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Ray Martinez Stepping Down as FMCSA Chief

Ray Martinez Stepping Down as FMCSA Chief

Ray Martinez, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, will be leaving his agency post by the end of this month to take on a different position within the Department of Transportation.

October 10, 2019

Study: Major Split Between Truck Driver Urinalysis and Hair-Testing for Drugs
Senate Bill Would Require Truck Speed Limiters Set at 65 MPH on All New Trucks
DOT Aims to Fight Fraud with Audit of FMCSA Medical Certification Program
Musical Chairs at DOT Sees FMCSA’s Gautreaux Headed to NHTSA
DOT Updates Guidance on Autonomous Vehicles
DOT Lists Highway Projects to Receive $1.5 Billion in Grants

DOT Lists Highway Projects to Receive $1.5 Billion in Grants

The Department of Transportation has notified transportation-related committees of Congress which projects it has selected to receive approximately $1.5 billion in grant funding under the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program.

June 6, 2018

Lack of Research Keeps Lid on Federal Truck GVW Limit

An advisory panel of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has issued an interim report on the research it will recommend be completed before consideration is given to raising the federal 80,000-pound weight limit for trucks.

April 20, 2018

Infrastructure Plan: Here’s Hoping Action Will Speak Louder than Words
DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

An audit slams the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to collect data on driver detention, noting that the data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

February 5, 2018

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

November 10, 2017

At ATA, Thoughts on Policy-Making and Politicking

At ATA, Thoughts on Policy-Making and Politicking

You could certainly be forgiven if you were attending the American Trucking Associations’ annual confab here in Orlando this week and thought you’d made a wrong turn and stumbled into one of those partisan party retreats that Capitol Hill denizens hold somewhere outside the Beltway every now and then. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

October 24, 2017

House THUD Bill Boasts Trucking Reform Riders

House THUD Bill Boasts Trucking Reform Riders

The subcommittee draft for the next House transportation appropriations bill features several riders favored by trucking interests, including a long-sought measure that would preempt states from enacting laws dictating meal and rest break requirements for truckers.

July 11, 2017

DOT Report Rounds Up Truck Parking Solutions

DOT Report Rounds Up Truck Parking Solutions

A report on the first year’s activities of the public-private National Coalition on Truck Parking presents suggestions from trucking stakeholders from several regional meetings held in 2016 on how best to address truck-parking problems across the country.

July 10, 2017

DOT’s Chao Wants Public to Help Cut Infrastructure Red Tape

DOT’s Chao Wants Public to Help Cut Infrastructure Red Tape

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has asked the public to comment “on ways to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the nation.”

June 9, 2017

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