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April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, Transportation Research Board, Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Propane Haulers Ask for Regional HOS Exemptions

In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the National Propane Gas Association on Wednesday called on him to grant regional exemptions from federal hours of service regulations for the Midwest and Eastern parts of the U.S., to relieve what the group says is "pressure on the current propane distribution network."

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas, U.S. DOT

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Rises to Best Level on Record

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2008-November 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in November from October, rebounding from a one-month decline to reach its highest all-time level, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Proposal Would Allow for Hair Testing of Truckers for Illegal Drugs

Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Index Hits Near All-Time High

Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. rose 0.4% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month to reach the second highest level in the history of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index which goes back to 2000.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

Tags: Congress, U.S. DOT, Truck Weights, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Truck Safety Program Will Continue Despite Shutdown

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UPDATED—12:00 a.m., Federal truck safety programs will continue to operate despite a partial government shutdown that took effect at midnight.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, U.S. DOT

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Is Working on Restart Study, Foxx Says

U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will release its study of the 34-hour restart rule when it has finished its analysis and review of the data...

Tags: Hours of Service, HOS, FMCSA, Anthony Foxx, U.S. DOT

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Rose 0.3% in July

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, July 2008- July 2013

Freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.3% in July from June, rising after a one month decline.

Tags: BTS, TSI, Surface Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

GAO Report Balks at Tanker Wetline Regulations

In 2011 PHMSA proposed new rules over requiring that these loading and unloading lines on tankers be absent of any flammable liquids. Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new Government Accountability Office report throws cold water on Congressionally mandated plans to further regulate tanker wetlines, to the delight of the nation’s tanker carriers.

Tags: Government Accountability Office, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Tankers, Fleets

August 26, 2013 - Industry News

Woman Faces Multiple Charges Over Drug Test Results

A federal grand jury returned a 25-count indictment, charging a California woman for falsifying commercial driver drug test results.

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Group Questions NTSB Straight Truck Safety Recommendations

The NAFA Fleet Management Association has raised concerns about straight truck safety recommendations issued earlier this summer by the National Transportation Safety Board after a study found they were not as safe as their larger counterparts.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, CDL, Trucks, U.S. DOT, Medium-Duty Trucks, Private Fleets

June 26, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Seeks Clearance for Truck Parking Survey

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is seeking to move forward with a study about truck parking.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Truck Parking

June 18, 2013 - Industry News

EOBR/ELD Proposal Advances from FMCSA to DOT Secretary’s Office

No matter if you call them electronic on-board recorders, electronic logging devices, or black boxes, a proposal to mandate their use is slowly winding its was through the bureaucratic hands of the federal government, putting it closer to publication.

Tags: EOBR, ELD, FMCSA, U.S. DOT

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FHWA Hosts Size and Weight Study Session

The Federal Highway Administration is kicking off the public phase of its two-year study of the truck size and weight issue. At Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday the agency is hosting the first of four planned public listening sessions on size and weight issues.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes

May 14, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Speed Limiter Proposal Returned to NHTSA

Just over a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration submitted a proposed regulation to require speed limiters on big rigs to the DOT, it has been returned to the agency without approval.

Tags: Speed Limiter, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

April 23, 2013 - Industry News

Research Continuing into Solving Truck Parking Problem

Truckers looking for increasingly hard to find parking spaces may be getting some help from the American Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation. ATRI is working with multiple partners to test a new system for truck parking management.

Tags: U.S. DOT, ATRI, Truck Parking

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