Senate skips trucking reforms in DOT bill, calls for evaluation ELD mandate for livestock carriers

The Senate’s Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted to send the chamber’s 2019 U.S. DOT appropriations bill to the full Senate for consideration. Unlike its House counterpart, the bill is void of trucking policy reforms, chiefly an extension of the ELD waiver granted to livestock haulers and the so-called Denham Amendment, a provision to block states from enforcing meal and rest break laws for truck operators.

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First of Rhode Island’s trucks-only tolls begin collecting Monday

Truck drivers traveling through Rhode Island will begin receiving bills for two toll locations beginning Monday, June 11.

Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. said in a press conference Tuesday the two locations are expected to raise $7.2 million per year. A total of 14 toll locations are planned, and Alviti said RIDOT expects construction will begin or be completed on those locations within the next 18 months.

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