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What are the new DOT rules?

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The United States Department of Transportation updates its rulemaking documents on the official government website whenever a new regulation passes. The department lists the rules by date, subject and part. The department lists 17 new regulations for 2014.

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These 17 new regulations include training requirements for new commercial driver applicants, logging hours for drivers, changes to the Motor Carrier Management Information System, updates on the Privacy Impact Assessment, safety permits for hazardous materials and laws against coercion of commercial drivers. The regulations also include introducing recording devices in vehicles, signatures on legally binding electronic documents, a new drug and alcohol clearinghouse, emergency exemptions, weight ratings, safety violation patterns, and medical certification requirements for drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration operates as a separate administration from the DOT to establish new rules for drivers, according to its official website. It has a resource for drivers on its official website with a detailed summary of every regulation commercial drivers need to know in order to obey the law. It includes information on how to apply as a driver, training sessions needed to obtain a license, and bans on cellphones and other safety hazards. Drivers can search for specific regulations by category or read an overview of basic safety information.

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