American Trucking Associations

Groups spar over heavier truck proposal

Teamsters, safety advocates, railroads oppose heavier trucks, while ATA favors bill to allow them.

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LogBook

A cross-border plan is detailed, a Navy vet is named Back on the Road winner, owner-operator is named Goodyear Highway Hero, Trucker Buddy recognizes pen pals and more industry news items are featured.

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Roadside Attractions

Trucking oddities and interesting features along with Overdrive's Truck Gallery and Channel 19 are featured.

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ATA truck tonnage index up in 1st quarter

For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.7 percent in March after falling a revised 2.7 percent in February.

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EOBRs controversy over the national airwaves missing extant/emerging solutions

Wednesday, National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program ran this piece on the issue of the proposed federal mandate for electronic on-board recorder use for hours-of-service monitoring. If it goes into effect, virtually all interstate haulers will be required to use an EOBR for logs. You can still comment on the proposed EOBR rule, through May 23. In the NPR piece, owner-operator Terry Button is featured (click the photo thumbnail of him here, by Maggie Starbard, for ...

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EOBR, drug testing bills offered

Bills would mandate electronic on-board recorders and prevent CDL holders from continuing to drive trucks or buses after failing alcohol or drug tests.

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Driver hiring, turnover increase in 4th quarter

Large truckload fleet turnover rose to 69 percent in the fourth quarter, its highest level since the second quarter of 2008.

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Groups oppose diverting highway funds

OOIDA testified against proposal to shift Highway Trust Fund dollars to non-highway transportation projects.

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ATA supports bill to close drug test loophole

Loophole allows truck drivers who have tested positive for drugs or alcohol to deceive carriers and continue driving.

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FMCSA unveils cross-border trucking plan

Cross-border trucking project with Mexico will require fewer participants and equip participating Mexican trucks with GPS or electronic on-board recorders.

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