Regulations en Congressman's bill aims to kill the FET <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> H.R. 2946 seeks to scuttle the 12% federal excise tax (FET) on heavy-duty trucks, tractors, and trailers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>U.S. Representative <a href="">Doug LaMalfa</a> (R-CA) is seeking to eliminate the 12% federal excise tax or &ldquo;FET&rdquo; levied on most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and commercial trailers &ndash; a tax the <a href="">American Truck Dealers</a> (ATD) group claims can add anywhere from $12,000 to $22,000 to the sticker prices for such equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:17:00 +0000 21121 at <p>Over the last six-plus decades, the FET has jumped from 3% to 12%, according to ATD. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Supreme Court nixes ELD review <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Declines to hear legal challenge to ELD mandate proffered by OOIDA. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge to the federal government&rsquo;s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, making it a near certainty the rule will take effect this December.</p> <p>The <a href="">Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association</a> (OOIDA) had sought a review by the high court on numerous grounds, including that electronic logs&nbsp;violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:29:00 +0000 20871 at <p>Decision keeps Dec. 18 ELD compliance deadline intact. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Roadcheck 2017: Don't be that guy <div class="node-body gallery-body">Arkansas Highway Police Cpl. Ebony Lewis really, really doesn't want any trucker to be "that guy." In fact, he had to look around for a bit in the custom storage area in the back of his of his patrol SUV to find an OOS sticker.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Galleries News Regulations Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:43:00 +0000 20811 at Feds to scrap effort to raise truck insurance minimums <div class="field-deck"> OOIDA says FMCSA will withdraw its proposal to raise minimum insurance requirements for motor carriers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you were worried that you&rsquo;ve have to pay steeper insurance premiums in the near future simply due to federal rulemaking efforts, you can breathe easy again.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:01:00 +0000 20761 at <p>FMCSA had been working to raise insurance minimums since 2014. (<em>Photo: U.S. DOT</em>)</p> Supreme Court to decide soon on hearing OOIDA's ELD challenge <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association</a>&nbsp;(OOIDA) said the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Supreme Court</a> could begin the process of deciding if it will hear the group&rsquo;s challenge to the electronic logging mandate on June 8.</p> <p>That is the date justices are expected to hold a conference to review petitions on pending cases. The justices potentially could announce a decision on OOIDA&#39;s&nbsp;petition before it adjourns for summer in June.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Tue, 30 May 2017 14:42:00 +0000 20641 at J.J. Keller ITI offers free cargo securement training ahead of Roadcheck <div class="node-body article-body">On-line training specialist Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), known for the PRO-TREAD lessons series, is offering free cargo securement training in advance of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck June 6-8.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Fri, 26 May 2017 11:59:00 +0000 20611 at Trump aims to ease tolling restrictions <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Budget blueprint offers additional insight into $1 trillion infrastructure plan </div> <div class="node-body article-body">President Trump’s call for easing federal tolling restrictions as part of his $1 billion infrastructure plan drew criticism from several trucking and highway groups.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Regulations Wed, 24 May 2017 11:54:00 +0000 20551 at Senators support federal guidelines on hair testing of truck drivers <div class="node-body article-body">A group of senators have written a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, urging that federal guidelines for hair-test drug screening standards be expedited—and the American Trucking Associations is all for it.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs News Regulations Tue, 23 May 2017 11:09:00 +0000 20541 at Driver training rule delayed—again <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Trump freeze on regs stalls federal CDL standards </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it is again delaying implementation of its final rule governing training standards for new truck drivers until June 5.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs News Regulations Mon, 22 May 2017 09:41:00 +0000 20491 at A student practices backing up a tractor-trailer at the Elite Truck School in Hillsboro, OR. (Photo: Neil Abt/American Trucker) Goodyear asks: Are you ready for Roadcheck? <div class="node-body article-body">With the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck annual truck enforcement program coming up, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. reminds fleets and owner-operators that now is the time to schedule tire and truck inspections.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Regulations Safety Wed, 10 May 2017 13:35:00 +0000 20291 at