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FMCSA: ELD waiver for agriculture commodities, HOS clarification

From ATA Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference. Recently, FMCSA released details on the 90 day waiver from the ELD mandate for not only Livestock, but all agriculture commodities as defined by DOT. This waiver will be published soon, but waives the ELD requirement through March 18, 2018. The request was submitted by the National Pork […]

Connecticut’s long-range transportation plan comment period

From CT DOT The Connecticut Department of Transportation has released its draft Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan, 2018-2050. This Plan has been prepared in accordance with Title 23-Code of Federal Regulations § 450.216 and is available by clicking here. Comments will be accepted through Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing to: Bureau of […]

Members of congress unveil underride guard legislation

From Transport Topics. Legislation that would require the sides of trailers and the front of trucks to be equipped with underride guards was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Dec. 12. The companion bills, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), would direct the U.S. Department of […]

ATA president critical of trucking omission in autonomous-vehicle bills

From Transport Topics. Legislation before Congress that would establish a regulatory landscape for autonomous cars while not addressing trucks does not reflect the realities of the driving landscape and will fall short on safety, the president of American Trucking Associations said Dec. 6. “It just makes absolutely no sense why you wouldn’t want to build […]

Lawmaker debuts bill for pilot project to allow underage truck drivers to cross state lines

From Transport Topics. A New York congresswoman has introduced legislation that would expand a pilot program to allow individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 without military experience to drive in interstate commerce if they possesses a commercial driver license, clean driving record and appropriate Department of Transportation training certification. The Waiving Hindrances to […]

Trump to release infrastructure plan in January

From Transport Topics. President Donald Trump plans to keep pushing his legislative agenda in 2018 by releasing his long-promised infrastructure proposal in early January, a senior administration official said. Infrastructure advocates question whether a Republican-led Congress will be able to pass a spending plan with enough federal funding if it’s already approved a tax measure […]

Malloy offers tough medicine for deficit: taxes, spending cuts

From CT Mirror Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released an array of options to rebalance the state budget Wednesday that include raising the sales tax rate as high as 6.9 percent, boosting other taxes, cutting municipal aid by $50 million and reducing health care, social services, and other programs. These budget-balancing options, collectively, would boost revenue […]

Connecticut transportation system at risk of contraction

From CT Mirror. Connecticut’s cash-starved transportation program would need to scrap some rail services, drive up fares, suspend 40 percent of planned capital projects and defer major highway rebuilds like the Hartford viaduct, to remain solvent over the next five years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has warned Wall Street. As Connecticut prepares for a […]

EPA urged not to repeal rule regulating glider truck emissions

From Transport Topics. Dozens of representatives for trucking trade associations, health and environmental nonprofits, private citizens, truck dealers and manufacturers on Dec. 4 urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to repeal a provision in the 2016 Obama administration Phase 2 greenhouse gas reduction rule to regulate emissions requirements for glider kits. At an EPA […]

ELD Resources: Websites offer information, product reviews

From Transport Topics. With the electronic logging device mandate quickly approaching, websites for ELD information and reviews have emerged to help carriers sift through the multitude of systems on the market and find the right fit for their operations. Load board operator and review site are seeking to bring some clarity to the […]