June 13, 2000 - Industry News
Pushed by the American Trucking Associations, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure that would force the Department of Transportation to stop its reform of the hours of service regulations.
The maneuver raises the possibility that the controversial reform proposal could be killed by legislative fiat. At this point, however, the ATA tactic faces many obstacles
If you buy a truck on or after Monday, July 3, it must carry the motor carrier identification number issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the legal name of the company that owns the vehicle or controls its operation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Div. has reversed its ban on placards mounted low on the rear of a trailer
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has added two more days to the schedule of hearing on proposed hours-of-service rule changes. The additional hearings will be held July 6 and 7 in Washington D.C.
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June 10, 2000 - Industry News
Truckers are up in arms over proposed changes to the hours of service rules, but the chief federal safety officer believes the proposal is on target
With truckers pushing for legislation to squelch the hours of service proposal, Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater granted industry requests for more time to review and comment.
After initially resisting calls for more time, Slater Friday issued instructions to extend the comment period from July 31 to October 30.
His decision came after dozens of witnesses in public hearings on the proposal urged that the extension be granted.
June 9, 2000 - Industry News
The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to block new ergonomics regulations that have been blasted by the American Trucking Associations and other business groups
June 8, 2000 - Industry News
"…you have to call Dallas to let them know you're stepping out a few minutes to get a haircut."
Those words, spoken by a driver for Greyhound, put a very human face on implementing the new hours
Back in 1991, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it was going to rewrite and simplify its motor carrier safety regulations. The "zero-base review," as it was called, which was to have been completed by 1994, is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review
The second public hearing on the proposed hours of service regulations, held in Ontario, Calif., Wednesday and Thursday, was no great surprise. The testimony from nearly 100 different parties roundly condemned the proposals.
Even Tami Friedrich, a
June 6, 2000 - Industry News
A major supplier of truck components has a device that may change the argument over using electronic recorders to track driver hours.
The recorders are a major bone of contention in the proposed changes to the hours of service rules. Truckers are up in arms about a provision that would replace paper logs with onboard recorders for longhaul and regional operators.
The contention swirls around two issues: purpose and expense.
June 5, 2000 - Industry News
A bill to give truckers relief from high fuel prices will get a hearing in the House today
The public meeting tomorrow in Chicago on the Commercial Drivers License will take place, after all
June 4, 2000 - Industry News
The message at the first public hearing on hours of service rules was as blunt as a tire iron. Truckers don’t like what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing.
In many different ways, truckers all
June 2, 2000 - Industry News
Within two years all trucks in interstate commerce will have to carry the motor carrier identification number issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
May 31, 2000 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a clarification to its hours-of-service proposal regarding the economic impact on small fleets.
May 30, 2000 - Industry News
The National Private Truck Council has announced the hotel locations for a series of one-day forums on the proposed hours-of-service rules it is holding around the country
The California Trucking Assn. has scheduled a series of town hall meetings to addressed proposed truck driver hours and service reform. The meetings will included representatives from the California Highway Patrol, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and CTA who will answer trucking industry questions about the rules in a panel format
May 29, 2000 - Industry News
As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prepares for the first public hearing on proposed changes to its truck driver hours of service rules Wednesday, Congress has a bill that would prevent the agency from implementing
May 26, 2000 - Industry News
The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has temporarily blocked a new ergonomics standard proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Because the "violation" rate for truck driver alcohol testing stayed under 0.5% two years in a row, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says carriers can continue to random alcohol test at a reduced 10% rate. However the rate for random controlled substance testing stays at 50%.
May 25, 2000 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is digging in its heels on an extension of the comment period for its hours of service proposal. It will, however, add another public hearing on the proposal at the end of the scheduled series of seven, sources say. The new hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 10-11 in Washington, D.C
May 23, 2000 - Industry News
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied the requests of 141 monocular drivers for exemptions from federal vision standards. The program, started in 1998, has some general guidelines for the exemptions which FMCSA says these applicants did not meet
May 22, 2000 - Industry News
The appointment of Clyde J. Hart, Jr., the new acting chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has received broad industry support
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public meeting on June 6 to discuss the Illinois CDL program
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