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Congress to attempt to hammer out unified highway bill, owner-op ‘poison pill,’ size/weight already see action

Of key trucking interests on the table heading into the conference committee are potential inclusions of size and weight changes and, perhaps more pressing for owner-operators, fixing language in the bill that could potentially create havoc for about 450,000 carriers, many of them small fleets and owner-operators.

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The ‘poison pill’ that remains in the recently passed highway bill, by the numbers

Unless fixed or removed in the House-Senate highway bill conference committee, the House's carrier "hiring standard" would unduly disadvantage well more than 1.5 million drivers for 440,000 carriers in the competition to secure business.

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Podcast: Highway bill effort to resolve federal/state legal conflict over carrier services, driver wages

New court interpretations of the FAAAA introduce contradictions between federal and state law (particularly in California) that challenge percentage- and mileage-based compensation. In this podcast, legislation currently under consideration to resolve the issue.

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House releases highway bill that would remove CSA scores, allow under-21 truck operators and more

As highway funding presses, the House released Oct. 15 a funding bill that would remove carrier rankings in the CSA program from public view and set up a program for under-21 CDL holders and change driver drug testing rules.

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Mailbag: ‘All about the money’? — Reader views on increasing truck weight

A sizable majority of Overdrive readers (64 percent) see negative primary consequences of any significant rise in interstate truck weight limits. Find a bevy of views in this mailbag podcast.

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Driver drug testing: Teamsters, other labor groups ask House to reject Senate changes

A coalition of labor advocacy groups has sent a letter to transportation-focused lawmakers in the House asking them to reject a recent Senate proposition that would allow trucking companies to use hair testing for driver drug screening.

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I have boots that are older than 18 years

"If the industry wants to raise training standards to that of the military, then having 18-year-old interstate drivers would be fine. But until there is real change... 18-year-olds driving interstate is a bad idea."

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President signs three-month highway patch into law

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday, July 31, a bill to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund for three months.

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A safer, more sensible CDL entry path

The current prohibition on interstate driving for 18-20-year-old CDL holders does only so much to promote safety.

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THUD update: House retains provision barring FMCSA from increasing insurance minimums, still no Senate bill

With Congress returning from its roughly two-week Memorial Day recess, work likely will resume in the coming week on 2016 appropriations bills for the DOT. And those bills could earn the trucking industry a few regulatory victories.

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