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Some good news: Jason’s Law in the highway bill

In all the hubbub over the mandate for electronic onboard recorders included in the highway-bill language, it's perhaps been easy to overlook some of better results for truckers and advocates, chief among them other language in the bill that, if it ultimately passes (as expected), brings to fruition nearly four years' worth of advocacy that began with the work of individual drivers honoring the memory of one of their own, Jason Rivenburg (pictured). Jason's Law is ...

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Study: Problems increase with lower-emissions technologies

Problems in the trucks rose 9 percent to 223 problems per 100 trucks in 2012, with the biggest issues being engine and fuel problems caused by technology originally designed to reduce emissions.

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10 problems with EOBRs

These problems are among many noted by frequent Overdrive commenter E.F. McHenry as Congress considered an EOBR mandate ultimately included in the MAP-21 highway bill.

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Highway bill highlight reel

The American Trucking Associations' summary of new highway bill items that are of interest to motor carriers, sent out to various media, follows -- I've rearranged a few items of driver/owner-operator interest to bring them closer to the top. Electronic Logging Devices The bill requires DOT to establish regulations mandating electronic logging devices (EOBRs) for motor carriers currently required to complete paper logs.  The regulations must be in place within 1 year; carriers will have two years ...

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Highway bill compromise raises broker bond to $75,000

Language in the tentative agreement raises the surety bond minimum to $75,000 from $10,000, where it had been since the deregulation era.

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House removes funding for onboard recorder mandate

In separate legislation Friday, House passes measure to block funding for EOBRs after both houses pass highway bill that mandates them on trucks.

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Ferro introduced to CSA ‘8th BASIC’: Driver turnover

Some watchers contend carriers' driver turnover rates should be considered in computing ultimate safety scores in CSA.

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EOBRs reportedly dropped, then back in highway bill

According to this report from Fox News, citing confidential sources knowledgeable of ongoing Senate/House conference committee work on final highway bill language, a deal has been reached that includes removal of the mandate for interstate carriers to use EOBRs for hours-of-service compliance. Here's the language in the Fox report: "At the insistence of House Republicans, the Senate dropped a safety provision that would have required commercial trucks to be equipped with devices that keep track of ...

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Check in with ‘Roadcookin’ authors on online radio

Authors of the Roadcookin' guide to healthy eating on the road interviewed on online radio.

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ASECTT challenges ‘CSA is working’ contention

Trucking group disputes FMCSA's statistical correlation between the Unsafe Driving and Fatigued Driving BASICs and actual crash rates.

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