Safety & Compliance

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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

Reaction to Restart Suspension Includes Enforcement Concerns

As Congress moves toward suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, some trucking groups applaud the move while police worry about how they will enforce the change.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 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

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.

Tags: DOT, Truck Sizes, Size and Weight, Congress, Productivity, Congestion

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

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Annette M. Sandberg, principle, TransSafe Consulting.

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Safety and Compliance, 34-Hour Restart

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Halts Debate on HOS Restart Provision

Partisan differences halted Senate debate on an appropriations bill that includes a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. As the debate began, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced an amendment that would change Sen. Susan Collins’s provision calling for suspension of the restart and a study of its impact.

Tags: Legislation, HOS, U.S. Senate, 34-Hour Restart, Regulations, FMCSA, Congress, Safety & Compliance

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

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

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Congressional Bill Extends HOS Exemptions for Propane Haulers

U.S. Representatives Tom Petri, R-Wis., Chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and Bill Shuster, R-Penn., Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced legislation on Tuesday to help expedite propane deliveries during the cold weather season.

Tags: Drivers, Legislation, Regulations, Congress, Hours of Service, Propane Transport

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Police and roadside inspectors are calling for changes in how the Department of Transportation administers the truck safety program. At a hearing Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Thomas Fuller, a sergeant in the New York State Police, outlined what the enforcement community wants in the next highway bill.

Tags: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, FMCSA, Safety, Congress, CSA, DataQ, MCSAP

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

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Mary Phillips Steps Down from ATA Legislative Post

Mary Phillips, senior vice president for legislative affairs at American Trucking Associations for the past three years, is stepping down from her post. The moves comes as Congress gears up for the next highway bill, a crucial test for trucking interests on Capitol Hill.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Congress, People

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

November 26, 2013 - Industry News

Shuster Urges Quiet Approach to Highway Funding

"We will not ignore the funding issue, but I think it’s important that we need to build the case,” said Bill Shuster.

With the House and Senate going to conference on a Water Resources Development bill, the way is clear for transportation committees in both chambers to take up reauthorization of the federal highway program.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highways, Infrastructure Funding

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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