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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:48

CSA Database to Note Dismissed Citations?

Responding to a frequent complaint, on December 2, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration initiated a rule-making proposing to include “adjudication information” relevant to a commercial driver’s record in his or her Compliance – Safety – Accountability (CSA) roadside inspection record.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:46

FMCSA Proposes to Ease Vets’ CDL Access


While federal law currently permits states to waive the driving skills test that qualifies a driver for a Commercial Drivers License for military personnel who have operated a similar vehicle during their service and who apply for the CDL within 90 days of discharge, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposes to extend that window to a full year and to consider administering CDL tests on military bases for active-duty service members.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:40

House Hearing on HOS Impacts

On November 21, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-New York), Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, called a hearing, WRONG WAY: The Impact of FMCSA’s Hours of Service Regulation on Small Businesses, with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Anne Ferro as the principal witness.

On October 29, FRA reforestation and land management members, along with representatives from other sectors dependent on the H-2B seasonal and itinerant guestworker visa program, joined together to tell Congress...

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) published a study in October affirming the benefits of the forest industry’s use of biomass by-products to generate energy for their internal consumption.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:00

Feds Promise CSA Web Site Changes


On October 21, senior Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials stated that plans are in progress to make it clearer to users of FMCSA’s “Compliance – Safety – Accountability”

FRA’s Appalachian Region, and STIHL Incorporated, honored Sam Trott of Shelbyville, Tennessee as the Region’s 2013 Outstanding Logger on September 26 at the Region’s Awards Dinner in Norton, Virginia.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:01

Guestworker “Wage Rule” Block Pending


With the federal government shut-down, the administration is blocked from spending money on anything but emergency services, so—for the time being—the Department of Labor is blocked from...

Forest Service Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research announced the results of a study it had undertaken highlighting the role reforestation plays in reducing flooding and the volume of farmland-derived sediments in waterways of the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 09:06

West Virginia Truck Weight Hearing


On August 21, West Virginia Trucking Association President Jan Vineyard told the West Virginia legislature’s Select Committee on Infrastructure that WVTA supported the terms of the Safe & Efficient Transportation Act (HR 612)—authorizing a state option to permit 97,000-pound, six-axle trucks on Interstate highways within a state’s borders—and urged the Committee, as well as West Virginia’s Division of Highways, to endorse SETA. Although DOH’s chief staff engineer stated that the agency wanted to learn more about the possible impacts of SETA on the state’s bridges before venturing an endorsement, he seemed open to pursuing the question, and the Committee appointed a subcommittee to draw up a report on SETA’s potential effects.

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