management. The irony is that Waste Management is asking that its drivers be allowed to work up to 14 hours, the limit now on most carriers under HOS. But Waste Management drivers have short haul status, so their day is limited to 12 hours. By being a short haul driver, the Waste Management drivers do not need to maintain a record of duty status, which means no ELD mandate. Under the request submitted by Waste Management, 18,000 of its drivers would be allowed to work up to 14 hours and still maintain that short haul status, hence, no ELDs. It’s slightly ironic to see so many drivers chafe not so much under the ELD mandate, but rather the ELD mandate plus a 14-hour day. And here’s a group that wants its limit to be 14 hours. The Waste Management exemption request is for five years. A comment period is open until early August.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/daily-pickup-july19

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    The agency has issued waviers for some drivers with vision problems. These allow the drivers to operate on the interstates.
    How do they get to the interstate highway ? Having one good eye apparently is enough now.

    FMCSA Renews Vision Waivers for Commercial Drivers
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration agreed to allow 126 drivers to operate trucks along interstates after it provisionally renewed their exemptions from a vision requirement.
    According to a notice in the Federal Register published Aug. 5, the agency indicated it had “evaluated these applications for renewal on their merits and decided to extend each exemption for a renewable two-year period.”
    In a separate notice Aug. 5, the agency indicated it had renewed the exemptions from the vision requirement for 173 drivers. A public comment period that ended in June had resulted in no comments, according to the agency.
    In each instance, drivers demonstrated an ability to drive commercially on interstates, and provided documentation of a physical exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who attested their vision in the better eye met federal requirements.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcs...ercial-drivers

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    FMCSA has released their proposed new rules to change the hours of service regulations.

    FMCSA Unveils Proposed Changes to Hours-of-Service Rules
    Federal trucking regulators have issued a proposed change to hours-of-service rules that would increase truck drivers’ flexibility with their 30-minute rest break and with dividing their time in the sleeper berth.
    The proposal, announced on Aug. 14, also would extend by two hours duty time for drivers encountering adverse weather and expand the current 100 air-mile “shorthaul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty to be consistent with workday rules for longhaul truck drivers.
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it will accept comments on the proposal for 45 days after it is published in the Federal Register.
    Click the link to view the key provisions to the HOS rule. https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcsa-unveils-hos

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    Industry groups mostly supportive of proposed hours of service changes

    Trucking organizations sounded off mostly in favor of the hours of service changes proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Wednesday morning. Highlighting the changes are proposals to allow drivers to pause their 14-hour clock, ease restrictions around the 30-minute break and allow a slightly more liberal use in split-sleeper options. Read full cover of FMCSA’s notice of proposed rulemaking at this link.

    The American Trucking Associations, Truckload Carriers Association and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supported the proposed changes, while the International Brotherhood of Teamsters expressed safety concerns.
    “There may not be a one-size fits all solution, but the proposed changes are a positive start since truckers don’t have any control over their schedules or traffic conditions. For too long and too often, they find themselves in unsafe circumstances because of current, overly restrictive rules that decrease highway safety.”

    By contrast, the Teamsters said the proposed changes would lead to reduced safety on highways for drivers and the motoring public.

    “In an effort to increase so-called ‘flexibility’ for trucking companies, the FMCSA is abandoning safety and allowing drivers to push themselves to the limit even further,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “Changes for short-haul truckers, for example, would extend their days from 12 to 14 hours on the job. That means a longer and more exhausting workday for tens of thousands of American workers. The Teamsters are also concerned about language changing the 30-minute rest break and the ability of drivers to press the pause button on their hours of service clock.”
    https://www.ccjdigital.com/industry-...rvice-changes/

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    Information about the federal drug and alcohol clearinghouse which goes in effect Jan. 6, 2020.

    FMCSA Releases Payment Options for Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
    The Clearinghouse is an online repository of data that carriers, state driver licensing agencies and law enforcement officials will be able to use to check a commercial driver license holder’s drug and alcohol violations. The federal Clearinghouse rule, which goes into effect Jan. 6, requires drivers to register and consent to carriers checking their record for failed drug tests or refusals to take drug tests. Employers are required to check the Clearinghouse as part of pre-employment driver investigations and screen each of their currently employed CDL drivers at least once a year.
    All employers of CDL drivers are required to buy a plan, which will be available for purchase this fall.
    Besides containing data on drug and alcohol violations, the Clearinghouse will record information on a driver’s return-to-duty process and follow-up testing plan. The database also will keep track of drivers who move frequently and apply for CDLs in different states to maintain a complete body of information on such drivers.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcs...-clearinghouse
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    Seems FMCSA wants to delay, by 3 years, the rule that all employers must use the drug and alcohol clearinghouse rules.

    FMCSA Proposes 3-Year Delay for States to Comply With Clearinghouse Rule
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the date by which state driver licensing agencies must comply with certain Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule requirements.
    The Clearinghouse is an online repository of data that carriers, state driver licensing agencies and law enforcement officials will be able to use to check a commercial driver license holder’s drug and alcohol violations.
    According to a notice that was scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Sept. 6, the NPRM would delay by three years the compliance date for the requirement that states request information from the Clearinghouse before completing certain commercial driver license transactions. Under the proposal, the compliance date, due to begin Jan. 6, would be pushed to Jan. 6, 2023.
    FMCSA said it has concluded that the delay will not impact highway safety.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcs...ringhouse-rule

 

 
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