October 24, 2000 - Industry News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week wrapped up six days of roundtable discussions on its massive hours-of-service proposal
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The third and final roundtable on the hours of service proposal being held by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gets under way today and continues through tomorrow
October 3, 2000 - Industry News
Truckers looking for answers to problems they directly face in their business were most likely disappointed when the top candidates for President of the United States barely touched on the issues during Tuesday evening’s debate in Boston -- but they did talk about how they would address the current fuel crisis
U.S. Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is vowing to fight the implementation of North American Free Trade Agreement provisions allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. highways, and has introduced legislation supporting U.S. safety standards for Mexican trucks crossing the U.S. border
U.S. House and Senate conferees have agreed to compromise legislation that prohibits the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from issuing a final rule on its controversial trucker hours of service proposal for another year.
The safety agency, however, will be able to continue working on the proposal
Since April's hours-of-service proposal, the trucking industry has said the weekend rest provision will put more trucks on the road during morning rush hour
October 2, 2000 - Industry News
Drivers who say their privacy was invaded by the installation of cameras in restrooms by a trucking company have made some headway in the court system
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