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September 1, 1999 - Industry News

FHWA Won't Ask For Rear Guard Retrofits

The Federal Highway Administration says it does not intend to propose a retrofitting requirement for rear impact protection on older trailers, but it has tightened safety rules to make sure devices on new trailers are properly maintained

August 31, 1999 - Industry News

NTSB Pushes Technology At Truck Safety Hearing

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall is pressing for highway safety to be at the top of the agenda for federal and state governments and the trucking industry. Yesterday, during the first day of a three-day hearing on safety technology for commercial vehicles, he seemed to have some doubts as to whether that is the case

August 30, 1999 - Industry News

Hours-Of-Service Proposal Getting Closer

A long-awaited proposal to reform truck driver hours-of-service appears to be nearing publication

August 17, 1999 - Industry News

Senator Introduces Inspection Legislation

In response to a recent bus tragedy in New Orleans, a Louisiana senator has introduced legislation to improve motor carrier safety compliance reviews

August 17, 1999 - Industry News

Rule Change Would Put 'Unsatisfactory' Carriers Out Of Service

The Federal Highway Administration has asked for comments on a proposal to automatically shut down carriers that don't correct "unsatisfactory" safety ratings after 60 days

August 16, 1999 - Industry News

FHWA Nixes Hours-Of-Service Exemption

The Federal Highway Administration says it will deny an emergency service provider's request to be exempted from federal hours-of-service rules.

August 8, 1999 - Industry News

Unfinished Hours Of Service Proposal Gets Media Coverage

Washington rumors and an American Trucking Assns. petition led to articles on new hours-of-service rules Friday that are causing concern among truckers

August 5, 1999 - Industry News

Senate Considers Motor Carrier Administration

Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, yesterday introduced the Senate version of a bill that would set up a separate Motor Carrier Safety Administration

August 4, 1999 - Industry News

Weight-Distance Tax Proposal Still Alive

A proposed national weight-distance tax on trucks did not make it into the tax package Congress has been debating this summer -- but that does not mean it will go away. In fact, it is going to be around for a while and it is going to be hard to ignore

August 4, 1999 - Industry News

House Votes to Stall OSHA's Ergonomics Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would stall the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's proposed ergonomics rule

August 3, 1999 - Industry News

Motor Carrier Administration Bill Introduced

The trucking industry is one step nearer to its long-sought goal of a separate federal administration for motor carriers

August 3, 1999 - Industry News

Hazmat Clarification Deadline Extended

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration has extended the comment deadline on proposals aimed at defining when hazardous materials transportation applies to loading, unloading and storage

August 1, 1999 - Industry News

DOT Strategic Planning Session Continues This Week

Truckers and other transportation representatives will meet at the Department of Transportation for the second time this week to continue building DOT's strategic plan for improving truck and bus safety

August 1, 1999 - Industry News

Court Upholds Lease Termination by Mail

A U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that owner-operator leases canceled by mail can relieve the carrier of liability, even if the owner-operator continues to display the carrier's placard

August 1, 1999 - Industry News

Truck Safety Legislation Is In Gear

Truck safety steps into the spotlight on Capitol Hill this week, as the Department of Transportation offers a bill to implement its safety strategy, and the House marks up a bill to create a new National Motor Carrier Administration

July 29, 1999 - Industry News

Federal Ruling Could Mean Overtime Pay For Drivers

A federal court decision spells big trouble for some New Jersey-based truckers. A 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling requires all New Jersey carriers to pay drivers time-and-a-half for each hour over 40 worked in any one week

July 27, 1999 - Industry News

Improved Meal Tax Deduction a Possibility

A better meal tax deduction is still part of the congressional tax package -- but its chances for survival appear slim

July 27, 1999 - Industry News

Exemptions, But Not Necessarily Jobs, For Vision-Impaired Drivers

The Federal Highway Administration will continue to exempt qualified truck drivers from vision rules, but the Supreme Court says that carriers don't have to hire those drivers. "We never said this was a guarantee of a job," says Sandra Zywokarte, Office of Motor Carrier Research and Standards

July 26, 1999 - Industry News

House Still Working on Truck Safety Bill

A U.S. House of Representatives panel is considering several different truck safety proposals, including one that would create a separate administration for trucks and buses within the Department of Transportation

July 22, 1999 - Industry News

DOT Drops Idea To Restrict Access To Carrier Data

The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has withdrawn its proposal to restrict access to individual carrier data

July 20, 1999 - Industry News

Feds Considering Graduated CDL

The Federal Highway Administration is planning a survey to determine how the trucking industry feels about allowing younger drivers to obtain commercial licenses

July 18, 1999 - Industry News

DOT Enlists Industry for Strategic Planning Effort

A diverse mix of transportation interests met for two days last week at the federal Department of Transportation to begin hammering out DOT's strategic plan for improving truck and bus safety

July 1, 1999 - Industry News

DOT Schedules National Safety Workshops

The Department of Transportation is inviting the transportation community in for discussions on truck and bus safety

June 29, 1999 - Industry News

Parking Forum Struggles To Find Solutions

Nearly everyone in trucking agrees that in many parts of the country, finding a parking space to sleep at night is difficult, if not impossible, for long-haul truckers. But developing concrete solutions to the problem is a complex process, as attendees at the Federal Highway Administration's rest area forum in Atlanta have been finding out this week

June 25, 1999 - Industry News

House Bill Would Stall OSHA's Ergonomics Rule

A U.S. House committee voted to apply to brakes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's proposed ergonomics rule

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