Laws & Regulations

FMCSA is Setting the Standard for Trucking Regulations

The U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stating that California can not enforce its own meal and rest breaks for commercial truckers if they conflict with the federal hours-of-service regulations. ATA’s President praises this move as a victory because there should…

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Clearinghouse Raises Fines Per Violation

The Department of Transportation made a final rule implementing higher fines for drug/alcohol violations. According to the new regulations, those who violate any part of 49 CFR part 382, subpart G…, could be fined up to (but not exceed) $5,833. Also, fines have been increased for those who violate an…


US/Canada Border to Remained Closed for Another Month

Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has announced that the border between the US and Canada will remain closed through February 21. Prime Minister Trudeau has also exclaimed that the border will remain closed as long as necessary to keep people on both sides safe. As before, this will not…


CVSA Doesn’t Want any Delays on COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has posted a bulletin asking for commercial vehicles carrying vaccine shipments to not be deterred or detained. The COVID-19 vaccine is kept cold using dry ice and the CVSA is asking commercial motor vehicle inspectors to not hold up these vehicles unless there is an…



Winter Truck Load Increases for Minnesota’s Central Frost Zone

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced load increases have now begun on unrestricted state highways in the central frost zone. The load increases are already in effect in the northern areas of Minnesota. In areas where these load increases have gone into effect, vehicles can increase their weight limits…


Annual Inspections Could Include Rear Underride Guards

For over 65 years, rear impact guards have been required on trucks but were not included on the list of items that have to be inspected during the annual commercial vehicle inspection. Following a petition from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and recommendations from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the…



What do you Think About Heavier Loads on Select Idaho Highways?

The Idaho Transportation Department has opened a period of time to collect comments regarding heavier loads on select highways in Latah County. Several highways in this county would be reclassified to allow commercial vehicles weighing up to 129,000 pounds. The roads include Highway 6 from the US-95 junction to Harvard,…


Marijuana Bill Moves Forward but not for Truckers

The MORE Act has passed through the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 228-164. This act takes marijuana off the scheduled substance list in the Controlled Substance Act. If it goes all the way and passes, truckers will still be tested for marijuana usage. Even if it comes…