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August 26, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts New Safety Fitness Rule

It's official: Starting Nov. 20, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will put truckers out of service if they don’t improve an unsatisfactory safety rating. Under the "Unsat = Unfit" rule, as it is called, truckers will have 60 days to fix an unsatisfactory rating or be declared unfit and placed out of service. The rule also says that the federal government, the country's biggest shipper, may not use "unfit" truckers

August 25, 2000 - Industry News

Slater Threatens Veto, Promises Changes on Hours of Service

With a veto threat in one hand and a promise of changes in the other, Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater yesterday continued his campaign to keep the hours of service reform process alive. Slater said he would have

August 24, 2000 - Industry News

Oregon Looks Into Written CDL Pre-Trip Tests

The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles is looking into using a written or computerized exam to determine CDL pre-trip inspection skills, rather than the physical tests that are currently being used

August 22, 2000 - Industry News

California Tanker Drivers Battle Over Hours of Service

As new hours of service regulations are being debated at the federal and state levels, a bill was recently offered in the California Legislature seeking to increase the hours that gasoline tanker drivers could drive in one day.

August 18, 2000 - Industry News

New Attendance Requirement for Combustible Liquids Unloading

Cargo tank operators carrying combustible liquids are not required to be in close attendance while unloading, according to new rules from the Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration

August 18, 2000 - Industry News

FHWA Proposes Weight/Length Measurement Exclusions

The Federal Highway Administration has proposed criteria for excluding safety or efficiency enhancing devices from vehicle length and width measurements

August 15, 2000 - Industry News

Economists Report HOS Plan Understates Costs, Overstates Benefits

In a study prepared for the American Trucking Associations, a leading economic consulting firm concludes that the federal government's hours of service proposal would cost the trucking industry five times more than the government's estimate, and

August 15, 2000 - Industry News

Wide Range of Parties to be Invited to HOS Roundtables

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to invite people from a large group of "stakeholders" to its three public roundtable meetings on hours of service, which were announced last week.

August 14, 2000 - Industry News

NHTSA To Evaluate ABS, Impact Guard Standards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published a plan for reviewing and evaluating safety standards covering antilock brake systems for heavy trucks and rear impact guards for trailers

August 14, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Launches Long-Term Plan For Improved Truck Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has invited public comments on its long-term strategy and performance planning process and goals

August 11, 2000 - Industry News

HazMat I.D. Sequence Change Could be Costly

The Hazardous Materials Advisory Council says a change in the shipping paper sequence for dangerous goods could require retraining of some 8 million people in the U.S

August 9, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Takes Hours Case to Public

The U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday reached out for support from the general public to help keep its hours of service proposal alive. The same day the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it was extending

August 9, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes New Rules for Brake Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to change federal safety regulations to establish pass/fail criteria for use with performance-based brake testers that measure the braking performance of commercial motor vehicles

August 8, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Opens Hours Reform to Roundtable Discussions

In a bid to keep hours of service reform alive, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold three roundtable meetings so truckers and others can elaborate on their concerns about the proposed rule. Also, the agency is extending the deadline for comments on the proposal from Oct. 31 to Dec. 15

August 8, 2000 - Industry News

NHTSA Wants to Know About Truck Defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants truckers to know that its "Auto Safety Hotline" isn't just for autos -- it's for all vehicles, including heavy trucks

August 7, 2000 - Industry News

A Good Time to Get Involved in Politics

With all the media coverage of the presidential race, it's easy to overlook the Senators and Congressman who represent your interests in Washington. But this month is a perfect opportunity to make sure they know just

August 3, 2000 - Industry News

Bush Campaign Song Targets Working People

A new Republican campaign anthem aimed at working families -- including truckers -- is scheduled to be introduced tonight after George W. Bush finishes his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia

August 2, 2000 - Industry News

Drug Tests Will Leave A Permanent Mark in Oregon

Truckers who test positive for drugs are going to have a harder time getting back behind the wheel in Oregon

August 2, 2000 - Industry News

Trucking and the Republican Platform

A look at the 2000 GOP Platform, ratified at last week's national convention in Philadelphia, turns up several areas of interest to the trucking industry. One of the hottest issues in the election race that affects trucking

August 2, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Pressing to Keep Hours of Service Reform in Gear

With a deadline looming for resolution of the hours of service impasse in Congress, the search for a compromise is heating up. DOT officials are speaking privately to congressional leaders and interest groups about ways to keep the rulemaking in motion, while accommodating concerns about the proposed rule’s cost and effectiveness

July 31, 2000 - Industry News

OSHA: Access to Self-Audits Necessary for Enforcement

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has a right to see a company’s voluntary self-audit results and will exercise that right when necessary

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

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