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Proposed regulations for truckers still not ready for release

Georgia residents might like to know that there has been a further delay in the release of new federal trucking regulations. These rules target commercial drivers in an attempt to prevent speeding and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A proposal to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks has been stalled in the Office of Management and Budget at the White House since May 2015. This rule would restrict the speed on trucks that weigh more than 27,000 pounds. The date for publication was to be April 28, and the DOT now estimates that the rule will be cleared and published sometime in the spring.

Previously slated for publication on July 28, the rule to establish a Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is now scheduled to be published on Aug. 16. The clearinghouse will create a database of those with commercial driver's licenses who have failed or refused drug and alcohol testing, and positive drug test results must be sent to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration along with citations related to operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Employers would be required to check the list when making hiring decisions, and they must also search for those employed as drivers in the database annually. Owner-operators would have to submit the details of the third party that administers the mandatory random drug tests for them to the FMCSA and allow the testing administrators to give the results to the FMSCA.

The proposed regulations aim to make the roads safer by preventing 18-wheeler crashes. These types of truck accidents can be especially serious to occupants of other vehicles due to the size of those big rigs. An attorney may want to pursue compensation for an injured victim if it can be determined that negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company was the cause of the accident.

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