Jill Dunn

Washington state bill would bar owner-operators from port

Washington House members are considering bills to requiring Port of Seattle to bar owner-operators and altering the state’s definition of independent contractors.

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Tenth Mexican carrier gets U.S. operating authority

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a tenth Mexican carrier authority while it awaits a court’s decision regarding the cross-border trucking pilot program.

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States losing support for rest stops, seek funding

Recent year financial constraints have forced state officials nationwide to slice budgets, causing some state legislators to look for commercial support for rest stops.

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Hours rules suspended in states struck by winter storm

Several states hit by winter storm "Nemo" this weekend have suspended hours of service rules for drivers carrying emergency supplies.

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Tolls likely for proposed Ohio River bridge replacement

The Federal Highway Administration describes the Brent Spence Bridge as “functionally obsolete" because of capacity, sight distance and safety issues.

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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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