The public comment period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule has been extended a month to May 21, spurred by a request from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel jumped 1.9 cents in the week ended April 21 to $3.971, snapping a streak of six consecutive weekly drops that totaled 6.9 cents.
Mexican truckers unhappy with inspections, fines and treatment by inspectors are threatening to protest at Arizona border crossings with a traffic blockade, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, who is pressing FMCSA to take action to resolve the issues.
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is on the road this week pushing the Obama administration's four-year $302 billion plan and making localities and citizens aware of the Highway Trust Fund's nosedive.
An Overdrive survey shows between 50 and 70 percent of respondents threatening to exit the industry over the electronic-log mandate -- the highest percentages are among independents/small fleets.
Your log books are your best record of your per diem (daily) expenses, primarily meals, so be sure to keep them in a safe place along with your receipts and tax returns. You may need your logs to prove your expenses, should you be audited.
FMCSA is working on a rule to mitigate potential coercion of drivers by shippers, receivers and carriers when crafting new rules. A speed limiter rule and Safety Fitness Determination rule could see action soon too.
That is, should the mandate take effect. With FMCSA hoping for a 2016 compliance date, KeepTruckin says it's developing the hardware to satisfy the ELD mandate now.
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