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Arizona Lawmakers Still Pushing for Truck Speed Reductions

A group of Arizona lawmakers are asking the state Department of Transportation to conduct another study to determine whether the speed limit for trucks should be reduced,

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Trucking and the Democratic Platform

The Democratic National Committee 2000 platform, adopted earlier this month at the DNC's convention in Los Angeles, says little about hot issues facing the trucking industry. But there are a few areas of interest. Vice President Al

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DOT Invites Public to Comment on Safety Strategy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater has introduced the 2010 Strategy and Performance Plan, a two-way public communication process to help the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s long-term strategy to improve truck and bus safety

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DOT Holding Fatigue Conference

U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Mortimer L. Downey will deliver the keynote speech today at a U.S. Department of Transportation conference on operator fatigue management

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FMCSA Posts New Safety Fitness Rule

It's official: Starting Nov. 20, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will put truckers out of service if they don’t improve an unsatisfactory safety rating. Under the "Unsat = Unfit" rule, as it is called, truckers will have 60 days to fix an unsatisfactory rating or be declared unfit and placed out of service. The rule also says that the federal government, the country's biggest shipper, may not use "unfit" truckers

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Slater Threatens Veto, Promises Changes on Hours of Service

With a veto threat in one hand and a promise of changes in the other, Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater yesterday continued his campaign to keep the hours of service reform process alive. Slater said he would have

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Oregon Looks Into Written CDL Pre-Trip Tests

The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles is looking into using a written or computerized exam to determine CDL pre-trip inspection skills, rather than the physical tests that are currently being used

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California Tanker Drivers Battle Over Hours of Service

As new hours of service regulations are being debated at the federal and state levels, a bill was recently offered in the California Legislature seeking to increase the hours that gasoline tanker drivers could drive in one day.

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New Attendance Requirement for Combustible Liquids Unloading

Cargo tank operators carrying combustible liquids are not required to be in close attendance while unloading, according to new rules from the Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration

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FHWA Proposes Weight/Length Measurement Exclusions

The Federal Highway Administration has proposed criteria for excluding safety or efficiency enhancing devices from vehicle length and width measurements

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