Truck Driver Drug Test Failure Rate Rises to Highest Level in Seven Years


A new U.S. Department of Transportation drug testing report shows that the overall 2016 lab-reported positive drug test rate for truck drivers and other DOT security-­sensitive employees rose to its highest level since at least 2009, including year-­over-­year increases in three of five drug categories.

However, despite the rate increase, the actual number of people who tested positive for several drugs declined year-over-year, due to about 800,000 fewer tests administered in 2016.

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Illinois County Hires Former State DOT Secretary to Push Freight Plan

Former Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider was unanimously hired by the Will County board June 16 to implement the Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan that she helped create after amending her proposed contract.

A debate also was sparked on whether to allow citizens in Eastern Will County another chance to comment on the mobility plan, since an open house slated in Crete was cancelled.

Schneider, who now has her own consulting firm, also previously served as chair of the National Freight Advisory Council and was assistant state comptroller.

US Xpress to Make SmartTruck Feature Standard on 2017 Trailer Builds

SmartTruck announced truckload carrier U.S. Xpress will include its fuel-saving TopKit Aero System on all its trailer builds in 2017.

The specific number of trailers was not disclosed.

The aerodynamic feature weighs 63 pounds, according to Greenville, S.C.-based SmartTruck, and its components redirect high-energy airflow from roof and from around the back corners into a low-energy wake.

Rep. DeFazio Aims to Block Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter DeFazio is never far from home. His small office at the Rayburn House Office Building is a bona fide southwest Oregon visitor center. Visitors are greeted by posters of college football matchups featuring Oregon schools, photos of the Pacific coast and majestic mountains and a cute little beaver reminiscent of a Gund stuffed animal by the front desk.

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Opinion: Time Is Right to Repeal Federal Excise Tax

Tax reform and spurring economic growth are at the top of the agenda on Capitol Hill. But when it comes to a harmful tax in the commercial truck retail market, there is none greater than the federal excise tax. This year, with the political climate ripe for tax reform and an infrastructure bill, American Truck Dealers, a division of National Automobile Dealers Association, is aggressively pursuing a measure to repeal the FET that is advancing on Capitol Hill.