FMCSA issues rule to help vets become truck drivers

veteran  Military personnel who drove commercial vehicles in the service looking to transition into the trucking industry will now have a full year to apply for a skills test waiver instead of just 90 days after they leave the service.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a Final Rule Oct. 12 that will be published in the Federal Register Thursday to loosen the regulations on military personnel attempting to obtain a learner’s permit or CDL. Read More

Getting at the ELD rule’s mystifying byproduct: personal conveyance

Oct 14, 2016 Aaron Marsh | Fleet Owner
The 126 text-laden pages of the electronic logging device (ELD) final rule are full of specs and particulars, but the ones that consistently seem to raise the most questions with motor carriers deal with personal conveyance. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) enforcement and compliance chief discussed the topic and made an important announcement in that regard.

The ELD mandate didn’t create personal conveyance — the rule just brought it into the spotlight. “It’s not really an ELD issue, but it does become an issue because of ELDs,” pointed out Joe DeLorenzo, director of the FMCSA Office of Enforcement and Compliance, at one of the final sessions of PeopleNet’s and TMW Systems’ in.sight conference.  Read More

S.C. joins FL, N.C. in suspending certain trucking regs for Hurricane Matthew

UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 6, 8:45 a.m. Central: South Carolina has revised its State of Emergency to include the suspension of hours of service and size and weight regulations in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. The size and weight waivers applies on trucks up to 90,000 pounds – anything above that needs a permit from the state. Read more

Feds OK Rhode Island’s controversial trucks-only toll plan

Federal officials have approved Rhode Island’s controversial plan to institute Class 8 truck-only tolls to fund road and bridge repair.

The Federal Highway Administration has signed 13 Memoranda of Understanding with the state’s transportation department. FHWA will execute a 14th agreement for the Providence Viaduct after the environmental mitigation requirements are met, according to RIDOT’s Oct. 5 announcement. Read more