Safety & Compliance

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May 25, 1999 - Industry News

Slater Acts to Keep OMCHS Where It Is

Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater is committing the Department of Transportation to an ambitious safety action plan, with the objective of reducing truck-related highway fatalities by 50% over the next 10 years

May 24, 1999 - Industry News

Bill Would Restore 80% Meal Tax Deduction

Truck drivers would get a bigger tax break for the meals they eat on the road, under new legislation proposed on Capitol Hill

May 24, 1999 - Industry News

Bill Would Revise Independent Contractor Status

A bill that would revise the definition of an independent contractor is worrisome to employers and owner-operators alike

May 23, 1999 - Industry News

National Weight-Distance Tax Proposed

There's a move in Congress to reform truck taxes by replacing three separate levies with a weight-mile tax

May 19, 1999 - Industry News

Mineta Wraps Up Truck Safety Analysis

Norman Mineta is wrapping up his analysis of truck safety this week, and will present his recommendations to Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater on Friday. He is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on May 26

Tags: Safety

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

Driver Wins Case After Refusing To Drive In Bad Weather

The U.S. Department of Labor recently ruled in favor of a truck driver who was fired for refusing to drive a tractor-trailer in bad weather

Tags: Safety

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

FHWA Proposes More Vision Exemptions

The Federal Highway Administration has announced its intention to exempt another 33 truck drivers from federal vision requirements

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

New Inspection Device To Be Tested In Four States

Kentucky will be the first of four states to test an infrared imaging device to inspect commercial trucks in a two-year pilot project

Tags: Safety

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

FHWA Sees No Hope for Hours of Service Negotiation

An attempt to negotiate reforms to the truck driver hours-of-service rules appears to have failed

May 17, 1999 - Industry News

Texas Passes Uniform Speed Limit Bill

A bill that will let tractor-trailers travel the same speed as other vehicles in Texas has passed both houses of the state's Legislature

Tags: Safety

May 16, 1999 - Industry News

Train Deaths Ruled Accidental, Driver Fined For Logs

A coroner's inquest into the truck-train crash that killed 11 people in Bourbonnais, IL, in March ruled that the deaths were accidental. However, that doesn't prevent prosecutors from bringing charges against truck driver John Stokes

Tags: Safety

May 13, 1999 - Industry News

Bus Crash Renews Wolf Criticism

The Louisiana charter bus crash that killed 22 people on Mother's Day has drawn renewed criticism of commercial vehicle oversight from Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA

Tags: Safety

May 12, 1999 - Industry News

Out-of-Service Order Reversed

In a case that may complicate enforcement of safety rules, the Federal Highway Administration was forced to reverse an out-of-service order on a trucking company

Tags: Safety

May 10, 1999 - Industry News

NHTSA To Review Splash And Spray Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will revisit the "splash and spray" issue with a review and evaluation of suppression technology

Tags: Safety

May 10, 1999 - Industry News

Higher CDL Fees Would Pay For Illinois Truck Crackdown

Illinois Gov. George Ryan is expected to sign a bill that will institute higher fees for Illinois commercial driver's license in order to pay for 28 more troopers to crack down on overweight and unsafe trucks

Tags: Safety

May 10, 1999 - Industry News

DOT Opposes Speed Limit Change In Michigan

Last week, the Michigan House Transportation Committee heard testimony concerning a bill that would create uniform speed limits on the state's highways. But the state Department of Transportation is asking for an alternate proposal that one trucker's organization calls unacceptable

Tags: Safety

May 6, 1999 - Industry News

Bill Would Allow States To Raise Truck Weights

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week would allow states to increase maximum truck weights to as much as 97,000 pounds

May 5, 1999 - Industry News

FHWA Proposes Stricter Self-Insurance Rules

The Federal Highway Administration wants to increase financial requirements and raise fees for carriers waiting to self-insure

Tags: Safety

May 5, 1999 - Industry News

South Carolina Raises Speed Limit

South Carolina will raise speed limits on some of the state's interstate highways from 65 mph to 70 mph

Tags: Safety

May 4, 1999 - Industry News

Safety Agency Drafts Plan to Fix CDL

The Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety aims to plug the holes in the Commercial Driver's License program

April 29, 1999 - Industry News

Safety Agency Gets Stricter

The cost of breaking federal safety rules just went up. This week, the staff of the Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety was told it could start charging trucking companies as much as $10,000 for

April 29, 1999 - Industry News

Oregon Wants To Close Drug-Testing Loopholes

A bill in the Oregon House of Representatives would close loopholes in drug- and alcohol-testing regulations that let drivers avoid consequences by changing companies

Tags: Safety

April 27, 1999 - Industry News

DOT Inspector General Suggests Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The idea of putting federal enforcement of truck safety into a separate motor carrier administration within the Department of Transportation appears to be gaining tractio

April 27, 1999 - Industry News

Survey Says Trucker Drug Use Drops Dramatically

The latest federally conducted survey of trucking companies shows the industry's estimated drug use violation rate has been cut from 2.2 % to 1.3% of drivers tested — a 41% reduction from 1996 to 1997

Tags: Safety

April 23, 1999 - Industry News

McCain Truck Safety Hearing This Week

Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, will hold his promised hearing on truck safety tomorrow, April 27. Unless unscheduled panels follow, it will be the last of five congressional hearings on the effectiveness of the federal truck safety program run by the Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety

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