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April 18, 2000 - Industry News

Slater Tours Country Promoting Clinton-Gore Platform

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater is in the first week of a two-week, multi-modal transportation tour across America to promote the Clinton-Gore administration's transportation policies

April 14, 2000 - Industry News

More Vision Exemptions Approved

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exempted another 34 drivers from federal vision requisions and has proposed to exempt 62 more

April 13, 2000 - Industry News

EPA Modifies Self-Disclosure Policies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised its two self-disclosure policies which encourage companies and other regulated entities to voluntarily disclose and correct violations

April 13, 2000 - Industry News

Ergonomics Standard "Unworkable" Says ATA

A new ergonomics standard proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is “completely unworkable” because it is not based on sound science and it is too costly and not necessary, says the American Trucking Assns

April 11, 2000 - Industry News

Details Emerge on Hours of Service Proposal

The Department of Transportation is making plans to roll out its hours of service reform proposal

April 11, 2000 - Industry News

Idaho Repeals Weight-Distance Tax

Idaho's governor is expected to sign legislation that repeals the state's weight-distance tax and gives the American Trucking Assns. $27 million in order to settle the ATA's suit alleging that the tax is unconstitutional

April 10, 2000 - Industry News

Study Recommends Haz-Mat Improvements

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s hazardous materials program works reasonably well, but needs improvement, according to a recently released program evaluation.

April 6, 2000 - Industry News

Truckers, Shippers Renew Push for Higher Weight Limit

Against all odds, truckers and shippers renewed a Capitol Hill campaign to allow states to raise truck weight limits to 97,000 pounds. The effort, launched this week at a Capitol Hill meeting by Americans for Safe and Efficient Transportation, revives a piece of legislation introduced last year that would give states the authority to set the higher limits. The bill, H.R. 1667, also would require the heavier trucks to have a sixth axle at the rear of the trailer to spread the weight

March 28, 2000 - Industry News

DOT To Accept Payments Via Internet

The U.S. Department of Transportation is now letting customers pay for goods and services, receive applications for registration and conduct other business with the department via the Internet

March 28, 2000 - Industry News

RSPA Withdraws Haz-Mat Tank Monitoring Proposal

The Research and Special Programs Administration has withdrawn a 1992 proposal to require signaling systems to monitor hazardous materials cargo tank loading and unloading.

March 27, 2000 - Industry News

OSHA Puts 13,000 Worksites on Safety Notice

Approximately 13,000 employers, including many trucking companies, have been put on notice to fix workplace safety and health hazards or face comprehensive inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

March 24, 2000 - Industry News

DOT To Evaluate ITS Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected seven Intelligent Transportation Systems projects for national evaluation

March 24, 2000 - Industry News

Meeting the Challenge of Truck and Bus Safety

On January 26, 1999, I assumed responsibility for the truck and bus safety program of the Department of Transportation. As Program Manager for the Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety, I was immediately immersed in

March 23, 2000 - Industry News

Washington Officials Focus on Diesel Prices

Official concern about diesel prices escalated in Washington, DC, this week. House transportation leaders held hearings, truckers marched for the third time in two months, and trucking spokesmen gathered at the Department of Transportation to seek

March 23, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Asks Supreme Court to Review Contract Dispute Case

Should owner-operators be allowed to sue carriers over violation of of federal leasing rules? The American Trucking Assns. says no and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the issue

March 21, 2000 - Industry News

Court to Decide If Drivers Who Tested Positive Must Be Rehired

The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear a case revolving around whether an employer can be forced by arbitration to reinstate a driver who tested positive for illegal drugs

March 21, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Invites Comments on Drug/Alcohol Testing Changes

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host an electronic bulletin board discussion of proposed changes to drug and alcohol testing rules from April 3 through April 5.

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

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