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Groups Aim to Cut Hours, End Restart, in HOS Brief

Several interest groups currently challenging the federal government’s hours-of-service rule said they will ask an appeals court to reduce the maximum daily driving limit to less than 11 hours, reject the rule’s definition of driver off-duty time and eliminate the 34-hour restart provision.

April 2, 2012
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FMCSA’s Safety Scoring Changes Ignite Industry Complaints

Changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety ratings program that place additional emphasis on hazardous materials handling are apparently causing a steep spike in scores of some carriers with otherwise “exemplary” safety records, an executive with American Trucking Associations said last week.

April 2, 2012
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FMCSA Official Says Truckers Will Be Hit for Detectable Chassis Safety Violations

SAN ANTONIO — An official with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said the agency will begin soon to count some chassis safety violations against truckers, the next step toward full implementation of federal chassis safety rules.

April 2, 2012
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Food Safety Rules Likely to Affect Reefer Fleets, but Bigger Burden Will Hit Shippers, Experts Say

New federal food safety regulations will bring new requirements to refrigerated trucking fleets, although many of the rules — which will not affect carriers directly — simply could reflect current best practices in the industry, according to manufacturers and experts.

March 26, 2012
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FMCSA to Raise Hazmat Oversight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has decided to raise the importance of hazmat handling under its new safety rating program, while it will reduce the emphasis on load securement.

March 26, 2012
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ATA Poised to Challenge HOS Rule on Restart, Breaks, Local Drivers

American Trucking Associations will challenge several provisions of the new federal hours-of-service rule, including its restart provision, a mandatory 30-minute break and a narrowing of certain exceptions for local delivery drivers.

March 19, 2012
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Trucking Officials Blast FMCSA Over Crash-Fault Review Delay

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s last-minute decision to delay its highly anticipated review of how it assigns fault in truck-related crashes has seriously damaged the agency’s credibility with the trucking industry, according to some industry officials.

March 19, 2012
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Engine Makers Blast EPA Over Navistar Penalties

Heavy-duty engine manufacturers blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week for allowing Navistar Inc. to pay penalties to sell engines that do not comply with 2010 emissions standards, saying the agency did not follow the law in determining the penalties.

March 19, 2012
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Federal Regulation Burden on Agenda as Truckload Fleets Gather at Meeting

The truckload industry, on the upswing as rates and freight rise, gathers for its annual meeting next week in Florida in a business environment that also includes unresolved questions such as the effects of more government regulation.

February 27, 2012
Business

Navistar to Pay Penalty on 13-Liter Engines That Were Sold But Didn’t Meet 2010 Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has formally granted Navistar Inc. approval to pay up to a $1,900 penalty for each new heavy-duty engine it produces that is not compliant with 2010 federal emissions standards, the agency confirmed last week.

February 27, 2012

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