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July 31, 2000 - Industry News

New Safety Rule: Unsatisfactory Rating Leads to Out-of-Service Order

Federal officials are about to post a rule that will put truckers out of service if they don’t improve an unsatisfactory safety rating. The rule, which has cleared the White House and is due out from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration possibly this week, says that truckers have 60 days to fix an unsatisfactory rating or be declared unfit and placed out of service. It also says that the federal government, the country’s biggest shipper, may not use “unfit” truckers

July 28, 2000 - Industry News

The Election and Trucking

Even as Congress returns to work this week, all eyes are on the Presidential election, now less than two months away. How the election will affect Congress, and Congress' impact on trucking, is anybody's guess. Some basics are

July 27, 2000 - Industry News

Bill Would Let Local Governments Regulate Tow Trucks

State and local governments would have broad authority to regulate tow truck operators under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week

July 19, 2000 - Industry News

GAO Report Underscores Lack of Data in Hours Proposal

Estimates of safety gains from revision of the hours of service rules are based on assumptions, not concrete data – and no one knows if those assumptions are reasonable. That is the message to Congress from the General Accounting Office, the watchdog agency charged with critiquing how government does its work

July 14, 2000 - Industry News

New Hazmat Guidelines for Tunnels on PA Turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently issued revised guidelines on transporting hazardous materials through its five tunnels. The new regulations — which became effective July 15 — permit truck drivers to haul formerly prohibited materials in restricted non-bulk shipments

July 14, 2000 - Industry News

Senate Rejects Fuel Tax Suspension

As part of the ongoing estate tax debate, the Senate voted overwhelmingly last week against suspending the federal fuel tax through the November election. Critics said the measure was nothing more than an attempt to influence

July 9, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Wraps Up Public Hearings on Hours Reform

The struggle over hours of service reform entered a new phase with the end last week of public hearings by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

July 6, 2000 - Industry News

Final Hours of Service Hearing Under Way

The parade of more than 500 witnesses on hours of service reform is drawing to a close in Washington, D.C., today as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds the eighth and final public hearing on the controversial proposal. Or maybe it won’t be the final hearing after all. Several witnesses at yesterday’s opening session asked the safety agency to schedule yet another hearing so that shippers could get their views into the record

June 30, 2000 - Industry News

NTSB Recommends Haz-Mat Loading/Unloading Regs

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration establish safety requirements for the loading and unloading of hazardous materials within one year

June 30, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Urges Colleagues to Support Hours of Service Reform

Rep. Frank Wolf is calling on his congressional colleagues to reject a Senate attempt to squelch a proposal to reform the hours of service rules. In a letter, the Virginia Republican said that the Department of Transportation

June 29, 2000 - Industry News

Shippers Target at Atlanta HOS Hearing

It was standing-room only Thursday morning at the meeting room in the TA Atlanta South truckstop as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration convened its next-to-last public listening session on its controversial hours of service proposal

June 29, 2000 - Industry News

Illinois Suspends Fuel Tax

Expect to see pump prices drop in Illinois in the next week. The state General Assembly has suspended the 5 percent sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for six months, effective Saturday, July 1

June 28, 2000 - Industry News

Rep. Blunt Calls for Fuel Tax Suspension

Rep. Roy Blunt revived congressional efforts to lower fuel prices by suspending the federal fuel tax. This week the Missouri Republican called for a 90-day suspension of the federal tax on gasoline and diesel, amounting to 18.4 cents per gallon. He said the combination of rising fuel prices in the Midwest, and a $50 billion federal budget surplus, justify the $8 billion loss of revenue to the Highway Trust Fund that would result from the tax suspension

June 28, 2000 - Industry News

Congress Supports More Investment In Truck Safety

As the budgeting process for the Department of Transportation unfolds, it is clear that Congress will support a significantly higher investment in truck safety

June 22, 2000 - Industry News

Hart Acknowledges Trucker Concerns About Hours of Service

In the face of strong criticism from Congress, Clyde Hart, acting chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said the agency will be making significant changes in its proposed hours-of-service rules

June 19, 2000 - Industry News

Hours of Service Hearing Starts in Indianapolis

The fifth in a series of public hearings on the federal government's hours of service proposal gets under way today in Indianapolis

June 19, 2000 - Industry News

HOS: Trucking Niches Say, "We Don't Fit"

The trucking industry wanted the DOT to avoid a "one-size-fits-all" approach in its new hours of service regulations, so the agency came up with five different "types" of drivers, all with different rules. But a lot

June 16, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Will Fight ATA Effort to Kill Hours of Service Proposal

Truckers are in for a fight over their move to kill the Department of Transportation’s proposal to reform hours of service rules. American Trucking Associations, arguing that the proposal would cost a fortune and would not improve

June 15, 2000 - Industry News

Truckers Jam KC Hours Hearing

It was standing-room only at the Wagstaff Theater in Kansas City, Mo., yesterday as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration got into gear in the fourth of its public hearings on the controversial proposed hours of service rules

June 14, 2000 - Industry News

RSPA to Standardize Intermediate Container Unloading Exemptions

The Research and Special Programs Administration wants to consolidate and standardize all existing exemptions that authorize the discharge of intermediate bulk containers from a motor vehicle without removing the IBC from the vehicle

June 13, 2000 - Industry News

Senate Bill Would Kill Hours of Service Proposal

Pushed by the American Trucking Associations, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure that would force the Department of Transportation to stop its reform of the hours of service regulations. The maneuver raises the possibility that the controversial reform proposal could be killed by legislative fiat. At this point, however, the ATA tactic faces many obstacles

June 13, 2000 - Industry News

New DOT Marking Rule Effective Monday

If you buy a truck on or after Monday, July 3, it must carry the motor carrier identification number issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the legal name of the company that owns the vehicle or controls its operation

June 13, 2000 - Industry News

O.K. to Put Hazmat Placards Low On Trailer

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Div. has reversed its ban on placards mounted low on the rear of a trailer

June 13, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends HOS Hearings

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has added two more days to the schedule of hearing on proposed hours-of-service rule changes. The additional hearings will be held July 6 and 7 in Washington D.C. For more information

June 10, 2000 - Industry News

Cirillo Defends Proposal, Is Open to Changes

Truckers are up in arms over proposed changes to the hours of service rules, but the chief federal safety officer believes the proposal is on target

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