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May 7, 2014

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

The to-and-fro over highway funding continued in the Senate Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx politely deflecting Sen. John Thune’s attempt to get the Obama administration to say it would accept a fuel tax increase.

May 2, 2014

Fired CARB Critic and Researcher Heading to Court

A tough critic of the California Air Resources Board and its policies over its regulation of diesel emissions, who was fired from his job at a California university, is finally getting his day in court this coming November.

April 29, 2014

CSA Update: Crash Accountability Study Is Coming

Some time soon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will go public with its analysis of how to account for fault in the crash data it uses to assess carrier safety performance. Joe DeLorenzo, director of the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, said the agency is preparing a report to Congress and a Federal Register notice.

April 28, 2014

OSHA Orders Whistleblower Truck Driver Reinstated; Back Pay, Damages Owed

The Occupational Safety Health Administration has ordered an Iowa company to reinstate a truck driver and pay him damages after he was fired for raising safety concerns.

April 28, 2014

Helping Truckers Break the Law

In the weeks before the Mid-America Trucking Show, our email is awash with invitations from companies who are introducing new products and want to set up an appointment to talk about it. One such invitation got Deborah Lockridge hot under the collar.

April 26, 2014

CARB Extends Compliance Dates for Small Trucking Operations

The California Air Resources Board on Friday adopted amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation, giving new compliance options to fleets with three or fewer trucks and owner operators.

April 25, 2014

FMCSA Proposes Rule to Allow Electronic Signatures on Documents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a rule change so carriers can sign and maintain important documents electronically. The proposal, part of an effort to cut paperwork, would codify a 2011 guidance in which the agency gave carriers the option of using electronic signatures and storing documents electronically.

April 24, 2014

Big Fee Hike to be Proposed for Some U.S. Bound Cross-Border Shipments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced proposed changes to the fees it charges to recoup costs for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at U.S. ports of entry.

April 22, 2014

ATRI Report Finds Problems with FMCSA Hours-of-Service Study

The American Transportation Research Institute on Tuesday released the findings of its evaluation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s field study report on the new hours-of0service rules.

April 21, 2014

FMCSA Starts New Rule on Insurance Minimums

The time has come to take a close look at the minimum insurance requirements for trucking, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In a new report to Congress the agency said it is clear that the current minimums need to be reevaluated.

April 21, 2014

ATA Files Petitions for Haz-Mat Exemptions

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is taking comments on two applications from the American Trucking Associations claiming hazardous materials laws in two cities are unfair.

April 21, 2014

FMCSA Extends Comment Period on Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the comment period on its proposal to establish a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results.

April 18, 2014

Trucking Company Faces Nearly $1 Million In Fines Over Oilfield Waste Dumping

A Wyoming-based trucking company is facing possible fines of more than $1 million for illegally dumping saltwater on a road, while criminal charges have been filed against the driver.

April 17, 2014

Judge Overrules FMCSA Shutdown Order of Illinois Trucking Company

Just over two weeks after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered an Illinois-based trucking company to shut down all interstate movements, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled it can return to the roadway.

April 16, 2014

One Indicted for Falsifying Trucker Drug Test Results

A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Penn. early this month indicted one person in connection with a scheme to defraud trucking companies over drug test results of drivers.

April 15, 2014

Update Next Month on Federal Truck Size and Weight Limits Study

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is holding a webinar next month to provide an update on the progress of its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study.

April 15, 2014

Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Subcommittee Meeting on CSA Set

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a date of April 29 and 30 has been set for the next meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's Compliance, Safety, Accountability subcommittee in Arlington, Va.

April 15, 2014

Some TSA TWIC Services to be Temporarily Offline

The Transportation Security Administration says it is upgrading its technology to improve reliability, expand capabilities, meaning some specific TWIC card services will be temporarily unavailable.

April 10, 2014

Sen. Durbin Seeks Review of FMCSA Investigative Practices

Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., asked the Transportation Department’s Inspector General to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The agency dropped the ball on an investigation of a carrier that later was involved in a fatal crash, Durbin said in his April 9 letter to IG Calvin Scovel.

April 10, 2014

FMCSA Drops Many Recent Emergency Trucking Rule Exemptions

After consulting with representatives of state governors The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rescinded certain emergency exemptions to trucking regulations, but is keeping them for half a dozen states, following heating fuel shortages.

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