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Petition circulated on “right to carry” for driver self-defense

A new "right to carry" petition is being circulated by SBTC's James Lamb. It's collecting signatures in an attempt to demonstrate that there's support for easing many interstate drivers' ability to legally travel with firearms.

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DOT only taken half of bridge safety measures required by MAP-21 law

Only 12 of the 24 bridge safety actions required by the current MAP-21 highway funding law have been implemented by the Federal Highway Administration, according to a report released Aug. 26 by the DOT’s Office of the Inspector General.

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Agency to study driver pay connection to safety

Does driver pay correlate with safety? FMCSA announced Aug. 28 it hopes to find an answer to that question.

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Federal appeals court deems FedEx drivers employees, not contractors in latest ‘classification’ case

A federal appeals court ruled this week that certain FedEx Ground drivers were wrongly classified as independent contractors and should have been classified as employees of the company.

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Radio check from under the ice bucket; And a two-wheeler’s salute

In which Channel 19 writer Todd Dills accepts a couple of ice-bucket challenges, and issues a couple more -- and a long-distance highway cyclist delivers a big salute to the pros he shares the road with.

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Truck leasing companies not protected from driver actions, court says

A federal appeals court in New York this week ruled this month that carriers who lease trucks to drivers can be held liable for the actions of those drivers and are not protected by the Graves Amendment.

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Final audit of FMCSA’s cross-border program begins as it enters final month

The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General has begun its final audit of the cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico. Here's what it's looking to find.

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I-495 Christina River Bridge reopened to all traffic

Delaware DOT quietly reopened the northbound lanes of the formerly tilting I-495 bridge over the Christina River on Saturday, August 23.

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Coercion rule comments: Hours still the problem, ‘coercion’ needs definition

Common themes of regulatory criticism popped up often in the public comments offered on DOT's proposed driver coercion prohibition rule, like the new pressures and restrictions caused by the agency’s 2013 hours-of-service rule and holding shippers, receivers and brokers accountable.

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Kenworth T880 promotes literacy

This Kenworth T880 features a 52-inch sleeper and a special Seattle Mariners theme -- Aug. 26, it plays a part in a Paccar fund-raising effort outside Safeco Field in support of the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program in Seattle.

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