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Registration is now open for MTAC’s 2022 Annual Meeting

MTAC is excited to announce that registration for the 2022 MTAC Annual Meeting is now open. Attendees who register before September 5 will be entered into a drawing to receive a free registration, so don’t delay, register today. This year’s Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel […]

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Appeals court denies review of HOS shorthaul, driver break requirements

From Transport Topics. A challenge to certain federal hours-of-service regulations filed by the Teamsters Union and three nonprofits will not be reviewed by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In their legal challenge, the groups argued that the May 2020 final hours-of-service rule was “arbitrary and […]

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Class 8 truck orders slump in July despite strong demand

From Freight Waves. Class 8 truck orders in July resembled popular concert tickets the day after they are sold out. No one orders any. The analogy by Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles for FTR Transportation Intelligence, captures the situation and the sentiment surrounding new equipment. Parts and components availability is improving. But it […]

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Bureau of Prisons expands CDL training for women

From Transport Topics. Efforts are underway in federal and state-level prison systems to help inmates train for and transition into careers in trucking upon their release, with the Federal Bureau of Prisons expanding its commercial driver license programs to focus on women, and Connecticut working on a new driver training program at its state prisons. […]

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ATRI launches survey on driver-facing cameras

From Fleet Owner. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched a short survey to better understand truck driver perspectives and issues with driver-facing cameras. The 20-question survey will poll drivers on their opinion of camera technology and ask for suggestions on what could be done for more drivers to accept driver-facing cameras. ATRI’s driver-facing […]

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US House passes fiscal 2023 transportation bill

From Transport Topics. Legislation that would fund federal transportation programs in fiscal 2023 was recently approved in the U.S. House of Representatives. Members of the chamber on July 20 passed the legislation, which would back safety initiatives, infrastructure grants and operational expenses throughout the U.S. Department of Transportation. Specifically, the bill would dedicate $90.9 billion […]

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FMCSA opens up carrier registrations for under-21 driver pilot program

From Fleet Owner. Registration opened this week for fleets looking to participate in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program, which will study how younger drivers operate in interstate commerce. Up to 3,000 commercial drivers between 18 and 20 years old will be accepted into the program, which is backed by the […]

Drug test results uncover troubling trends in transportation

From Commercial Carrier Journal. Overall positivity rates in urine drug tests in the transportation/warehousing industry increased 4.4% in 2020 versus 5.5% in 2021 – a relative 25% increase year over year – according to data compiled by medical lab Quest Diagnostics. Almost 130,000 truck drivers have found themselves in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse as […]

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Fuel prices continue to fall across U.S.

From Fleet Owner. The cost of a gallon of diesel plummeted 16.4 cents this week to a nationwide average of $5.268, marking the fifth week in a row the price has trended downward, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Prices are trending downward in tandem with consumers’ confidence in the economy as […]

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$755 million truck parking bill advances in House

From FreightWaves. Legislation aimed at expanding truck parking facilities throughout the U.S. was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday and will advance to the House floor. The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act provides $755 million in competitive grants over four years (2023-2026) to expand truck parking capacity. The legislation was introduced […]