FMCSA Lowers 2016 Random Drug Testing Rate to 25 Percent

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has announced it will lower the 2016 minimum random drug testing rate for commercial driver's license holders to 25% from 50% annually. This significant announcement is the result, in large part, of ATA's advocacy...

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Linda Burruss Obituary

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing last night of Linda Burruss, wife of former MMCA President/CEO George Burruss.  The obituary and arrangements are included with this announcement. In my brief conversation with George this morning he mentioned the...

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Proposed Changes to MoTA By-Laws

During the 2015 MoTA annual membership meeting, proposed changes to the Missouri Trucking Association By-Laws will be brought before the membership. Please plan to attend the meeting October 8th at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson. The membership meeting will start...

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URGENT THREAT OF­ INTERSTATE TOLLING EXPANSION

Please contact members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and ask them to oppose expansion of tolling on the Interstate Highway System. The T&I Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Interstate Highway System in the House, is...

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INDUSTRY SAFETY DAY COURTESY REST STOPS

For Immediate Release                           Contact: Tom Crawford   (573) 634-3388 Boonville, Joplin & Hayti, MO- The Missouri Trucking Association’s Council of Safety Supervisors has arranged to visit with the motoring public at three separate locations...

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Emergency Response Guidebook to be Released Spring 2016

Most shippers and transporters of hazardous materials associate the familiar small orange Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) with compliance with HazMat Regulations (49 CFR), using it to provide emergency response information for a hazmat shipment. That is not really...

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Frank G. Campbell Award for Outstanding Service

 Nominations Due - September 14, 2015 Each year we are given the opportunity to honor a distinguished industry leader by nominating that individual for the Frank G. Campbell Award for Outstanding Service.  This is a Motor Carrier Award given to a Motor Carrier by...

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NEW ATA Freight Forecast to 2026 AVAILABLE

  A new report just released by American Trucking Associations projects freight volumes will increase by nearly 29% over the next 11 years. “The outlook for all modes of freight transportation remains bright,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello in releasing U.S....

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NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK

  OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE! National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is quickly approaching and we are all gearing up to show support for the men and women who deliver the goods each day. ATA has launched the Official Merchandise website where you can browse...

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ATA American Trucking Trends 2015 Now Available

“Last year, we saw freight volumes grow significantly,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Increases in freight, combined with continued tight capacity helped drive revenues and coupled with lower fuel prices, we saw motor carriers go on a buying spree for new...

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UPDATE: IL 19 / Irving Park Road Weekend Road Closures

Next phase of Bensenville CREATE Rail Flyover Project Begins CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that temporary weekend road closures will occur along Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) between York Road and South Access Road, weather...

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Training for Screening Test Technicians

Over 10 years ago, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) authorized the use of saliva testing to comply with the Alcohol Testing Regulations.  FMCSA and the Department of Health and Human Services only authorized devices that were listed n a...

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Training for DOT Collectors

In 2001, the Department of Transportation issued a rule requiring that personnel collecting urine specimens for DOT drug testing meet the training requirement sin 49 CFR 40.33. Each collector must receive qualification training that includes steps to complete a...

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Zoo Interchange Ramp Closures

As a part of the Zoo Interchange project, the I-94 West to I-894/US 45 South system ramp and the I-894/US 45 North to I-94 West system ramp will close on Monday, March 9.  To facilitate the construction of the new interchange, the westbound to southbound system ramp...

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Jane Byrne Interchange – Illinois DOT

Construction Alert - click here for information regarding the next phase of construction of the Jane Byrne Interchange! Drive Safe and Embrace the Orange.  Check out the ramp closures, traffic changes, detours and lane reduction information posted on the project...

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OBITUARY FOR ROSS NICHOLS

Ross Nichols, 41, of Columbia, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He battled brain cancer with grace, dignity and bravery for over three years. Ross was born on March 20, 1973, in Jefferson City a son of Deborah...

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TAX EXTENDERS BILL PASSES

By a 76-16 vote, the U.S. Senate has just passed the tax extenders bill that the House of Representatives passed earlier this month. The President is expected to sign the bill into law. (The legislation is H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.) In...

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FMCSA ANNOUNCES RELIEF ON DVIR RULE

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the publication of a final rule to eliminate the need for commercial truck drivers to complete a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report when “no defect” is found during the end of day...

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Stolen Property

December 1, 2014 Show Me Trucking & Freight, Inc. trailer stolen sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning at LaMarti’s Truck Stop in Lamar,MO.  It is a 48’ flatbed trailer loaded with steel.  The trailer frame is black in color with aluminum...

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Full Reciprocity Begins with Next IRP Registration

Those whose apportioned plates expire December 31 will be the first to experience an exciting change to the International Registration Plan. When carriers renew for 2015, they'll receive a full cab card with authorization to move freely in the contiguous US and 10...

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MoDOT to Allow Overweight Loads of Grain

  JEFFERSON CITY - Recent heavy rains are hampering farmers' efforts to harvest a bumper grain crop. As muddy fields dry, Missourians must race to draw grain from the fields and get it to market. At the request of Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri...

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National Truck Driving Championships

415+ of the best-of-the-best professional drivers competed at the 2014 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships in Pittsburgh on August 12-16. Nine Missouri drivers competed in nine classes of competition that included a written...

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MoDOT Motor Carrier Services Moves to New Location

MoDOT Motor Carrier Services moved to a new home Monday, August 18.,joining other MoDOT divisions in a building converted to office use in the department's mid-city campus at 830 MoDOT Drive. Customers who choose to visit in person should know that starting the...

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FMCSA ISSUES PROPOSED RULE ON DRIVER COERCION

Recently, FMCSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to prohibit motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or intermediaries (i.e., brokers) from coercing a driver to violate many but not all of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, CDL and drug and alcohol...

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SENATE HIGHWAY REAUTHORIZATION BILL RELEASED

Recently, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee released its highway reauthorization proposal. Dubbed the “MAP-21 Reauthorization Act,” the bill authorizes $265 billion in funding over six years for Federal Highway Administration programs, effectively...

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American Trucking Trends 2014 Now Available

Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations released the latest edition of American Trucking Trends, the annual almanac of trucking and freight transportation, which confirms the industry’s role as the primary mover of freight in the United States.      -In...

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IRS Holds Litigation Costs Deductible

In a private letter ruling the federal Internal Revenue Service has held that costs of litigation, including settlement payments, arising out of the merger of two companies, were deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses by the acquiring company in the...

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Updated ATA State Laws and Regulations Charts Available

As a service to its members, ATA tracks certain state laws of particular interest to the trucking industry such as snow removal requirements and mud flap laws.  Updated tracking charts reflecting these various laws and regulations regarding state mud flap...

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Emergency Declaration Summary 14-02

Emergency Declaration Summary 14-02 Effective March 4, 2014 to March 10, 2014 In response to frigid temperatures and the continued demand for propane delivery, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency declaration to waive certain federal...

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Warning: Fradulent DOT Letter Circulating!

Once again there is a fraudulent DOT letter circulating, this time with the signatory being Louis James.  You can see a copy of the letter here.  It goes without saying that no one should respond to any request like this.

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Nor’easter Updates:

Tandem and Propane Ban Lifted on Mass Pike as of 10 a.m. New information in red. Travel issues persist following the nor'easter which hit Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley and the Capital District regions of New York state. NYSMTA encourages the trucking...

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