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Marijuana wins big in 2016 elections, still off limits for truckers, DOT says

After four more states voted to approve legalization of marijuana Tuesday, it appears the Department of Transportation will stand by its previous stance that using marijuana is forbidden for truck drivers as long as it remains a Schedule I drug.

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DOT adds 30 days to speed limiter comment period

Comments on the propose rule are now due by the end of the day Dec. 7. The rule doesn't specify a speed to which trucks would be governed.

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Phase 2 emissions, fuel economy rule headed for year-end implementation

A final rule to establish new emissions and fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is expected to boost fuel economy on tractor-trailers by 25 percent.

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U.S. DOT gives South Carolina $1M to repair roads damaged by Hurricane Matthew

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday the immediate availability of $1 million in emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration to help begin road and bridge repairs damaged by Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina.

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Minimum driver training standards rule set to publish next month, DOT says

A DOT rule to implement a core curriculum for initial trucker training and require 30 hours behind the wheel before being issued a CDL is set to publish next month, as is a separate rule to establish a database of truckers who've failed or refused a drug test.

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Truckers remain mostly opposed to speed limiter rule as comments pour in

Of the nearly 3,000 comments made on the Department of Transportation's proposed rule to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks, many are from truckers opposed to the rule. Commenters cite congestion, danger of variable speeds and overburdensome regulations as the key reasons for opposition to the mandate.

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ATA calls speed limiter mandate proposal flawed, says it won’t support rule as published

The American Trucking Associations Oct. 6 released a statement saying it does not support the recent speed limiter mandate proposal issued by the U.S. DOT. The trucking lobbyist’s stance comes despite its request to the DOT for such a rule, pointing to the DOT's lack of a fully formed proposal as reason why.

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R.I.’s trucks-only toll plan approved by DOT, truck group vows to continue fight

The tolls will be used to reconstruct or replace 34 bridges. "The trucking industry remains unified and resolute in its fight against this policy," said R.I.'s trucking association. "We will use every resource and tactic available to us to win in the political, legal and commerce arenas."

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Trucking rap sheet: Fleet owner pleads guilty to ‘chameleon carrier’ charges, CDL testing schemes and more

A Pennsylvania trucking company owner pleaded guilty to charges relating to the reincarnation of a company shut down by FMCSA, more CDL testing schemes and more.

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‘Way too much way too fast’: Truckers weigh in early on proposed speed limiter rule, other regs

Truckers responding to the DOT's proposed speed limiter mandate weighed in mostly against the rule, but some commenters came down in favor for a variety of speeds -- and others highlighted the strain every new regulation puts on independent business.

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