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Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

April 18, 2014

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

March 17, 2014

Q&A: Rep. Earl Blumenauer on His Bill to Raise the Fuel Tax

Q&A: Rep. Earl Blumenauer on His Bill to Raise the Fuel Tax

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced a bill that would raise federal fuel taxes and index them to the cost of living to pay for more investment in roads and bridges. The bill would repeal the taxes by 2025 in anticipation of replacing them with a vehicle-mile tax.

January 9, 2014

TA Chief O’Brien Carries Torch for Natural Gas
The Effects of the New Hours of Service

The Effects of the New Hours of Service

Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.

August 29, 2013

Veterans in the Driver's Seat

Veterans in the Driver's Seat

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report. Nine more states plus the District of Columbia are considering legislation to do the same thing.

May 13, 2013

HDT Fleet Innovator Kevin Burch is A Hands-On Leader
HDT Fleet Innovator Joe Cowan Building a Dream at Cowan Systems
Bridging The Funding Gap

Bridging The Funding Gap

The highway law that took so much effort over the past five years is just six months old, but now it's time to start again. As the U.S. Department of Transportation still unpacks the two-year, $105 billion measure passed last summer, Congress and transportation interests are gathering to return, once more, unto the breach.

February 11, 2013

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat

January 6, 2013

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

CSA Data Suggests More Drivers Becoming Independents

Federal safety data indicates that carrier registrations jumped by 7.5% during the past 14 months, possibly reflecting a move by drivers to go into business for themselves, according to an analysis by QualifiedCarriers, which provides risk management services to shippers

May 22, 2012

It Takes a Good Attitude to Make a Successful Owner Operator
Owner-Operators: Selecting for Success

Owner-Operators: Selecting for Success

When we caught up with Miles Verhoef, he'd spent the day in Fargo, N.D., looking for - and not finding - the right load for his drop-deck flatbed

April 13, 2012

Infrastructure Funding: What Now?

It's more than two years late and still no one knows if Congress will pass a highway bill this year, much less what will be in it

March 20, 2012