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December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Change Now in Effect

The pre-2013 34-hour restart rule is now in effect. On Tuesday President Obama signed the 2015 appropriations bill, which contains a provision suspending the more restrictive restart that went into effect as part of the hours of service rules enacted in July 2013.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Enforcement

December 14, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

Photo: Jim Park

American Trucking Associations won its fight against the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. On Saturday night the Senate passed and sent to President Obama a bill that replaces the controversial restart with an earlier, less restrictive, version while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does more research on the issue.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Suspension Waiting for Senate Action

File photo.

Thursday night's approval of an omnibus spending bill by the House of Representatives brought a suspension of the controversial 34-hour restart provision of truck driver hours-of-service regulations one step closer to reality.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

At issue are last year's changes to the 34-hour restart provision. Photo: Jim Park

With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34-Hour Restart

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

One trucking group says the way to end the controversy is to go ahead and end the use of paper logbooks. Photo: Jim Park

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, The Trucking Alliance, American Trucking Associations

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Regulations, Congress, Safety & Compliance, Driver Health, U.S. Congress

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Bid to Cut Funding for HOS Restart Draws Sharp Reaction

The American Trucking Associations is trying to get Congress to cut off funding for the restart provision of the hours of service rule -- a maneuver that has provoked a sharp response from Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and concern among some carriers and the enforcement community.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, American Trucking Associations, Congress, Regulations, Anne Ferro, The Trucking Alliance, Fatigue, ELDs

May 21, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Says: Truckers, Motorists Want Smooth Roads

A new survey from the nation’s asphalt producers and contractors finds U.S. truck drivers and motorists are increasingly frustrated with the state of U.S. roads, preferring well-maintained, safe, and smooth roadways.

Tags: Drivers, Congress, Research, Survey, Highway Funding, Highways

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, Transportation Research Board, Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

Tags: Safety, Hazmat, Tankers, Congress, GAO, NHTSA, ATA

March 24, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Signs Propane Delivery Exemptions into Law

Following quick passage by Congress, President Obama has signed legislation allowing for the expedited delivery of propane and heating fuel through May 31.

Tags: Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, President Obama, Propane Transport

March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Fate of Propane Waivers Bill Rests with President Obama

Late last week the Senate unanimously approved H.R. 4076, which extends these waivers through the end of May.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, HOS, President Obama, Propane

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

Tags: HOS, Highway Funding, EOBR, FMCSA, Congress, Highways, Hours of Service

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

National Coalition Launches “Hardhats for Highways” Campaign

With the federal Highway Trust Fund projected to be unable to support any new highway, bridge and public transportation improvements in fiscal year 2015, a national coalition of associations and labor unions announced that it is launching a campaign to help educate Congress about the connection between local jobs and federal highway and transit investment.

Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Hardhats for Highways

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Congress is getting to work on the next highway bill. At its opening hearing on reauthorization on Jan. 14, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard urgent calls for a bipartisan approach to sustainable funding, a multi-year program and federal leadership.

Tags: Congress, Caterpillar, NTSB, Intermodal, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Multimodal, The Partnership to Build America Act

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, MAP-21, Regulations, Fleets, Drivers, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

December 20, 2013 - Industry News

Congressional Budget Doesn’t Cut Highway Funding

Less than a week after the U.S. House passed the budget deal agreed upon by both chambers, the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill that outlines spending levels for two years by a vote of 64-36.

Tags: Legislation, Oil Prices, Congress, Budget, Highway Funding

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

Creation of Freight Network Not an Easy Task

In last year’s highway bill, Congress said it wants the Department of Transportation to set a place for freight at the transportation policy table. The first step in that process, defining a highway-based Primary Freight Network, is under way now. It turns out, though, that tracing a Primary Freight Network is not a simple thing.

Tags: Highways, FHWA, MAP-21, Congress

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Senator Urges FMCSA to Act on Food Safety

A recent news report about broken truck reefer units in Ohio prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, to press the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on food safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Congress

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Infrastructure, fuel tax, Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Blumenauer to Propose Diesel and Gasoline Tax Hikes

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will introduce bills to raise federal fuel taxes, index them to inflation and test a vehicle-mile tax. The proposals, which Blumenauer is scheduled to discuss on Capitol Hill Wednesday, come as Congress begins to consider ways to revive funding for U.S. roads and bridges.

Tags: Congress, fuel tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Infrastructure

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, ATRI

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Proposal Would Allow for Hair Testing of Truckers for Illegal Drugs

Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

House Bill Would Suspend 34-Hour Restart Pending Review

One of the biggest complaints about the new hours of service rules has been the new restrictions for 34-hour restarts. (Photo by Jim Park)

A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance

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