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August 9, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Takes Hours Case to Public

The U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday reached out for support from the general public to help keep its hours of service proposal alive. The same day the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it was extending

August 9, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes New Rules for Brake Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to change federal safety regulations to establish pass/fail criteria for use with performance-based brake testers that measure the braking performance of commercial motor vehicles

August 8, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Opens Hours Reform to Roundtable Discussions

In a bid to keep hours of service reform alive, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold three roundtable meetings so truckers and others can elaborate on their concerns about the proposed rule. Also, the agency is extending the deadline for comments on the proposal from Oct. 31 to Dec. 15

August 8, 2000 - Industry News

NHTSA Wants to Know About Truck Defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants truckers to know that its "Auto Safety Hotline" isn't just for autos -- it's for all vehicles, including heavy trucks

August 7, 2000 - Industry News

A Good Time to Get Involved in Politics

With all the media coverage of the presidential race, it's easy to overlook the Senators and Congressman who represent your interests in Washington. But this month is a perfect opportunity to make sure they know just

August 3, 2000 - Industry News

Bush Campaign Song Targets Working People

A new Republican campaign anthem aimed at working families -- including truckers -- is scheduled to be introduced tonight after George W. Bush finishes his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia

August 2, 2000 - Industry News

Drug Tests Will Leave A Permanent Mark in Oregon

Truckers who test positive for drugs are going to have a harder time getting back behind the wheel in Oregon

August 2, 2000 - Industry News

Trucking and the Republican Platform

A look at the 2000 GOP Platform, ratified at last week's national convention in Philadelphia, turns up several areas of interest to the trucking industry. One of the hottest issues in the election race that affects trucking

August 2, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Pressing to Keep Hours of Service Reform in Gear

With a deadline looming for resolution of the hours of service impasse in Congress, the search for a compromise is heating up. DOT officials are speaking privately to congressional leaders and interest groups about ways to keep the rulemaking in motion, while accommodating concerns about the proposed rule’s cost and effectiveness

July 31, 2000 - Industry News

OSHA: Access to Self-Audits Necessary for Enforcement

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has a right to see a company’s voluntary self-audit results and will exercise that right when necessary

July 31, 2000 - Industry News

New Safety Rule: Unsatisfactory Rating Leads to Out-of-Service Order

Federal officials are about to post a rule that will put truckers out of service if they don’t improve an unsatisfactory safety rating. The rule, which has cleared the White House and is due out from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration possibly this week, says that truckers have 60 days to fix an unsatisfactory rating or be declared unfit and placed out of service. It also says that the federal government, the country’s biggest shipper, may not use “unfit” truckers

July 28, 2000 - Industry News

The Election and Trucking

Even as Congress returns to work this week, all eyes are on the Presidential election, now less than two months away. How the election will affect Congress, and Congress' impact on trucking, is anybody's guess. Some basics are

July 27, 2000 - Industry News

Bill Would Let Local Governments Regulate Tow Trucks

State and local governments would have broad authority to regulate tow truck operators under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week

July 19, 2000 - Industry News

GAO Report Underscores Lack of Data in Hours Proposal

Estimates of safety gains from revision of the hours of service rules are based on assumptions, not concrete data – and no one knows if those assumptions are reasonable. That is the message to Congress from the General Accounting Office, the watchdog agency charged with critiquing how government does its work

July 14, 2000 - Industry News

New Hazmat Guidelines for Tunnels on PA Turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently issued revised guidelines on transporting hazardous materials through its five tunnels. The new regulations — which became effective July 15 — permit truck drivers to haul formerly prohibited materials in restricted non-bulk shipments

July 14, 2000 - Industry News

Senate Rejects Fuel Tax Suspension

As part of the ongoing estate tax debate, the Senate voted overwhelmingly last week against suspending the federal fuel tax through the November election. Critics said the measure was nothing more than an attempt to influence

July 9, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Wraps Up Public Hearings on Hours Reform

The struggle over hours of service reform entered a new phase with the end last week of public hearings by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

July 6, 2000 - Industry News

Final Hours of Service Hearing Under Way

The parade of more than 500 witnesses on hours of service reform is drawing to a close in Washington, D.C., today as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds the eighth and final public hearing on the controversial proposal. Or maybe it won’t be the final hearing after all. Several witnesses at yesterday’s opening session asked the safety agency to schedule yet another hearing so that shippers could get their views into the record

June 30, 2000 - Industry News

NTSB Recommends Haz-Mat Loading/Unloading Regs

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration establish safety requirements for the loading and unloading of hazardous materials within one year

June 30, 2000 - Industry News

Wolf Urges Colleagues to Support Hours of Service Reform

Rep. Frank Wolf is calling on his congressional colleagues to reject a Senate attempt to squelch a proposal to reform the hours of service rules. In a letter, the Virginia Republican said that the Department of Transportation

June 29, 2000 - Industry News

Shippers Target at Atlanta HOS Hearing

It was standing-room only Thursday morning at the meeting room in the TA Atlanta South truckstop as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration convened its next-to-last public listening session on its controversial hours of service proposal

June 29, 2000 - Industry News

Illinois Suspends Fuel Tax

Expect to see pump prices drop in Illinois in the next week. The state General Assembly has suspended the 5 percent sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for six months, effective Saturday, July 1

June 28, 2000 - Industry News

Rep. Blunt Calls for Fuel Tax Suspension

Rep. Roy Blunt revived congressional efforts to lower fuel prices by suspending the federal fuel tax. This week the Missouri Republican called for a 90-day suspension of the federal tax on gasoline and diesel, amounting to 18.4 cents per gallon. He said the combination of rising fuel prices in the Midwest, and a $50 billion federal budget surplus, justify the $8 billion loss of revenue to the Highway Trust Fund that would result from the tax suspension

June 28, 2000 - Industry News

Congress Supports More Investment In Truck Safety

As the budgeting process for the Department of Transportation unfolds, it is clear that Congress will support a significantly higher investment in truck safety

June 22, 2000 - Industry News

Hart Acknowledges Trucker Concerns About Hours of Service

In the face of strong criticism from Congress, Clyde Hart, acting chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said the agency will be making significant changes in its proposed hours-of-service rules

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