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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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Hazmat Hauling Rules Tighten

Effective May 2, 2000, anyone who transports or offers for transport placardable quantities of hazardous materials must register as a hazmat hauler with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration. The annual registration fee will be $300 or $2,000 depending on the size of the company.

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DOT Budget Seeks Big Increase For Safety

The cost of the federal truck safety program is going up. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking Congress for a 54% increase in funding in the next fiscal year.

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Electronic Logs Pilot Stalled By Lack Of Fleet Interest

The U.S. Department of Transportation has once again extended the application deadline for a pilot project that lets carriers replace paper logs with electronic logs linked the satellite-tracking systems.

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OMB Will Hold Hours Rules Until End of Month

The proposed revisions to the truck driver hours of service regulations will be held at the White House Office of Management and Budget at least until the end of this month

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OSHA Extends Deadline On Ergonomics Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has given the public another 30 days to submit comments on its proposed ergnomics standards.

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