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House Continuing Resolution Contains Hours-of-Service Fix

December 7, 2016

House Continuing Resolution Contains Hours-of-Service Fix

The House Appropriations Committee on Dec. 6 released a Continuing Resolution funding the government through April 28 that contains a critical provision the trucking industry has sought for nearly a year. If enacted, the legislation would maintain the current 34-hour restart provision in the federal Hours-of-Service rule pending the results of a Congressionally mandated study.

Court of Appeals Upholds ELD Rule

November 1, 2016

Court of Appeals Upholds ELD Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit denied the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association’s (OOIDA) challenge to the Department of Transportation’s rule mandating electronic logging devices on commercial trucks.

Trucking Policy on Congress's September Agenda

September 7, 2016

Trucking Policy on Congress's September Agenda

Having returned from a lengthy summer recess, Congress is likely to consider important truck policy issues in September before it breaks again during the month of October.

Speed Limiter Proposal Expected in Late August

August 22, 2016

Speed Limiter Proposal Expected in Late August

The Department of Transportation (DOT) expects to issue a proposal to mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks on Aug. 26, the agency reported in its August Significant Rulemaking Report. The Office of Management and Budget cleared the proposal Aug. 12, marking the last step in the regulatory process before a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is issued.

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Due Aug. 31

August 11, 2016

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Due Aug. 31

Truckstops that operate fleets are reminded that Aug. 31 is the filing deadline for federal highway use tax returns.

NHTSA Tackles Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles Amid Public Safety and Privacy Concerns

July 6, 2016

NHTSA Tackles Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles Amid Public Safety and Privacy Concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expects to issue industry guidelines on the deployment of autonomous vehicles later this summer. As trucking companies grow more attracted to the cost-savings these technologies can generate, regulations surrounding trucking -- such as hours-of-service rules -- could evolve as well, with serious implications for truckstops.

DOT: Insufficient Data to Recommend Truck Size and Weight Changes

April 22, 2016

DOT: Insufficient Data to Recommend Truck Size and Weight Changes

The U.S. Department of Transportation on April 14 released its federally mandated study on truck size and weight, concluding that data is too insufficient to recommend any type of regulatory change.

Senate Committee Advances FY 2017 Transportation Funding With HOS Fix

April 22, 2016

Senate Committee Advances FY 2017 Transportation Funding With HOS Fix

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 30-0 April 21 to advance a $56 billion fiscal 2017 transportation funding bill that contains a potential fix to 2015 legislation that omitted key technical language required to keep the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours-of-Service Rule in effect pending the results of a Congressionally mandated study.

Trucking Policy Update

April 17, 2016

Trucking Policy Update

Representatives from the trucking industry as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) engaged in a "roundtable" discussion April 13 with the House Transportation Committee to discuss the trucking-related provisions in the long-term Highway Bill that Congress recently passed (known as the FAST Act).

Truckload Carriers Change Truck Weight Policy

March 18, 2016

Truckload Carriers Change Truck Weight Policy

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) changed its truck weight policy at its recent annual meeting, marking the second time in recent months that the association has put itself at odds with the American Trucking Associations over truck policy.

FMCSA Proposes Entry-Level Driver Training Rule, Considers Sleep Apnea Rule

March 14, 2016

FMCSA Proposes Entry-Level Driver Training Rule, Considers Sleep Apnea Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is tackling two new rules aimed at enhancing the safety of commercial motor vehicle operations on the nation’s highways. FMCSA on March 7 published its Congressionally mandated national training standards for entry-level truck and bus drivers that would revise the standards for new interstate and intrastate commercial vehicle operators to obtain a commercial driver license. The agency also jointly published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) with the Federal Railroad Administration that could lead to a requirement that commercial drivers and railroad workers be evaluated for sleep apnea.

Industry Tackles Hours-of-Service Issues

March 4, 2016

Industry Tackles Hours-of-Service Issues

Congress currently is negotiating two provisions related to truck driver hours-of-service requirements. The first involves the omission of technical language in the fiscal 2016 funding law that essentially would eliminate the 34-hour restart provision of the Hours-of-Service Rule if a congressionally mandated study of the restart provision fails to show safety benefits. The second relates to states' authority to impose mandatory rest and meal breaks on top of federal hours-of-service regulations.

FMCSA Proposes New Motor Carrier Fitness Determination Rule

February 8, 2016

FMCSA Proposes New Motor Carrier Fitness Determination Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Jan. 21 published its Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the safety fitness methodology used to determine if motor carriers are unfit.

FMCSA's Darling Testifies on HOS, CSA

January 21, 2016

FMCSA's Darling Testifies on HOS, CSA

Scott Darling III, President Obama’s nominee for the next Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said the National Academy of Sciences will commence its review of the safety scoring program for carriers known as CSA next month.

FMCSA Reduces Random Required Drug Test Rates in 2016

December 30, 2015

FMCSA Reduces Random Required Drug Test Rates in 2016

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reduced the rate for random controlled substances testing to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions from 50 percent. The agency maintained the minimum annual percentage rate for random alcohol testing at 10 percent.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Issues Final Electronic Logging Rule

December 11, 2015

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Issues Final Electronic Logging Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 10 issued its Final Electronic-Logging Device Rule (ELD), mandating the use of technology by commercial drivers to log their hours of service (HOS) data effective December 2017.

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Trucking Issues

December 10, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Trucking Issues

The five-year, $305 billion highway bill signed into Dec. 4 by President Obama titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) contained several important provisions that stand to affect the trucking industry and the truckstops that also operate commercial vehicles. Below is a brief overview of those issues.

FMCSA Concludes Data Collection for HOS Restart Study

October 2, 2015

FMCSA Concludes Data Collection for HOS Restart Study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Oct. 1 that the agency has finished collecting data for its study of the hours-of-service restart provision and that it expects to issue a final report to Congress by year’s end.

Legislation Would Allow States to Choose Heavier Trucks

September 11, 2015

Legislation Would Allow States to Choose Heavier Trucks

U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) introduced legislation that would allow states to decide whether they want to increase truck weight limits to 91,000 pounds from the current 80,000 pound limit.

House Bill Maintains 34-Hour Restart Suspension, Rejects Insurance Increases

June 12, 2015

House Bill Maintains 34-Hour Restart Suspension, Rejects Insurance Increases

The House has passed its Transportation-Housing spending bill that includes two provisions related to the trucking industry.

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