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DOT withdraws proposed truck driving rules

Truckers in Ohio may benefit from President Trump's unwillingness to add new regulations. A proposed rule that would have required truckers to have speed limiters put on their trucks was removed from the active rulemakings list. This was according to an updated version of the DOT regulatory calendar. It is not clear if the DOT will choose to look into or adopt that rule again in the future.

Sleep apnea testing aims to cut down on truck crashes

Ohio truckers may have to undergo more testing or deal with regulations regarding sleep apnea following an April U.S. Supreme Court decision. In the case, a driver appealed a decision by a lower court that ruled that his employer had a right to require him to be tested for sleep apnea. The company, Crete Carrier Corp., required that workers with a body mass index of 35 or higher be tested. The man refused to take the test, so he was fired.

FMCSA report reveals increase in deadly truck accidents

The number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents around the country increased by 8 percent in 2015 from the previous year according to data released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The federal agency's annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report indicates that both the number of deadly truck accidents, many of which were in Ohio, and the number of fatal crashes per 100 million miles covered by large commercial vehicles increased as well between 2014 and 2015.

Poor health can lead to higher crash risk for truck drivers

Ohio motorists may want to know that commercial truck drivers with three or more health problems are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents. A study found that many truck drivers have trouble staying healthy because they are sedentary for long periods of time and often develop poor eating and sleeping habits.

Sharing the road with commercial trucks

If you find yourself changing lanes, slowing down or making similar efforts to keep from having to drive near semi-trucks, you are not alone. Given the sheer size of such vehicles, they are prone to obstructing your vision, and this is one of many reasons motorists often try and avoid them on the roadway altogether.

Trump order delays new driver training rule

In response to a memorandum issued by President Trump, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially announced the delay of a new rule that would establish truck driver training standards in Ohio and nationwide. The rule was scheduled to take effect on Feb. 6 and was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 8, 2016.

FMCSA prescreening program approved by court

Commercial drivers in the state of Ohio will soon be required to comply with a federal program that provides preliminary screening of driver applicants. Although it had been delayed by a court battle over questions of driver privacy, the matter has recently been resolved in favor of the government.

Sleep apnea study proposal by the FMCSA garners mixed opinions

In an effort to reduce serious roadway accidents involving large trucks in Ohio and throughout the U.S., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a rule that aims to screen truck drivers for sleep apnea. A September 2016 report defines sleep apnea as a medical condition that may cause interruptions in the breathing cycle during sleep. Those suffering from the condition may feel groggy or fatigued while awake.

The possibility of lower speed limits for large vehicles

Ohio residents might be happy to know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are trying to reduce the highway speed limits for large vehicles such as buses and trucks. Each year, there are more than 1,000 fatalities resulting from accidents involving commercial vehicles. According to supporters of this proposal, this measure would increase the safety of the roadways and save on fuel costs.

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