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On December 30, 2017, as a result of the effects of severe winter weather, including Winter Storms Frankie and Grayson, FMCSA issued a Regional Declaration of Emergency for the Affected States and jurisdictions. The Emergency Declaration was extended on January 10, 2018. Because emergency conditions have not abated, FMCSA is again extending the Emergency Declaration and associated regulatory relief in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25. This extension of the Regional Declaration of Emergency addresses ongoing emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of heating fuel, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, into and from the Affected States and jurisdictions and provides necessary relief.

Extension of Regional Declaration of Emergency USDOT

ELD Users Required to Carry Backup

Input Requested on Tax Reform

American Trucking Associations was heavily involved in the effort to enact tax reform. We know reduced tax rates will have a positive impact on ATA members as well as the broader economy. Accordingly, we are sending out this short 8-question survey to membership so that we can better understand how our industry is reacting to the most significant tax overhaul in decades.

The insights gained from this survey will support our ongoing advocacy efforts and provide valuable information as we work with Congress and the Administration to advance policies that strengthen the trucking industry.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey before the deadline of January 31.


Emergency Declaration – 17-02 Frigid Temperatures

Effective December 29, 2017 through January 2, 2018

In response to frigid temperatures and the continued demand for fuel delivery, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency declaration to waive certain federal regulations under the authority of 49 C.F.R. § 390.23, for carriers who directly assist in emergency relief efforts by transporting fuels commonly used in the heating of residences, businesses, and other facilities.

While this declaration is in effect, participating carriers are relieved from compliance with title 49, part 395 of the Code of Federal Regulations (hours of service regulations).

Carriers may benefit from the waiver while under load and when returning either empty or with loads directly related transporting heating fuels.

Carriers should carry a copy of the declaration in the vehicle while operating in response to the relief efforts.

NONE of the emergency provisions apply to carriers who are not directly involved in the emergency relief efforts through delivery of heating fuel.

Carriers must read and understand the Emergency Declaration 17-02. In the event this note contradicts any information in the declaration, the declaration language shall rule.


J J Keller  partner of Missouri Trucking Association.

Truckers Against Trafficking


Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to control their victims.  Any minor engaged in commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking.  Trafficking can occur in many locations, including truck stops, restaurants, rest areas, brothels, strip clubs, private homes, etc.  Truckers are the eyes and the ears of our nation’s highways.  If you see a minor working any of those areas or suspect that the person selling sex is under someone else’s control in order to make a quota, call the National Hotline and report your tip:  1-888-3737-888(US) – 1-800-222-TIPS (Canada) Test INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)

For law enforcement to open an investigation on your tip, they need “actionable information”.  Specific tips helpful when reporting to the hotline would include:

  • Descriptions of cars (make, model, color, license plate number, etc.) and people (height, weight, hair color, eye color, age, etc.)  Take a picture if you can.

  •  Specific times and dates (When did you see the event in question take place?  What day was it?

  •         Addresses and locations where suspicious activity took place

Questions to Ask:

  • Do you keep your own money?  If not, who does?

  •         Do your parents/siblings/relatives know where you are?  If not, why not?

  •         When was the last time you saw your family?

  •         Are you physically or sexually abused?  Are you or your family threatened?  What is the nature of the threats?

Trafficking Red Flags to Look For:

  • Lack of knowledge of their community or whereabouts

  •         Restricted of controlled communication-not allowed to speak for self

  •         CB chatter about “commercial company” or flashing lights signaling “buyer” location

  •        Not in control of own identification documents (ID/passport)

  •        Any acknowledgement that she/he has a pimp and is making a quota

  •        Signs of branding or tattooing of trafficker’s name (often on the neck)

Emergency Declaration – Tropical Storm Harvey

26 State – Regional Declaration of Emergency – Signed – 08-31-2017

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2017

Order Your Supplies By September 1st!

They toil under stressful, often harsh conditions, and they deserve a genuine, tangible display of appreciation. There’s no better way to say “Thank You” than by hosting a great appreciation event.
Here are the perfect items needed for your Driver Appreciation Event the week of September 10-16. Order these items and check out other items before it’s too late!




Hours of Service Rules for Property-Carrying CMV Drivers

Hours of Service Rules