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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

June 24, 1999 - Industry News

House Passes Transport Funding Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that authorizes funds for highways and transportation next fiscal year -- but not including money for the federal truck safety agency

June 22, 1999 - Industry News

Supreme Court Rules ADA Doesn't Apply To Driver Vision

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act does not protect people with poor eyesight or other conditions that can be corrected. The rulings bar discrimination lawsuits by a truck driver almost blind in one eye, a mechanic with high blood pressure and two nearsighted pilots

June 17, 1999 - Industry News

Hill Aide Sees Support for Weight-Distance Taxes

There may be a new highway tax structure in your future, a Capitol Hill insider told truckers

June 14, 1999 - Industry News

Too Much Disagreement, Too Little Time For Negotiated Rulemaking

There is too much disagreement over truck driver hours of service for a negotiated rulemaking to work within a reasonable period of time

June 10, 1999 - Industry News

Sleep Scientist Proposes Fatigue Management Program

A California company is looking for a few trucking companies to help create a prototype alertness management program that could become part of the solution to truck driver fatigue

June 8, 1999 - Industry News

Strict Enforcement Needed To Meet Slater's Goals

One element of Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater's program for truck safety is a "stretch" goal for DOT staff: Reduce truck-related accident fatalities by 50% in the next 10 years

June 8, 1999 - Industry News

Hours-Of-Service Update

The Department of Transportation still does not know exactly how it is going to get agreement on driver hours-of-service reform. A negotiated rulemaking is not likely, said Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety chief Julie Cirillo in an interview with RoadStar. But some sort of negotiation is needed to keep all the stakeholders involved: "We are trying to figure out how we are going to engage the community in the process.

May 27, 1999 - Industry News

Wolf Tightens Screws on OMCHS

Rep. Frank Wolf is going to withhold funding for the Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety until he sees significant reforms in the federal truck safety program

May 26, 1999 - Industry News

Slater's Plan Draws Criticism

Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater's conservative approach to fixing problems of truck safety — leaving truck safety oversight where it is — drew a sharp reaction from Capitol Hill

May 26, 1999 - Industry News

Mineta Recommends Higher Status For Safety In DOT

Norman Mineta has added a new wrinkle to the debate over truck safety. The former congressman yesterday proposed yet another solution to the federal government's performance problem: Give safety and highways equal status in the same office in the Department of Transportation

May 25, 1999 - Industry News

Slater Acts to Keep OMCHS Where It Is

Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater is committing the Department of Transportation to an ambitious safety action plan, with the objective of reducing truck-related highway fatalities by 50% over the next 10 years

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