Truck Driver Rules and Regulations

by TJ on May 19, 2008

Truck Driver Rules and Regulations

Driving across the country is hard work. Long hours, few breaks, and the solitary confinement of your cab do not make things easier. But with a flurry of legislation affecting the transportation industry on the table, those who drive in more than one state will need to be aware of new laws, regulations, and incentives at both the state and federal level. If you’d rather not try to scope out the details of all of these bills and laws yourself, here are some of the most recent government acts that have an affect on the transportation industry.

1.  Diesel Tax Parity Act

This bill, which was introduced April 21 to the Senate Finance Committee, proposes a lowering of the federal diesel tax to the same price as the gas tax. Introduced by Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, the equal taxes would last only through the end of December. Snowe cites the faster rising price of diesel fuel as compared with the price of gasoline as the motivation for the bill. If passed, the bill would lower taxes on diesel from 24.3 cents per gallon to 18.3 cents per gallon.
 
2.  Trust in Reliable Understanding of Consumer Costs Act

Introduced to the House of Representatives April 30, if passed, this bill would require fuel buyers to pay for the entire fuel surcharge. The bill was introduced by Representative Tom Petri of Wisconsin, a Republican. According to Petri, the fuel surcharge problem is one reason why independent truckers and owner operators are facing such financial strain under high diesel prices.

3.  Texas Grant Programs

According to etrucker.com, the Texas government has been reviewing applications from companies and independent truckers for grants to reduce fuel emissions. Truckers in certain counties will be awarded $107.5 million for engine upgrades or new vehicle purchases in order to keep vehicles in line with emissions standards.

4.  New York State Thruway Authority Higher Tolls

Truckers in New York State who use the toll roads will now have to pay a little more for the decision. According to etrucker.com, the Thruway Authority approved a five percent toll increase for 2009 and a five percent increase in tolls for 2010. The rising prices were approved April 25, and came just after a ten percent toll increase that took place this January.

5.  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Recommendation for Apnea Testing

Although this is not a law yet, it might become a mandate soon. On January twenty-eighth, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration board voted 4-1 to recommend that drivers with a body mass index of thirty or more who hold a CDL be tested for the sleep disorder. According to the Administration, the testing will help prevent one of the biggest dangers on the road, fatigue.

Though they range from potential fuel breaks to toll hikes, recent government decisions are certainly impacting the lives of truckers. Though these are just a few government actions that affect the transportation industry, being aware of laws and potential laws like these will give you an edge in the industry.

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Steve Alexander May 24, 2008 at 1:23 am

WHY SHOULD THE TRUCKERS HAVE TO DO THE WORK FOR US!!!!!
Help participate by sending this out to every person you know. Get the ball rolling on something that we as a global society need to address.

IF YOU ARE TIRED OF PAYING A RIDICULOUS PRICE PER GALLON AT THE GAS PUMP PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS MESSAGE.

I am starting this e-protest as a reasonable means of reaching 300,000,000 Americans and at least as many of our global cousins.
It is very simple……

We as a global culture MUST WORK TOGETHER……

This means that we must all AGREE to do one thing as a group…..

Right now you are asking yourself HOW CAN I CHANGE THE PRICE OF GAS?

Simple…. Join together and collectively act…..

DO NOT BUY GAS FOR THE FIRST WEEK EACH MONTH!!!

I am calling upon all individuals who purchase gas to not buy gas for one whole week each month.

Fill up on the last week of the month and COMMIT to not buy gas or any products from a gas station from the 1st of each month to the 7th of each month.

I know that I am asking for a huge change in your weekly lifestyle. It will mean carefully considering the number of miles that are absolutely necessary to drive in that week
and not driving unless it is an absolute necessity.

One more thing and this is THE big one. This will only work if every person who receives this message passes it along to every person on their email list.
This is the most critical part. The average person has around 70 email addresses in their contact list, If every person I sent this to forwards it to their whole contact
list that will be over 5000 people…..if these all forward it to about 70 people thats over 340,000 people, if these all participate it will be over 24,000,000 people.
That is only after the third generation of emails if each of these 24,000,000 participate, that is almost 1.5 billion people.

PLEASE DON’T DISCARD THIS EMAIL, SEND IT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, AND FOLLOW UP WITH THEM TO SEND IT TO EVERYONE THEY KNOW!

I AM NOT ASKING FOR MORE THAN A COUPLE OF HOURS OF YOUR TIME. THIS IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY TO PREVENT THE OIL COMPANIES FROM
RAISING THE PRICE OF GAS TO MORE THAN THE HOURLY MINIMUM WAGE!!!!!

If you are not sure just how this could work think about how much impact
BIG OIL and THE FEDERAL GOVT. will feel if over 1,000,000 people stop buying their weekly gas just one week a month.

If you are like the average consumer and you fill up just once a week at around $50.00 and you multiply this figure by 1 million,
That’s 50 million dollars a month that hits hard immediately. Long term it’s over HALF A BILLION DOLLARS a year. Now suppose this happens over the course of three to four months,
and the participation continued to escalate as I have outlined. The results would have to be in our favor. The number of gallons of fuel processed and delivered are carefully
calculated by the oil companies based on the number of gallons sold in the previous months and years…
If the fuel consumption goes down, the amount produced and on standby becomes a backlog situation…
If there is a glut of fuel left over at the end of each month for a few months the Oil Companies have no choice but to lower the price to get the fuel moved!
The result LOWER PRICES AT THE PUMP!!!!! IT”S HIGH TIME WE AS CITIZENS OF AN EMERGING GLOBAL SOCIETY
STARTED TO PUT THESE COMPANIES ON NOTICE. WE ARE THE ONES WHO ULTIMATELY CONTROL THE MARKET BECAUSE WE ARE THE MARKET!!!!!!

Please take this seriously We are only going to change the status quo if we refuse to let the suppliers dictate the rules.

PLEASE COPY THIS POST AND FORWARD IT TO EVERY PERSON ON YOUR CONTACT LIST. PLEASE FOLLOW UP AND MAKE SURE EACH OF YOUR CONTACTS FORWARDS IT ALSO.

kris February 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Steve
the more people you have the better, truckers are against new 2010 reules and regs. People that drive cars are against high price of gas. Millions of people have had with new goverment take over and trying to change the consititution. Check out the web site for tea party express # 3. they will be in washington for april 15
boston april 14. They have a map. There are 9 other groups that have teamed up for other reasons. ck it out

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