Business

House passes CSA-stripping highway bill; legislation would expand driver drug testing, implement carrier ‘hiring standards’

The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a 363-64 vote Thursday, Nov. 4, a multi-year highway bill that would strip the DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program of its publicly available carrier rankings and require regulators to rework the program.

Read More

Rhode Island trucking group counters trucks-only toll plan

RITA’s plan excludes tolling, but does increase costs for truckers. It would create more than $220 million over four years. Island lawmakers ended session June 25 without approving Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to repair infrastructure with truck-only tolls on about two dozen bridges.

Read More

Digging into Truckstop.com’s chat negotiations feature

It's not a public freight auction, contrary to road rumors: Dispelling some false notions about Truckstop.com's fairly new online-negotiations tool with a close-up look.

Read More

House withdraws highway bill amendment that sought to fix damaging measure for independent truckers

A fix to a measure in the House’s long-term highway bill, which as-is could be harmful to independent truckers and small trucking companies, was pulled from the House floor late Wednesday afternoon.

Read More

Elusive e-logs: Agency misses another projected publication date for ELD mandate

After pushing Sept. 30 most of the year as the publication date for an ELD mandate, FMCSA’s latest projected date for the rule — Oct. 30 — has also come and gone, and there's no rule yet.

Read More

House kills proposition to up truck weight limit to 91,000 pounds

A proposed Congressional measure to allow states to increase truck weight limits to 91,000 pounds failed when brought to the House floor late Tuesday. The reform was offered as an amendment to the long-term highway bill under consideration this week.

Read More

Getting in bed with the railroad

Every taken a 10-hour break on a train? The Truck Ferry project would turn freight flatcars along the I-70 corridor in Mo. into rolling sleeper berths for multiple tractor-trailer units/drivers.

Read More

7 Midwest states following Michigan’s lead to provide parking availability information

Eight contiguous Midwestern states, including Michigan, are following that state's lead with a collaborative parking info system enabled by $25 million grant.

Read More

Diesel price continues to drop, down 1.3 cents in previous week

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.485 nationwide. Prices dropped in all regions except California and the Lower Atlantic region.

Read More

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.

Read More