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FMCSA Feeling Pressure To Increase Minimum Requirements

There is increasing pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from trial attorneys and large trucking companies to increase the minimum insurance requirements for cargo trucks. Conversely, the insurance industry believes the industry would be better served if the market place were allowed to adjust the rates and is concerned that increasing the minimum requirements would increase rates and force insurers to reallocate scarce capacity.

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According To Survey Road Conditions Have Improved

According to the Reason Foundation’s Annual Report, road conditions across the country have generally improved in 11 categories including pavement condition, urban traffic congestion and deficient bridges. The study’s is based on data states reported to the federal government in 2009. This is the most recent year with full spending statistics available.

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New Hours Of Service Rule Enforcement Begins July 1

Hours of Service changes announced on December 2011 are scheduled to go into effect on July 1. This is the date when the FMCSA will begin enforcing the new regulations for all commercial vehicles that are involved in interstate commerce. A trucking company or driver that operates only within one state is not required to comply as individual state rules apply instead. Primarily there are two impending changes.

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Missouri Transportation Commission Proposes 1-cent Sales Tax

The Missouri Transportation commission recently proposed a 1-cent sale tax to fund such projects as roads, bridges, and other infrastructure needs. The proposed sales tax would last 10 years and raise an estimated $7.9 billion in funds during this period. Voter approval would be needed to enact the tax.

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Substantial Progress Made to Reduce Highway Crashes

There has been substantive progress on more than half of 20 critical steps necessary to further reduce highway crashes, according to a new progress report released by American Trucking Associations on its progressive safety agenda.

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