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November 8, 2000 - Industry News

What Does the Election Mean for Trucking?

As close and uncertain as the election results are, it looks likely that we'll have Republican control of the White House and both houses of Congress for the first time in 48 years. We will have to

November 2, 2000 - Industry News

Bush Leads In Poll of Truckers, Gore Running Far Behind

The nation’s truckers have made it known who they prefer in the race for the White House. The latest poll conducted by truckinginfo.com gives an almost 4-1 margin of victory to Republican nominee George W. Bush

November 1, 2000 - Industry News

North Carolina Clears Logjam for Tranportation Permits

Transportation officials in North Carolina have cleared a huge backlog of permit applications that had delayed shipments of heavy and large equipment across the state

October 31, 2000 - Industry News

Officials Taking Close Look at ATA's HOS Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reportedly plans to give serious consideration to the American Trucking Associations' proposal for revised hours of service rules

October 28, 2000 - Industry News

Millions In Tax Credits May Go Begging

Truck owners trading in their rigs may be missing out on millions of dollars in federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) credits as the number of used trucks in dealer lots grows

October 25, 2000 - Industry News

Changes Proposed for International Hazmat Freight

The Research and Special Programs Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed changes to the Hazardous Materials Regulations that will bring them in line with international standards

October 24, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Gets Funds for Stronger Federal Truck Safety Effort

President Clinton signed a transportation appropriations bill that funds a significantly higher federal investment in truck safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration got a 60% increase, from $171 million to $269 million for fiscal year 2001. The bill covers everything from the postponement of the hours of service rules and closing holes in the CDL program to border inspections and the shortage of truck parking, with a major funding increase for state enforcement efforts

October 22, 2000 - Industry News

Senate Approves Heating Oil Reserve for Northeast

The U.S. Senate approved the creation of a 2 million barrel home heating oil reserve for the Northeast last week, while the recent release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve continued to make headlines. The legislation also renews the president's authority to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a 600 million barrel stockpile in Texas and Louisiana set aside by law for emergencies

October 20, 2000 - Industry News

Goodyear Says Light Commercial Tire Problems Not Another Firestone Recall Situation

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that tread separation problems similar to those in the Firestone/Ford tire recall have contributed to eight deaths linked to Goodyear commercial light truck tires. But Goodyear says that report is misleading

October 20, 2000 - Industry News

What Goes Around Doesn&#39t Quite Come Around

Here’s the latest news from New Jersey: New Jersey Turnpike tolls rose Sept. 30., though more for cash customers than for users of the automated toll system, E-ZPass. The idea is to encourage E-ZPass accounts. Of course, trucks

October 20, 2000 - Industry News

Trucking Companies Want to Test Fatigue Management Program

Two trucking companies want an exemption from the hours of service rules so they can test a new way to manage driver fatigue. Dart Transit, Eagan, Minn., and Star Transport, Morton, Ill., are working with sleep scientist

October 17, 2000 - Industry News

New Regs for "Wet Lines" in the Works

Petroleum haulers may see a government proposal to eliminate so-called “wet lines” early next year. Wet lines are the external loading/unloading lines on tank trailers which, after pumping, may still contain fuel. The National Transportation Safety Board believes they’re dangerous. In 1997, NTSB investigated a crash in Yonkers, N.Y., in which a car collided with a tank trailer in the area of its fill line

October 12, 2000 - Industry News

Truckers Talk to Cheney

Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney visited with truckers in a truckstop in Ohio yesterday, learning about their worries about fuel prices and other issues as part of his "Greatest Generation" bus tour. According to published reports, Cheney nibbled on apple pie and coffee as he shared a table with truckers at the Petro Travel Center about 15 miles south of Bowling Green

October 11, 2000 - Industry News

Truck Inspection Officer Accused of Accepting Bribes

A North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles officer has been accused of accepting bribes from an undercover officer in exchange for not inspecting a trailer properly

October 11, 2000 - Industry News

Arbitrators Likely to Say U.S. Was Wrong in Delaying NAFTA Provisions

A panel of international arbitrators reportedly will hand down a decision soon on whether the United States violated the North American Free Trade Agreement by not opening its borders to Mexican trucks

October 11, 2000 - Industry News

NHTSA Looking for "Drowsy Driver" Detection Systems

The National Traffic Safety Administration is looking for non-contact eye closure monitoring devices to use in tests of “drowsy driver” detection systems

October 9, 2000 - Industry News

Supreme Court to Decide if Arbitrators Can be Overruled

A case now before the U.S. Supreme Court could determine whether or not the courts can overrule labor arbitration awards when public safety may be at stake

October 9, 2000 - Industry News

HOS Roundtable: Onboard Recorders, Driver Categories, Exemptions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week wrapped up six days of roundtable discussions on its massive hours-of-service proposal

October 9, 2000 - Industry News

The Hours Delay: A Sigh of Relief All Around

It will be at least another year, and probably longer, before we see final action on hours of service reform, and practically everyone says that’s a good thing

October 6, 2000 - Industry News

Patt Supports STAA

Parents Against Tired Truckers is urging truckers to support legislation which would require the posting of the OSHA Surface Transportation Assistance Act Poster 3113 at all trucking facilities and terminals. The poster is designed to inform

October 5, 2000 - Industry News

Debate Deja Vu on Energy Policy

Thursday evening's debate between vice presidential candidates Democrat Joseph Lieberman and Republican Dick Cheney saw both men echo many of the same proposals and ideas that presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush touched on during their first debate two nights earlier

October 5, 2000 - Industry News

Cardiac Tests Dropped from New Medical Exam Form

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has dropped specific reference to ECG and EST tests in its new medical examination form, but says it will propose the establishment of a medical panel to review and make recommendations for amending qualifying standards and tests for drivers with cardiac conditions

October 4, 2000 - Industry News

NHTSA Considering Cross-View Mirrors for Delivery Trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering a proposal to require convex cross-view mirrors on the rear of delivery and service trucks so drivers can see pedestrians behind the vehicles

October 4, 2000 - Industry News

Nationwide Port Trucker Protest Packs Less Punch Than Promised

California Republicans Promise Fuel Tax Cut For Votes EPA Administrator To Pressure Clinton To Keep Cleaner Diesel Plan Alive Trucker Recognized For 5 Million Mile Accident Free Career

October 4, 2000 - Industry News

In Perspective: The Hours of Service Compromise

A congressional compromise on hours of service reform means it will be at least another year before a new rule kicks in. The deal will permit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to continue working on its

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