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Beefing Up the Bond

Small brokers oppose proposed regs to increase the minimum bond to $100,000 and add other owner-operator protection.

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Congress starts work to pass highway bill

House-Senate conferees have started work to pass the first multi-year surface transportation reauthorization legislation in seven years.

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TIFIA transportation project loan program under fire

Congress will begin reconciling reauthorization bills that contain significantly increased funding for a somewhat controversial loan program.

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OOIDA on bond increase: Large brokers not the problem

I spoke to Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Executive Vice President Todd Spencer about the broker minimum bond increase issue earlier this week. The conversation followed posts to the blog looking at opposition to the measure (to raise it from $10,000 to $100,000) from small brokerages and their advocates, who have been reaching out to owner-operators hoping for a little small-business camaraderie. They paint the bond-increase proposal as an attempt by large brokerages and the biggest ...

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ATA, OOIDA square off over EOBR mandate

Bill Graves asked members on the surface transportation bill committee to require motor carriers to use EOBRs.

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Brokers: Highway bill unlikely prior to election; more on the bond issue

        With news of President Barack Obama's threat to veto any highway reauthorization or extension bill that comes to his desk with authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline included, as it is in the House version that passed the Rules committee earlier in the week, came my conversation with James Lamb, head of the Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents, earlier this week. Lamb said that according to his sources the Hill, given the general ...

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Feds looking to clarify tanker definition, endorsements

FMCSA says its beginning rulemaking on what constitutes a tank vehicle.

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Questions arise over cross-border carrier’s paperwork

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has responded to questions about Baja Express' application for authority.

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The debate over fighting broker fraud

The high-profile case of fraudulent broker Kulwant Singh Gill, who last week was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution to his carrier victims, has owner-operators and industry watchers debating just how to solve the problem of fraud in transportation for once and all. A big part of that debate is a piece of legislation, H.R. 2357, or the Fighting Fraud in Transportation Act, that was introduced in this session of ...

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Private-public transportation bill advances in Pennsylvania

If passed, a Pennsylvania bill could set up the potential for road and bridge projects to be funded and built by private entities.

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