The Senate unanimously passed March 14 a bill that would extend hours-of-service waivers for propane haulers and home heating fuel haulers to March 31. The bill now goes to President Obama, where his signature would make it law.
The turnover rate at large truckload carriers fell six percentage points to 91 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
FMCSA outlines eight proposed provisions to attempt to prevent driver harassment with ELDs. Congress and the courts directed FMCSA to include safeguards against driver harassment in the rule.
The rule addresses driver harassment protections, hardware specifications and hours of service-related supporting documents.
While a majority were positive about FMCSA's plan to introduce regs testing into the process for obtaining operating authority, questions as to the scope of test questions remained as the second federal listening session on the subject approached.
The compliance date for the mandate will be two years after the final rule is published, which will come after a 60-day public comment period.
Joining an already full trucking regulatory docket this year could be a rule that requires trucks to use speed limiters, though what the limited speed may be isn’t known.
The Dept. of Energy's most recent Short Term Energy Outlook projects the U.S.' average diesel price to fall to $3.85 this year, a 7-cent drop from 2013's average of $3.92 and a 12-cent drop from 2012's $3.97. Those numbers, however both are upward revisions of previous projections.
Overdrive's Most Beautiful contest is back for a second year. Submit yourself or a female truck driver you know! The first-place winner will win a trip to The Great American Trucking Show in August and will be featured in a story in Overdrive. Submissions accepted through March 20.
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