Gulf of Mexico

Texas law to allow increased weight for intermodal containers

The law will allow six-axle combination intermodal trucks to weigh up to 93,000 pounds and seven-axle trucks to weigh up to 100,000 pounds. Current Texas law allows gross weights up to 84,000 pounds with a permit.

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Vitality in strange cargo — operating tables, diners, sea turtles and more. . .

If you haven't seen it out on the truckstop racks, check out the digital edition of the October Truckers News for a fun feature profiling several haulers who move some of the more unique truckloads out there, including honeybees, Lance Armstrong's prize-winning bicycles and two of my contributions to the package, loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings in a Gulf of Mexico rescue operation during this year's big oil spill and, well, classic Northeast diners. Read the ...

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Hours rules exemption extended in Gulf states

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the second extension of its temporary lifting of hours-of-service rules for haulers of some emergency supplies to four southeast coastal states because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Haulers of certain loads are exempt from HOS until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET if transporting to or from the states, both within the affected region and outside it. FMCSA originally had declared a regional emergency affecting Louisiana, ...

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