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Government Trying To Reduce Freight Paperwork

The General Services Administration is hoping to reducing paperwork and cost by simplifying the rules of freight delivery to government agencies.

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Train Whistles Or No: The Debate Could Get Noisy

The Federal Railroad Administration will begin a series of public meetings in March to discuss the mandated use of train whistles at highway-rail crossings. The issue is crossing safety versus noise pollution -- and could generate

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FMCSA Rules on Intrastate Trips

Truckers who begin a trip in interstate commerce and run only intrastate the rest of the week still come under federal jurisdiction, according to a new policy memo issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration. The issue centers on hours-of-service rules and overtime pay.

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STB To Hold Railroad Hearings

The Surface Transportation Board has scheduled a four-day public hearing on major rail consolidations and the present and future structure of the North American rail industry. The hearings will be held March 7 through 10 at

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Drug Test Tracking Hits Snag In Oregon

A new state law in Oregon that requires failed drug tests to be indicated on commercial driving records has hit a snag: How it's going to be paid for

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Court Upholds Bottleneck Contract Exception

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld the so-called "contract exception" to the Surface Transportation Board's bottleneck decision.

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Pilot Program Would Relax HOS Rules For Heating Oil Deliveries

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a pilot program that would relax hours-of-service rules during winter months for some home heating oil delivery drivers.

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Wolf Presses for Results in Search for FMCSA Chief

The Department of Transportation is not moving quickly enough to name a boss for the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA. Wolf’s complaint came during a Feb. 15 hearing on the DOT budget. The House Transportation Appropriations Committee, which Wolf chairs, is concerned about the slow progress of finding an administrator for the new agency, Wolf told DOT Secretary Rodney Slater.

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STB Seeks Shipper Participation in Freight Classification

The Surface Transportation Board is looking for ways to increase shipper participation in the freight classification process

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STB Orders Market-Based Rates

The Surface Transportation Board has extended antitrust immunity for the motor carrier rate bureaus -- but only on the condition that the rate bureaus adjust class rates to market-based levels.

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