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DOT Offers No Pipe-Lines for Truckers and Marijuana

Although more and more states have marijuana laws, truck drivers are still forbidden from using the substance under U.S. DOT regulations. Drivers must still test negative for marijuana use in pre-employment screenings, random drug tests and post-accident tests. The number of marijuana-positive drug tests at large (not just for CDL holders) have increased in recent Read More…

Proposed Rule to Amend Trucker HOS Regs to be Published in June

According to a monthly Department of Transportation regulatory update released in May, June 7 is the target date for publication of a proposed rule intended to add flexibility to Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours-of service regulations for commercial truck drivers. The comment period on the proposed rule is scheduled to conclude July 16. The Read More…

FMCSA Proceeding with Proposal for HOS Overhaul

On February 25, Ray Martinez, head of the FMCSA, confirmed that the agency is planning to propose a rule to overhaul hours of service regulations. Martinez’s announcement comes after the agency tested the waters by soliciting feedback from industry stakeholders on potential HOS reforms. Martinez offered neither insights into what the rule will entail nor Read More…

House and Senate Bipartisan Bill Addresses Driver Shortage

Legislators from both parties in the House and Senate say a bill recently reintroduced in Congress last week will address the driver shortage in the trucking industry and enhance safety for young truckers. Agreement across the aisle is rare in today’s highly partisan environment. Whether you live in a red state or a blue state, Read More…

Five Ways to Control Tire and Wheel Costs

Ranked by level of importance, here are five ways to control tire and wheel costs in 2019: Maintain proper air pressure. Inflation pressure to a tire is like oil or coolant to the engine and fluid to the transmission. If a tire is underinflated enough under full load, separation can happen before the end of Read More…

NTSB Releases Most Wanted Safety Improvements

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements with six of the 10 items related to truck drivers and the trucking industry. Eliminate distracted driving by adding driver distraction codes to traffic accident investigation forms and banning the non-use of portable electronic devices for all drivers, except Read More…

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Drug Testing Legislation Requires Hair-Sample Testing for Truck Drivers

The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 has passed in both Houses of Congress with near-unanimous bipartisan vote.  This legislation directs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to report to Congress on its progress creating and issuing guidelines for hair testing. Hair testing for illegal drug use has long been sought by trucking Read More…

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SCOTUS Refuses to Review Standardized Federal Trucking Regulations

On June 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) refused to review J.B. Hunt’s appeal to overturn a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit court ruling, which allows a class action lawsuit filed by truck drivers to go to trial in September. The drivers, formerly employed by Read More…

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House to Consider Delaying ELD Mandate

The U.S. House is slated to consider this week an amendment to halt enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate at least through September 2018 (overdriveonline.com – 9/6/17). The amendment, filed by a bipartisan group of five representatives, would be attached to a larger 2018 appropriations package. It would prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from Read More…

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Talks to Revamp NAFTA Slated to Begin This Week

According to truckinginfo.com (8/14/17) trucking and logistics interests are keeping a close eye on talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement begin this week -particularly those involved in the automotive industry. Talks are scheduled to start Wednesday and expected to last six or seven months. President Trump, who on the campaign trail called Read More…

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