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EMERGENCY DECLARATION 17-01

Effective May 4, 2017 to June 3, 2017 In response to severe spring storms causing massive flooding, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency declaration to waive certain federal regulations under the authority of 49 CFR 390.23, for carriers who participate in emergency relief efforts. While this declaration is in effect, participating […]

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EMERGENCY DECLARATION – Wildfire Relief

Wildfires in states west of Missouri are consuming large swaths of livestock pasture. As a result, livestock producers are in great need of animal feed. In order to streamline relief efforts, the Missouri Department of Transportation, at the request of Gov. Eric Greitens and in consultation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is waiving travel […]

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Interpretation and Enforcement Changes for Fuel Carrier Industry – UPDATE

The Missouri Highway Patrol Vehicle Enforcement Division has decided to hold off from enforcing the recent interpretation from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) changes how you placard a full load of diesel fuel, NA1993. In a recent response/interpretation from PHMSA they have alerted the industry of how 49 CFR 172.336 is being enforced.  […]

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FHWA Releases Compendium of Size and Weight Regulations

The Federal Highway Administration has released its Compilation of Existing State Truck Size and Weight Limit Laws. This publication was requested by Congress in 2012 in the MAP-21 highway bill. It is a compendium of state size and weight regulations, in effect on October 1, 2012, that allow vehicles operating on the National Highway System […]

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FMCSA Grace Period for Use of New Medical Report Forms and Certificates

The FMCSA 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners were allowed to use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) was from December 22, 2015, until April 20, 2016. It’s official – only the new report forms and wallet cards can be used now!  Please […]

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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 efforts.  ATA met with FMCSA on this issue early last year, helped gather relevant data, and […]

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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 considering expanding interstate tolling in its upcoming Highway Reauthorization Bill, likely to be released later this week.  […]

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Senate Bill 456 Signed by Gov. Nixon Becomes Law August 28, 2015

During the Missouri 2015 Legislative Session Senate Bill 456 passed. On July 13, 2015 Governor Nixon signed the bill.         Sponsored by Senator Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) and Rep. T.J. Berry (R-Kearney), this bill allows a dealer to sell a vehicle (for up to sixty days) without a title. Currently, motor vehicle dealers are authorized to […]

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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 general, the bill extends through the end of calendar […]

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PRESIDENT SIGNS SPENDING BILL: HOURS-OF-SERVICE RESTART PROVISIONS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!

December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Upon signature, two provisions of the 34-hour restart rule were suspended. So what does this mean? EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: 1. Drivers utilizing the 34-hour restart do NOT have to include two consecutive periods off-duty between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. As long as a driver […]

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