January 2, 2012
A truck drives on the U.S. 40 bridge over I-70 near Midway. Unless Missouri acts soon, it could lose millions of federal highway dollars as a penalty for not adopting new safety requirements for commercial truckers. Approximately one-third of the states, including Missouri, have indicated they may not meet a Jan. 30 deadline for their drivers license offices to require interstate truck drivers to provide proof from a medical professional they are healthy enough to drive.
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Stuck in a financial pothole, Missouri’s highway department has been selling equipment and eliminating employees to scrounge up enough money to repair its roads. Unless it also changes state law, it could lose tens of millions of federal highway dollars as a penalty for not adopting new safety requirements for commercial truck drivers.