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May 14, 2002 - Industry News

EPA Investigating Pre-Buy Allegations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly investigating allegations that truck engine makers have been encouraging customers to “pre-buy” engines before stricter emissions regulations kick in October 1

May 13, 2002 - Industry News

FMCSA Toughens Safety Requirements for New Motor Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established new, stricter minimum requirements for U.S. and Canadian motor carriers applying for operating authority

May 12, 2002 - Industry News

Report: CDL Oversight Needs Work

Federal officials are not doing enough to make sure commercial driver's licenses don't get into the wrong hands. That's the conclusion of the inspector general's office at the U.S. Department of Transportation in a report released last week

May 9, 2002 - Industry News

House Approves Nuclear Waste Site

Nuclear waste haulers are one step closer to being busier. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the disposal site for the nation’s nuclear waste

May 9, 2002 - Industry News

DOT Numbers Due July 3

On July 3, all trucks operating in interstate commerce should have the USDOT number on both sides of the cab

May 6, 2002 - Industry News

Bill Calls For Biometric ID On Licenses

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week calls for “smart” driver’s license

May 4, 2002 - Industry News

RSPA Proposes Security Changes

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration has proposed a number of changes aimed at tightening security for hazardous materials loads

May 3, 2002 - Industry News

Tougher Diesel Engine & Diesel Fuel Rules Upheld

A three judge federal panel on Friday upheld tougher emissions rules for heavy duty truck engines as well as reductions in the sulfur content in diesel fuel

May 3, 2002 - Industry News

Congress Urged To Tighten Antitrust Laws For Oil Industry

Attorneys general from three states would like to see tighter antitrust laws for petroleum refiners and mandatory increased fuel inventories

May 3, 2002 - Industry News

Court Turns Down Request To Block Mexican Trucks

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has denied an emergency request to block Mexican trucks from gaining further entry into the United States

April 26, 2002 - Industry News

Senate Passes Energy Bill

It is now up to a House-Senate conference committee to iron out differences in the nation’s energy plan

April 18, 2002 - Industry News

IRP Sides With Illinois In Oklahoma Registration Fee Dispute

IRP Inc. has ordered Oklahoma and Illinois to come up with a plan that would satisfy Illinois’ $15.5 million claim for lost registration fees

April 15, 2002 - Industry News

Court Lifts Restraining Order on Oklahoma Registration Rules

An Oklahoma district court lifted a restraining order preventing the Oklahoma Tax Commission from implementing new rules that prohibit trucking companies from using third party registration agents to establish residency in the state

April 11, 2002 - Industry News

Tank Truck Group Urges Broader Background Checks

New background checks for hazmat licenses required by the Patriot Act are already causing problems in the hazmat driver pool, says the National Tank Truck Carriers

April 2, 2002 - Industry News

State, IRP Await Court Decision on Oklahoma Registration Rules

April 12 should be a pivotal date in the battle over registration rules in Oklahoma

April 1, 2002 - Industry News

IRP Issues Sanctions Against Oklahoma

The Board of Directors of the International Registration Plan has ordered all member jurisdictions to “immediately suspend distribution of fees payable. . .to Oklahoma."

March 28, 2002 - Industry News

FMCSA Fines Florida Broker, Two New York Motor Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has fined two for-hire motor carriers hauling primarily household goods from New York State and one household goods broker from Florida

March 26, 2002 - Industry News

Study Names Best and Worst State DOTs

State transportation departments are getting mixed grades in a new study over how they do their job

March 18, 2002 - Industry News

House Deal Would Increase Highway Spending

Last week the House Budget Committee approved a budget resolution that seeks to add $4.4 billion to President Bush's $23.3 billion request for highway funding

March 14, 2002 - Industry News

No Cuts for Hazmat Fees

Proposed reductions in registration fees for hazardous materials haulers have once again been delayed

March 14, 2002 - Industry News

Congressman To Support Non-Driving Pay Bill For Truckers

A move is afoot to mandate that trucking companies pay their drivers for the time they spend on-duty, but not driving

March 13, 2002 - Industry News

Government Working On Cargo Security

A top federal official told a recent association meeting that government agencies are working on a security master plan, even as many in the transportation industry are confused about what is expected of them security-wise

March 12, 2002 - Industry News

Ergonomics Plan Could Be Unveiled Next Month

The White House could release an ergonomics proposal in mid-April

March 11, 2002 - Industry News

Enforcement Officials Urged to Increase Safety and Security Measures

Top safety officials from the federal government recently told top level commercial vehicle safety enforcement officials that they need to do more to save lives on the highways

March 5, 2002 - Industry News

RoadStar Answers Tax Questions On Meal Deductions

Meal deductions continue to top the list of tax-related questions RoadStar gets from its readers. This year, there are also concerns about losses on equipment, retirement savings, and bad debts

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