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FMCSA Agrees to Review Permit Regulation; Hazmat Haulers Say It Excludes Safe Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has agreed to review a hazardous materials safety permit regulation that several trade organizations said is causing some safe carriers to unfairly lose their eligibility to haul hazmat.

December 12, 2011
Business

Truckers Risk Stiff Fines, Losing Their CDLs by Using Handheld Cellphones While Driving

Truck drivers will face fines of up to $2,750 for using handheld phones while driving and suspension or revocation of their commercial driver licenses for repeat offenses, under a regulation announced last month.

December 5, 2011
Business

Executives Say HOS Cut Adds Costs, Aggravates Shortage of Drivers

WASHINGTON — A federal move to cut truck drivers’ working hours would be very costly and exacerbate a shortage of drivers, while putting more trucks on the road, a panel of industry executives told Congress last week.

December 5, 2011
Business

ATA’s Graves Backs Sustainability Efforts, Praises EPA’s Fuel Economy Standard

WASHINGTON — American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves applauded the trucking industry for its steps toward environmental sustainability, paying special attention to the SmartWay program and the fuel economy and greenhouse-gas emissions regulations published this year.

November 28, 2011
Business

California Amends Drayage Rule

The California Air Resources Board said it has amended its port drayage regulation to include Class 7 trucks and make “dray-off” illegal.

November 21, 2011
Business

NTSB Won’t Reinvestigate Fatal ’97 Accident That Led to Stricter Tank Truck Wetlines Rules

The National Transportation Safety Board has refused to reconsider its investigation of a fatal 1997 accident in Yonkers, N.Y., one often cited in support of stricter wetlines regulations on tank trucks.

November 21, 2011
Business

ATA: Sleep Study Fails to Justify HOS Change

A university sleep study cited by federal regulators in a proposed hours-of-service rule is “insufficient” to justify changing the rule’s 34-hour restart provision, according to American Trucking Associations.

November 21, 2011
Business

FMCSA Drops Its 2012 Electronic Log Rule Aimed at Carriers With Major HOS Offenses

ATLANTA — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will withdraw its rule requiring motor carriers with serious hours-of-service compliance violations to install electronic logging devices June 1, 2012, Administrator Anne Ferro said last week.

November 21, 2011
Business

Working With Federal Officials Gives Carriers Best Chance to Affect Rulemaking Process

GRAPEVINE, Texas — One of the most effective ways for motor carriers to have more effect on the federal rulemaking process is to collaborate with agencies on research that yields valuable data, officials said.

October 31, 2011
Business

HOS Debate Heats Up on Capitol Hill as FMCSA Nears Regulation Deadline

As federal regulators worked behind closed doors late last week to meet a court deadline for posting a final hours-of-service rule, trucking industry stakeholders and members of Congress stepped up the level of public debate.

October 31, 2011

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