As an effort to more strictly limit US truck driver hours of service rattled down a congressional exit ramp last week, two more trucking rules long in the works pulled into the fast lane. Congress sidelined, perhaps permanently, efforts to make truckers spend two back-to-back 1 a.m.-5 a.m. periods off-duty before starting a new work week under hours of service rules. Coming up the on-ramp are final rules that establish a federal clearinghouse for driver alcohol and drug test results and for the first time set national training standards for new truck drivers.
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