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Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers

The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.

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Retractable Tarping Mechanisms Quick, Safe

Throwing a tarpaulin over a big load on a flatbed trailer, especially on a cold, snowy windy day might be the most difficult job in trucking but there are easier alternatives.

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ATA Outlines Truck Safety Recommendations to Congress

American Trucking Associations outlined three strategies to improve truck related traffic accidents in testimony before Congress.

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ATRI: Restart Rule Unintentionally Raised Crash Risk

The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.

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FMCSA: ELD Final Rule Slated to Publish on Sept. 30

The projected publication date for the final ELD rule has been updated to September 30th according the the FMCSA.

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Senate Panel Votes to Suspend Hours of Service Restart Pending Study

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a wide margin to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies the impact of the rule.

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Trucking Alliance Pushes Plan to Study 34-Hour Restart

Congress is considering a plan to study the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule using data collected by electronic logs. This approach is being suggested by the Trucking Alliance and other groups to counter the effort by American Trucking Associations to have Congress cut off funds for enforcement of the restart provision.

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Broker Pleads Guilty in Phony Cargo Insurance Scam

In an operation the FBI called "theft and greed on a large scale," a former insurance broker has pleaded guilty to bilking nearly 800 trucking companies out of $3.7 million for phony cargo insurance.

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DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

The Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

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Freightliner Autonomous Truck First Licensed for U.S. Highways

"Thank you for looking at the impossible and finding a safe way to make it possible." That's what Nevada Gov. Brian Sondoval said to Daimler Trucks North America officials when he officially granted the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States.

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Hands-off on the Highway

There are still a few misconceptions about autonomous commercial vehicles. They are not driverless trucks, but trucks that help make drivers' lives a little easier and roadways safer through the use of advanced technology. Jim Park takes a ride in Daimler's Inspiration Truck.

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Proposed Rule Would Simplify Insulin Exemption for Drivers

The FMCSA has proposed that drivers with controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles without first obtaining an individual exemption.

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ATRI: Restart Rule Unintentionally Raised Crash Risk

The 34-hour restart provisions for truck drivers, which currently remain under suspension, had a negative impact on motor-carrier safety when they were in effect by driving up crash risk, per a new ATRI research study.

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A Personalized Approach to Driver Training

Drivers needing CDL training (and the fleets that employ them) in Lincoln, Ill., have a new option in town. Learn more in Deborah Lockridge's "All That's Trucking" blog.

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ATA Urges Fast Action on Speed-Limiter Rule

The American Trucking Associations is again urging the Department of Transportation to "move forward" with a rulemaking requiring installation of electronic speed-limiting devices on Class 7 and 8 trucks.

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C.R. England Offers Additional Driver Trainer Bonus

C.R. England is offering bonuses to all company and independent contractor driver trainers for apprentices who are successfully trained and upgraded. A pay increase was also announced for a large percentage of drivers in C.R. England's regional fleets.

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