Congress

Oops: Appropriations bill may have done away with 34-hour restart entirely

Turns out the 34-hour restart-related item in the late-2015 Congressional appropriations bill may have done a little more than was intended, eliminating the restart entirely. Before you start (or continue, as it were) recapping hours, however ...

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Aviation bill would reemphasize federal authority over states’ regulation of truckers’ hours, pay

A bill unveiled in the U.S. House’s Transportation Committee this week seeks to restrict state’s ability to regulate truckers’ on-duty time, such as required rest breaks, and could have an impact on driver pay reform efforts being conducted at state levels.

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So does FMCSA’s safety rating rule in fact violate Congressional directive?

Another week, another letter to Congress from an ad hoc coalition of groups challenging FMCSA's new safety rating rule's release on grounds it violates the FAST Act highway bill.

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Altered CSA Safety Measurement System back in the public eye

The FMCSA has returned an altered CSA SMS to public view, showing no percentile or other evaluative scoring in the BASIC categories of measurement.

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Safety rating poised to turn to roadside data, coalition issues challenge

The coalition that took on the recent highway bill's "poison pill" successfully has issued something of a pre-emptive challenge to FMCSA's proposed changes to the safety rating program.

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Highway bill: So much, yet too little

The new highway bill did nothing to create stable user-based funding to make our infrastructure program self-sustaining.

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Rollback of 34-hour restart regs further entrenched by Congressional budget deal

FMCSA will have to prove its 2013-implemented rules are better for driver fatigue and highway safety than previous hours rules before they can go back into effect, Congress directs.

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FAST Act highway bill: What trucking measures made it, what didn’t

In: Major CSA reform, expansion of driver drug testing, detention study and more. Out: Younger truckers and a measure that could have harmed small business truckers.

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Highway funding extended two weeks with President’s signature

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday, Nov. 20, a bill to extend highway funding for two weeks.

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Driver voices raised against highway bill amendment to resolve state/federal legal conflicts

Protection of independent/small-fleet business freedom or "wage theft" from company drivers? A growing conflict over a highway-bill amendment as House-Senate conference gets under way.

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