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March 21, 2000 - Industry News

Feds Give States More Slack on Safety Programs

Acting on orders from Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finalized new rules governing the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program that give the states greater flexibility to design truck and bus safety programs that address both state and federal goals

March 17, 2000 - Industry News

Impaired Driver To Get Second Chance for Medical Waiver

A U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to deny a vision waiver to a one-armed driver and ordered the agency to come up with a way to evaluate driving skills based on individual capabilities

March 16, 2000 - Industry News

IRP Base State Question Now In Court

What's your base state? The International Registration Plan says it's the state where you maintain your principal place of business -- not the address of your licening bureau. Truckers Bookkeeping Service doesn’t agree, and has taken the issue to court.

March 15, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Gets Clarification of OSHA Recording Rules

In response to a letter from the American Trucking Assn., the U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Administration has issued an interpretation on how employer should record driver injuries and determine incident rates

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Denies Carrier Requests to Keep Financial Data Private

Carriers that don’t want their financial and operating data made public will have to show more than “possible” harm, says the U. S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

NTSB To Hold Symposium On Safety Data Privacy

The National Transportation Safety Board will host a symposium next month designed to air the conflicts between the growing need for data to improve transportation safety and the industry's concern about the use of that data in regulatory actions, lawsuits and criminal prosecutions

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Where is Trucking on Their Agendas?

Okay, now that John McCain is out of the race, do either of the remaining candidates know a truck from a trowel or transportation from transgression? Sen. McCain (R-AZ) is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

U.S. House Passes Meal Tax Deduction Increase

As part of a bill to increase the minimum wage to $6.15 by the year 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives has also passed a measure to restore to 80% the tax deduction that trucker drivers can take for food and beverages while they're on the road. But the vote late Thursday evening by a 246-179 margin has already drawn a promised veto from President Clinton, who says the legislation is loaded with $122 billion in special business tax cuts

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Officially Launches New Safety Agency

The fledgling Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was officially pushed out of the nest yesterday, as top officials from the Department of Transportation hosted congressional and industry leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "We understand that this is

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets 3-Year Action Plan

For the past nine months, truck safety enforcement has been getting tougher, with a 96% increase in compliance reviews and a 107% increase in penalties – but it’s only the beginning. The federal truck safety program is

March 6, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Making Slow Progress

The federal truck and bus safety program is getting a much better reception on Capitol Hill than it was this time last year, but it still has miles to go before the critics will be satisfied. At a hearing before the House Transportation Subcommittee last week, chairman Frank Wolf, R-VA, gave notice that he is going to keep a sharp eye on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

March 6, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Presses for Action on FMCSA Leadership

In a move to speed up the search for leadership at the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA, offered to help rewrite the terms of the job

March 3, 2000 - Industry News

RSPA Looking for Ways to Cut Costs for Small Businesses

The Research and Special Programs Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting March 28 and 29 to discuss ways to improve safety, increase customer service, and reduce costs (especially for small businesses) through its management of the hazardous materials transportation safety program.

March 2, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Asks Labor Secretary to Withdraw Ergonomics Rule

The American Trucking Assn's says a new ergonomics standard proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is unconstitutional

February 29, 2000 - Industry News

OSHA Adds Another Week to Ergonomics Hearings

In order to accommodate more than 300 requests from individuals and organizations that want to testify, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has added an extra week to its schedule of public hearings on proposed ergonomics standards.

February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Tank Carriers Challenge New HazMat Fees

The National Tank Truck Carriers Assn. has asked the Research and Special Programs Administration to reconsider recently announced increases in filing fees for large hazardous materials carriers, charging that the new registration rules contradict facts and are not enforceable.

February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Government Trying To Reduce Freight Paperwork

The General Services Administration is hoping to reducing paperwork and cost by simplifying the rules of freight delivery to government agencies.

February 24, 2000 - Industry News

Train Whistles Or No: The Debate Could Get Noisy

The Federal Railroad Administration will begin a series of public meetings in March to discuss the mandated use of train whistles at highway-rail crossings. The issue is crossing safety versus noise pollution -- and could generate

February 18, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Rules on Intrastate Trips

Truckers who begin a trip in interstate commerce and run only intrastate the rest of the week still come under federal jurisdiction, according to a new policy memo issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration. The issue centers on hours-of-service rules and overtime pay.

February 18, 2000 - Industry News

STB To Hold Railroad Hearings

The Surface Transportation Board has scheduled a four-day public hearing on major rail consolidations and the present and future structure of the North American rail industry. The hearings will be held March 7 through 10 at

February 17, 2000 - Industry News

Drug Test Tracking Hits Snag In Oregon

A new state law in Oregon that requires failed drug tests to be indicated on commercial driving records has hit a snag: How it's going to be paid for

February 16, 2000 - Industry News

Court Upholds Bottleneck Contract Exception

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld the so-called "contract exception" to the Surface Transportation Board's bottleneck decision.

February 16, 2000 - Industry News

Pilot Program Would Relax HOS Rules For Heating Oil Deliveries

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a pilot program that would relax hours-of-service rules during winter months for some home heating oil delivery drivers.

February 16, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Presses for Results in Search for FMCSA Chief

The Department of Transportation is not moving quickly enough to name a boss for the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA. Wolf’s complaint came during a Feb. 15 hearing on the DOT budget. The House Transportation Appropriations Committee, which Wolf chairs, is concerned about the slow progress of finding an administrator for the new agency, Wolf told DOT Secretary Rodney Slater.

February 15, 2000 - Industry News

STB Seeks Shipper Participation in Freight Classification

The Surface Transportation Board is looking for ways to increase shipper participation in the freight classification process

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