U.S. Department of Transportation

Feature Article: New tools help power CSA 2010

Although Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 on its own represents a major advance in enforcing federal motor carrier safety regulations, a couple of new information tools add teeth to the process.

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DOT funding could be halted

Federal transportation funding will expire this weekend after a Kentucky senator blocked a bill to extend funding through March.

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DOT funding could stop

Federal transportation funding will expire this weekend after a Kentucky senator blocked a bill to extend funding through March.

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Sample texting bill unveiled

The sample state law would authorize law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation to drivers who are texting while driving.

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Drug test changes proposed

The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed amending provisions of its urine drug testing procedures, included testing for lower amounts of amphetamines and cocaine. Some proposals will apply to collectors and medical review officers and are meant to create consistency with new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The proposal would allow DOT employers to choose between a full service laboratory and Instrumented Initial Test Facilities. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking makes changes ...

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DOT prohibits driver texting immediately

The U.S Department of Transportation Jan. 26 announced it is immediately prohibiting truck and bus drivers from sending text messages while operating commercial vehicles. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. The DOT action doesn’t prohibit the use of cell phones for purposes other than text messaging. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia already prohibit all drivers from texting behind the ...

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