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January 17, 2001 - Industry News

DOT Launches Study on Truck Crash Causes

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the start of a two-year study into the causes of crashes involving large trucks

January 17, 2001 - Industry News

FMCSA Fines Michigan Carrier $150,000

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has fined Rush Trucking Corp. of Wayne, Mich., $150,000 for multiple violations of the federal hours-of-service safety regulations

January 11, 2001 - Industry News

FMCSA Redefines "Commercial Vehicle"

A new definition of "commercial vehicle" gives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration jurisdiction over interstate for-hire property and passenger carriers based on gross vehicle weight as well as weight rating

January 9, 2001 - Industry News

Higher Overweight Fines Eyed in Maine

Legislative leaders in Maine are fighting Gov. Angus King's proposal to prop up the state Highway Fund with money collected from overall state taxes, and truckers may get the raw end of the deal

January 9, 2001 - Industry News

Speed Limit Bills Hit Legislative Roadblock in Kentucky

A number of bills to raise the speed limit in Kentucky will likely go nowhere

January 7, 2001 - Industry News

Cirillo: Younger Drivers, HOS, NAFTA, Technology, New Administrator on FMCSA Agenda

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will propose a pilot program to train selected 18-year-olds as truck drivers. In an interview on the progress and challenges of the FMCSA, Julie Anna Cirillo, acting assistant administrator, said the proposal still is under review but the agency intends to publish it soon for public comment. The program, suggested last year to the agency by the Truckload Carriers Association as a way to relieve the driver shortage

January 4, 2001 - Industry News

DOT Expands Hotline to Include Consumer Complaints About Movers

Effective January 1, 2001, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expanded the scope of its 24-hour toll-free driver hotline (1-888-DOT-SAFT) to let consumers notify the agency about movers who violate commercial regulations

January 4, 2001 - Industry News

Powerful Transportation Committee Chair Shuster to Retire

U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, longtime chair of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced today that he will retire at the end of January

January 3, 2001 - Industry News

Mineta Will Bring Washington Savvy, Transportation Expertise to DOT

President-elect George W. Bush's nomination of Democrat Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation is being hailed as politically wise – and good for DOT, as well. Mineta's nomination fulfills Bush’s promise to include a Democrat in his cabinet – and does so without much threat of partisan rancor. DOT is not an agency that stirs intense political discord, in part because one of its key jobs – distribution of interstate highway money – crosses party lines

January 3, 2001 - Industry News

E-Government: FMCSA Puts Paperwork, Information on the Internet

Curious about a trucking company’s safety record? Want to apply for federal operating authority? Need to make sure a broker is licensed? You can do it all online via the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s e-business safety system

January 2, 2001 - Industry News

Bush Names Transportation, Energy Secretary Nominees

President-elect George W. Bush Tuesday named his choices for Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy. Bush chose as Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, (pictured, left) a Democrat and former Chairman of the House Committee on Public Works

January 2, 2001 - Industry News

Bush Makes Transportation, Energy Secretary Appointments

President-elect George W. Bush today named his choices for Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy. Bush chose as Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, (pictured), a Democrat and former Chairman of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation. He is President Clinton's current Commerce Secretary. The pick for Energy Secretary is Sen. Spence Abraham of Michigan, who was defeated in his November re-election bid by Democrat Debbie Stabenow

January 2, 2001 - Industry News

New California Law Aims to Gather Info on Independent Contractors

California is hoping to track down parents who are delinquent in child support payments by gathering information on independent contractors

December 29, 2000 - Industry News

Pilot Programs Seek Streamlined Military Moves

The U.S. Transportation Command will evaluate three pilot programs aimed at improved movement of service personnel household goods

December 28, 2000 - Industry News

Fuel Surcharges May be Automatic for Military Freight

Truckers hauling military freight may soon be eligible for automatic fuel surcharges

December 26, 2000 - Industry News

New Reporting Requirements for Sale of Recalled Tires

Starting January 25, 2001, anyone who sells a recalled tire for use on a vehicle must report the sale to the National Highway Traffic Administration

December 21, 2000 - Industry News

New Jersey Governor To Head EPA, Wisconsin Governor Possible DOT Secretary

The same day the Clinton administration announced the clean up of heavy truck and diesel fuel emissions, New Jersey Gov. Christy Todd Whitman has reportedly accepted an offer to head up the federal agency that issued the rules

December 21, 2000 - Industry News

EPA Posts New Standards for Diesel Fuel and Exhaust

The Environmental Protection Agency posted a rule requiring dramatically cleaner diesel fuel and exhaust, starting in 2006. This parting shot from the Clinton administration’s environmental team will produce the cleanest diesel engines ever

December 18, 2000 - Industry News

Brokers Could Compete With Carriers for Military Moves

The Military Traffic Management Command has proposed that relocation companies operating as brokers be allowed to compete with carriers for domestic and international transportation of personal property

December 18, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes New Load Securement Rules

New rules proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would require changes in the way carriers use cargo securement devices and, in some cases, increase the number of tie-downs needed

December 18, 2000 - Industry News

Key Hours of Service Issues Still Divide Industry, Government

After eight months of public discussion, industry and government remain deeply divided over how to reform truck and bus hours of service rules. Both the American Trucking Associations, the largest industry group, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, representing the safety enforcement community, want FMCSA to issue a supplemental proposal that is significantly different from the original proposal. They do not agree, however, on the details

December 15, 2000 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Bill Would Restrict Truckers' Cell Phone Use

A Pennsylvania state representative wants to limit truck drivers and some other kinds of drivers to hands-free mobile phones

December 15, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA to Temporarily Shut Down Carriers That Ignore Fines

Starting April 16, 2001, for-hire carriers, brokers and freight forwarders who don’t pay civil penalties assessed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be prohibited from operating in interstate commerce

December 14, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Revises Drug & Alcohol Test Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued new rules for drug and alcohol testing, which it says will help deter cheating. Citing an increase in the number of specimens that are adulterated or substituted, DOT had wanted mandatory “validity” testing of all samples. For now, validity testing remains voluntary for employers, but the Department of Health and Human Services, which regulates drug-testing laboratories, is working on standardized test procedures.

December 11, 2000 - Industry News

More Than 200 Drivers Denied Vision Exemptions

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has published a list of 247 drivers the agency has turned down for exemptions to federal vision standards

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