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Proposed trucking regulations delayed

In April, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced another delay in the projected publication dates of two new trucking regulations that could make roadways in Louisiana and across the country safer. The proposed rules include the creation of a database listing truckers who have failed or refused to take alcohol or drug tests and the installation of speed limiters on heavy trucks.

In March, the DOT said the Final Rule implementing the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse would be forwarded to the White House's Office of Management and Budget on April 18 and published on July 28. Now, the DOT says that the rule will be sent to the OMB on May 6 and published on Aug. 16. The rule would create a database of all commercially licensed truck drivers who have failed or refused a drug or alcohol test. Carriers will have to update theirs lists annually and reference the database before hiring new drivers.

In the March DOT report, the agency also said that a rule that requires trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds to have speed limiters would clear the OMB on April 22 and publish on April 28. However, the DOT has now removed the rule's projected dates from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The rule was sent to the OMB in May 2015.

Louisiana residents who have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident often face months of rehabilitation, and in some cases are unable to return to work. If it can be demonstrated that the accident was caused by an impaired, speeding or otherwise negligent truck driver, an attorney could be of assistance in seeking to obtain compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

Source: Overdrive Online, "DOT further delays speed limiter, drug/alcohol clearinghouse rules," Matt Cole, April 15, 2016

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