Tag Archives: DOT

Not ‘engaged to wait’ while in the sleeper? Readers respond to federal labor opinion on driver compensation

More readers than not agreed with commenter Jason McCarter that, “if you are in your truck at any time, you should be paid,” even if off-duty in the sleeper. Find other views, including those contrary, in this round-up of voices with poll results about…

Fines for trucking regs violations increased

The DOT, in order to find the 2019 adjustment amount, had to multiply the penalty amount by the percentage change between the October 2018 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the October 2017 CPI-U, which this year was 1.02522.

Senate bill would force DOT to resume speed limiter mandate, set 65 mph limit

Due to Executive Orders signed by President Trump in his first days in office, DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tabled a rulemaking that sought to institute a speed limiter mandate. The agency was scheduled to publish a proposed rule i…

Scrutiny mounts against DOT Secretary Chao over charges of ethical violations

Alleged abuses of power by Chao include improperly steering grant money, not divesting from a materials supplier that competes for roads projects and organizing meetings between U.S. and Chinese officials to benefit a maritime shipping company owned by…

FMCSA denies reports that hours of service rule has cleared White House review

FMCSA officials have confirmed that a proposal to reform hours of service regulations remains under review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. OMB must clear the rule before it is published and before details of the proposed reforms a…

It’s official: DOT intends to propose hours of service reforms

The U.S. Department of Transportation intends to propose a rule that would change federal hours of service regulations for truck drivers, said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Friday. However, since the rule is still under review, Chao said she …

DOT Secretary Elaine Chao to provide trucking regs update Thursday at MATS

A statement from MATS said Chao will provide an update on the Department of Transportation’s efforts on safety, infrastructure, truck parking, and reducing trucking regulations. She is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. in Conference Room B-101.

DOT establishes council to address self-driving vehicles, other emerging tech

The NETT Council will be a point of access for developers seeking approval to deploy new transportation tech, DOT says. It’s intended to ensure that deployment of new tech isn’t impeded and to streamline the process for obtaining safety authorizations,…

Teamters file lawsuit challenging FMCSA’s ruling on California breaks

The Teamsters Union has become more aggressive in its fight against the U.S. DOT’s late-December decision to exempt motor carriers from California labor laws that require period meal breaks and paid rest breaks.

House clears DOT funding bill that maintains ELD waiver for livestock haulers

Livestock and bee haulers have been allowed to run on paper logs and without an ELD since the mandate took effect in December 2017. However, the bill faces strong headwinds in ultimately becoming law, as lawmakers and President Trump square off over fu…