Jill Dunn

Cuts may not include most trucking safety programs

While budget cuts loom and federal officials make contingency plans, motor carrier safety programs remain exempt from significant reductions.

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DOT studying truck parking, size and weight limits

The U.S. Department of Transportation is researching truck size and weights and will soon begin studying availability of truck parking by state.

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FMCSA publishes hours of service guidance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted two new guides regarding upcoming changes in hours of service rules on its website.

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Hours rules suspended for propane haulers

Seven states have suspended hours-of-service rules for truckers transporting propane to mitigate current supply shortages.

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More states working on APU weight exemptions

On Jan. 23, Missouri and New Hampshire legislatures held hearings on bills that would allow the auxiliary power unit weight exemption permitted on trucks to be increased.

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Dept. of Energy asks for exemption from DOT’s hours rule

The U.S. Department of Energy has asked that its hazmat drivers be exempted from the hours-of-service 30-minute rest break provision.

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SoCal port drivers become first in decades to reach bargaining agreement

Toll Group drivers serving Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have become the first truckers to reach a collective bargaining agreement in decades.

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Illinois OKs temp licenses for illegal immigrants

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn soon is expected to sign legislation that will allow residents to apply for driver’s licenses, regardless of immigration status.

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Vehicle miles tax needs to be studied before implemented, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office recommended creating a pilot program to research mileage fees targeted at creating new revenue for the Highway Trust Fund, echoing recently introduced House legislation.

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Unified Carrier Registration enforcement starts Feb. 1

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has recommended 2013 roadside enforcement of the Unified Carrier Registration to begin Feb. 1.

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