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Government, Business, Safety

Fate of Federal Estate Tax Goes to Wire

The federal estate tax, often referred to as the “death tax,” would disappear in 2010 if the Senate this month fails to approve a House bill that would essentially extend current rules.

December 7, 2009
Government, Business, Safety

Bill Calls for Study of Cargo Tank Rollovers

A provision in the hazmat safety bill pending passage by the full House instructs the Department of Transportation to issue a report summarizing the agency’s research and its efforts to address the growing problem of cargo tank truck rollovers.

December 1, 2009
Government, Business, Safety

Colo., N.C. Set Text-While-Driving Bans

Colorado and North Carolina have joined what is now nearly two dozen states banning texting while driving.

December 1, 2009
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Gives Approval for IANA to Use Database to Register Chassis

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Intermodal Association of North America won federal approval to use the database it is creating for equipment providers to comply with new chassis rules that take effect on Dec. 17.

November 30, 2009
Government, Business, Fuel, Safety

Officials Cite Concerns on Vehicle-Miles Tax

WASHINGTON — Several lawmakers, Department of Transportation officials and experts have expressed concern with elements of a vehicle miles traveled tax, which some advocates tout as a replacement for the federal fuel tax, while also cautioning that a transition to VMT could be a slow process.

November 24, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

NTSB’s Hersman Suggests Making EOBRs Mandatory

WASHINGTON — Debbie Hersman, the new chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said that fatigue was an “insidious” factor in all types transportation accidents and recommended that as the Department of Transportation reviews its hours-of-service rule for truckers it mandate the use of electronic onboard recorders and use all available fatigue research to craft a new rule.

November 17, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Long Beach Port Approves New Clean Trucks Registration Process

In a first step toward satisfying its obligations detailed in an out-of-court settlement with American Trucking Associations, Port of Long Beach commissioners last week gave preliminary approval to a new drayage truck registration process that will simplify and limit requirements of the port’s clean trucks plan.

November 17, 2009
Government, Business, Safety

Wetlines Ban Called Unjustified in Light of Hazmat Carriers’ Safety Record

BALTIMORE — A proposed House bill prohibiting the transportation of flammable liquids in unprotected product piping on cargo tank trucks would result in an overall increase in welding shop fatalities and cost the industry $200 million to comply, an American Trucking Associations official told a Congressional panel Monday.

November 17, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

U.S., Canada Should Cooperate More, Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO Says

The United States and Canada should work more closely together on policies and regulations to improve competition and economic competitiveness, as well as to make highways safer and trucking’s environmental footprint smaller,  said David Bradley, chief executive officer of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

November 16, 2009
Government, Business, Safety

ATA Seeks DOT Meeting to Discuss Future of HOS

American Trucking Associations has requested a meeting with Department of Transportation officials to discuss the agency’s intention to revise federal driver work rules issued during the Bush administration.

November 16, 2009

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