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Medical Examiner’s Handbook & Apnea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently reviewing comments about the proposed revisions to the Medical Examiner’s Handbook. The handbook was pulled from FMCSA’s website in 2015, depriving medical examiners (MEs) of a resource of...

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FMCSA: 2023 Rulemaking Agenda

The Department of Transportation (DOT) released its latest report on significant rulemakings, including the 2023 rulemaking agenda. This gives us insight into what new or revised regulations they are considering. Contained in that report are the following entries for...

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2022 Haz Mat Inspection Initiative

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced the results of a five-day 2022 haz mat inspection initiative. During that time, over 6,000 vehicles were inspected in the U.S. and Canada and the total number of violations was 1,774. The breakdown is as...

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CVSA Road Check 2022 Results

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has released the Road Check 2022 results, this year’s three-day international event when inspectors conducted the following: Road Check 2022 Results: Inspections Level I Inspections 36,555 Level I Inspections completed in the...

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ELD Regulation Changes Considered

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comments regarding ELD regulation changes. Specifically, FMCSA is considering changes in the following areas: 1. Applicability to Pre-2000 Engines...

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Electronic Identification of Commercial Motor Vehicles

In 2010, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) submitted a petition for rulemaking to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) requesting that FMCSA require that every commercial motor vehicle used in interstate commerce be equipped with an...

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Brake Safety

After a brake safety inspection, the Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement posted the following photo and text on its Facebook page: "Just so we are on the same page here – vise grips, while being a fantastic invention and useful in many applications, are not supposed to...

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Medical Examiner’s Handbook

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released the draft Medical Examiner’s Handbook (MEH), which includes updates to the Medical Advisory Criteria published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The MEH and Medical Advisory Criteria provide...

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Exemption Request for Hair Testing Positive Results

Some motor carriers are using hair testing in addition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) approved urine-based drug test. Under current regulations positive results from the urine test are reported to the Clearinghouse. Positive results from...

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Automated Vehicle Technologies: Crash Data

Automated vehicle technologies are on the rise. There are six levels of driving automation, and Level 0 is the one we’re most familiar with. At that level there is no automation and the driver performs all tasks associated with vehicle operation. In Levels 1 and 2 the...

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