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May 9, 2000 - Industry News

Alabama Bill Would Restrict Trucks To Right Lane

An Alabama state representative has introduced a bill that would restrict trucks to the right lane of Interstate 20/59 between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, but the bill is not expected to pass because it was introduced so late in the legislative session

May 8, 2000 - Industry News

Clyde Hart Tapped for Top Safety Post

Clyde J. Hart, Jr., the administrator of the Maritime Administration, is President Clinton’s choice as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to sources. Hart knows trucking from a legislative and regulatory perspective, having served as the senior Democratic lawyer for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation between 1994 and 1998. Before that, he spent 13 years at the Interstate Commerce Commission as a trial attorney and senior counsel

May 5, 2000 - Industry News

Rules Author Speaks: The Thinking Behind The HOS Rules

The current proposal to revise the hours of service regulations probably is the most controversial undertaking in the history of truck safety rules. The demand for reform, which could not be denied, was based more on anecdotal

May 5, 2000 - Industry News

First Hours of Service Hearing Scheduled

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold its first hearing on the hours of service proposal May 31- June 1 in Washington, DC. More hearings will follow in Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Kansas City, MO, and the Springfield, MA/Hartford, CT, area. Dates will be announced soon, the agency said

April 26, 2000 - Industry News

Hours-of-Service Changes Could Harm Private Carriers

Proposed new hours-of-service rules will harm private carriers and could "completely change the fundamentals of transportation in the United States as they exist today," says National Private Truck Council President John McQuaid

April 26, 2000 - Industry News

GSA Revises Rules for Hauling Government Freight

The General Services Administration has finalized revisions to its transportation management policy aimed at cutting costs and making the rules easier to understand

April 25, 2000 - Industry News

Industry Reacts to Hours of Service Proposal

Industry associations and safety groups all reacted negatively to the new hours of service rules proposed yesterday by the Dept. of Transportation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates the rule will cost $3.4 billion

April 24, 2000 - Industry News

Hours of Service Rules Due Today

The Department of Transportation is proposing changes to the hours of service rules that will fundamentally alter trucking’s safety and operational practices. Public announcement of the long-awaited proposal is scheduled for this afternoon. Based on information from a variety of sources in government and the truck and bus industry, truckinginfo.com prepared an outline of what the proposal contains

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.


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