Trucking Industry News Update 12/15/16

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Short-Term Funding Bill Keeps 34-Hour RestartApex Trucking News Update

President Obama passed a short-term funding bill, which funded the government through April 2017 and preserved the 34-Hour restart. Read more from American Trucker and Overdrive Magazine.

Drug Testing Rate Stays at 25% in 2017

The FMCSA will continue to require motor carriers to randomly test 25% of their drivers in 2017. Read more from The Trucker and FleetOwner.

Diesel Reaches Highest Price since November 2015

The average retail diesel price jumped 1.3 cents to $2.493 per gallon, the highest price since November 9, 2015, according to the Department of Energy. Read more from Heavy Duty Trucking and American Trucker.

ATRI Releases Parking Study Results

The American Transportation Research Institute released the results of its Truck Parking Diary research which found truckers spend an average of 56 minutes per day searching for parking, costing them nearly $5,000 a year in lost wages. Read more from Land Line Magazine and Overdrive Magazine.

Truck Driver Turnover Falls to 5-Year Low

Truck driver turnover at large truckload fleets fell to the lowest rate in five years, according to the American Trucking Association. Read more from American Trucker and Transport Topics.

FMCSA Delays URS Implementation Indefinitely

The FMCSA delayed the final implementation of its Unified Registration System indefinitely. It will issue a notice in early January to announce the revised implementation dates. Read more from Land Line Magazine and CCJ.

OOIDA Requests Rehearing on ELD Rule

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit requesting a rehearing of its case opposing a federal regulation mandating the use of electronic logging devices. Read more from Land Line Magazine and FleetOwner.

DOT Announces Proposed Rule for Connected Vehicle Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule that would advance the development of crash-avoidance applications that could prevent thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles ‘talk’ to each other.” Read more from FleetOwner and Transport Topics.

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