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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

February 14, 2000 - Industry News

STB Orders Market-Based Rates

The Surface Transportation Board has extended antitrust immunity for the motor carrier rate bureaus -- but only on the condition that the rate bureaus adjust class rates to market-based levels.

February 14, 2000 - Industry News

Hazmat Hauling Rules Tighten

Effective May 2, 2000, anyone who transports or offers for transport placardable quantities of hazardous materials must register as a hazmat hauler with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration. The annual registration fee will be $300 or $2,000 depending on the size of the company.

February 7, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Budget Seeks Big Increase For Safety

The cost of the federal truck safety program is going up. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking Congress for a 54% increase in funding in the next fiscal year.

February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Electronic Logs Pilot Stalled By Lack Of Fleet Interest

The U.S. Department of Transportation has once again extended the application deadline for a pilot project that lets carriers replace paper logs with electronic logs linked the satellite-tracking systems.

February 7, 2000 - Industry News

OMB Will Hold Hours Rules Until End of Month

The proposed revisions to the truck driver hours of service regulations will be held at the White House Office of Management and Budget at least until the end of this month

February 2, 2000 - Industry News

OSHA Extends Deadline On Ergonomics Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has given the public another 30 days to submit comments on its proposed ergnomics standards.

January 31, 2000 - Industry News

Jake Brake Bans Spread

The use of exhaust or compression brakes such as Jake Brakes could be limited under legislation being considered in several states

January 31, 2000 - Industry News

Help Wanted: Don Quixote

Small wonder that the Department of Transportation is having a hard time finding the right person for the top job at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Here’s how the classified ad might read: HELP WANTED: Brand-new

January 28, 2000 - Industry News

Illinois Moves To Close Licensing Loophole

Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would close a licensing loophole that was discovered after an Amtrak train hit a flatbed truck near Bourbonnais last spring, killing 11 people

January 26, 2000 - Industry News

Onboard Recorders Only To Be Mandated For Long Haul

Long-haul truckers will have to use onboard recorders to track driver time, under the proposed hours of service rules now being reviewed by the White House. The requirement would apply to operations that keep drivers on the road for extended periods, sources confirmed. For example, while pickup and delivery operations would not be covered, certain truckload and regional less-than-truckload operations would.

January 25, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Still Has No Boss

The Department of Transportation has organized and begun staffing the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but is running out of time in the search for a person to lead it

January 20, 2000 - Industry News

Official Launch Of FMCSA Next Week

The Department of Transportation is throwing a party next week to inaugurate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

January 19, 2000 - Industry News

Forums Will Discuss Drug/Alcohol Testing Changes

The U.S. Department of Transportation has scheduled three public meetings to discuss proposed changes in drug and alcohol testing rules for transportation workers

January 19, 2000 - Industry News

Truck Parking Under FHWA Scrutiny

The Federal Highway Administration has proposed a survey of truck drivers to gather more information on the adequacy of truck parking facilities

January 15, 2000 - Industry News

New Hours Rule: 12 On, 12 Off

The much-anticipated federal hours-of-service rule will allow 12 hours of driving with 12 hours off and electronic recorders will be mandated, according to Parents Against Tired Truckers.

January 11, 2000 - Industry News

EPA Offers "No Exposure" Stormwater Runoff Permit Exclusion

Starting Feb. 7, trucking companies subject to federal storm water runoff permit rules may be able to get an exclusion

January 9, 2000 - Industry News

Clinton Keeping Mexican Border Closed To Trucks

It's official. The White House has announced that, as we reported last week, it will not be lifting restrictions on Mexican trucks entering the United States as is called for in the North American Free Trade Agreement

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