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Senators press regulators to speed up implementation of driver drug testing changes

The senators noted in the letter the December 2015-passed FAST Act highway bill required the HHS to issue guidelines for hair testing as a method of detecting the use of drugs within one year, but the Dec. 4, 2016, deadline passed without action. Failing to meet the deadline, the letter adds, has prevented the DOT from allowing hair testing to be a federally approved testing method.

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DOT declines to file opposition in ELD lawsuit’s appeal to Supreme Court

The attorney representing OOIDA and truckers Richard Pingel and Mark Elrod in the ELD challenge says it’s not uncommon for the government to decline to file in such court cases. However, he says, the Supreme Court could ask DOT to file an opposition brief before deciding to hear the case or not.

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Trucking groups take ELD fight directly to DOT boss

With time waning on the issue, OOIDA still hopes to convince the courts or regulators to kill the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate before the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance. One of its most recent tactics has sparked a competition for the attention of the head of the DOT herself, Secretary Elaine Chao.

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DOT: 3.2 trillion miles driven in 2016 on U.S. roadways

FHWA estimates that of the 3.2 trillion miles traveled in 2016, 2.2 trillion of the miles were in urban areas, while 984.2 billion were in rural areas.

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Who’s in charge at FMCSA until Trump can nominate a new boss?

Though President Trump’s choice to run the Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao, has been confirmed by the Senate and begun work at the DOT, there’s still a litany of posts Trump must fill at the DOT, including naming a new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Two Detroit DOT officials charged in CDL fraud scheme

Two Department of Transportation employees for the city of Detroit have been hit with felony charges for allegedly taking cash bribes in a CDL fraud scheme, according to the DOT Office of Inspector General.

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Truck speed limiter mandate, emissions regs part of lawsuit against Trump two-for-one regs order

Three left-leaning groups hope to block Trump's recent order, citing truck safety regulations like a recently proposed rule to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks, as reasons why.

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Senate confirms Chao to head DOT under Trump

Chao told a Senate panel earlier this month her three main goals as head of the U.S. DOT will be to bolster infrastructure funding, bridge the divide over rural and urban transportation need and find better balance between federal regulations and concerns of businesses regulated by the DOT.

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Trump calls on agencies to remove two regulations for every new one

President Trump in his second full week in office continues his crusade against new and existing federal regulations. Trump signed an executive order Monday directing federal agencies to eliminate two “prior regulations” for “every new regulation issued.”

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DOT wants to start testing truckers for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids

The Department of Transportation this week proposed adding four commonly abused opioids to the list of drugs that drivers must be screened for in urine analysis tests.

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