DOT

Senate omits ELD reprieve for livestock haulers, driver breaks provision in DOT spending bill

Unlike its House counterpart, the Senate’s 2019 DOT appropriations bill is void of trucking policy reforms, chiefly an extension of the ELD waiver granted to livestock haulers and the so-called Denham Amendment, a provision to block states from enforcing meal and rest break laws for truck operators.

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DOT plans to survey truck stops, states and enforcers about parking shortage

Following up on a 2014 survey of truck drivers about the challenges they face in finding secure parking, the U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration announced last week it plans to survey truck stop operators, state DOT officials and enforcement personnel about inadequacies in available truck parking.

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Trucking rap sheet: Driver sentenced after fatal crash, illegal hazmat transport, med cert fraud, more

Action in four trucking-related crimes has recently been reported, including drug testing fraud, illegal transport of hazardous materials, a driver imprisoned following a fatal crash and a former DOT employee sentenced for bank fraud.

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Trucking rap sheet: ‘Chameleon carriers,’ inspector bribes, CDL schemes, more

A trucking company was sentenced to fines and probation after reincarnating, a Texas fleet owner pleaded guilty to bribing state troopers for clean inspections, a Washington state drug tester pleaded guilty to testing fraud, and CDL testers in California and Mississippi pleaded guilty to fraud.

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DOT opens 2018 UCR filing process after delay, fees reduced

Independent truckers operating one or two trucks will pay $69 this year, down from $76 in 2017. Enforcers are giving carriers 90 days to register before issuing citations.

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And just what a-‘bot’ that amateur-hour advocacy group

As reports surface of "bots" commenting on regs, Wendy expresses doubt, with humility: "I'm just part of that 'amateur-hour' advocacy group who didn't nonetheless make a 'rookie mistake' by encouraging 'bots' to do a job people need to be doing themselves with genuine, applicable, relevant information to have any credibility."

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Tuesday fright: Parking issues downright scary?

Toward a more-perfect Halloween post: A reader on the need for more parking capacity -- and the legacy, or lack thereof as yet when it comes to publicly funded parking spaces, of Jason's Law.

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‘Bringing the cultural diversity of trucking together’: Scott Reed, Mike Landis on ELD protest outcomes

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, you'll hear ELD protest part organizer Scott Reed's reflection on outcomes and next steps, and owner-operator Mike Landis offers his narration of what it was like to have been a part of the effort, with his 1999 Peterbilt cabover along for the ride.

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Court rules DOT carrier registration board violated sunshine laws, upholds board’s decisions

A federal court on Wednesday ruled that the Unified Carrier Registration planning board, who’s tasked with establishing annual carrier registration fee structures, violated federal open meetings laws by holding a deliberative meeting Sept. 14 without notifying the public.

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‘It’s time somebody starts looking out for the little guy’ — more voices from the ELD protests

On Overdrive Radio: As ripples continue to emanate from a renewed sense of camaraderie among many of the ELD-mandate-protest participants in D.C. and around the country, a run through a variety of conversations during protest days 1 and 2 a week and more back, and more from the mailbag.

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