Congress

The ELD mandate and the House Freedom Caucus

OOIDA urging members to engage caucus members on ELDs. And a question: What's your view of the ELD mandate today?

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A little learnin’ and its opposite: Channel 19 year in review, part 2

Part 2 in this year in review picks up with Wes Memphis' transition to e-logs and plenty "unlearning" to be done ...

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Congress clears legislation to spell out future of 34-hour restart regs for truck operators

For the time being, truckers can continue to operate as they have since December 2014, meaning 34-hour restarts do not need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the 34-hour restart option can be used as often as truck operators like.

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Shuster to chair House’s transportation committee in 2017-2018 Congress

The committee is responsible for legislation spanning all modes of transportation, tasked with both public policy related to transportation and the country's transportation infrastructure. The committee is responsible for oversight of the Executive Branch's Department of Transportation.

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Regs outlook: Change is in the air

Between hope and a hard place: The potential import for owner-operators of a new federal administration as regards ELDs, speed limiters, CARB's pursuit of an Ultra-Low NOx emissions standard and more, from Western States Trucking Association rep and former O/O Joe Rajkovacz at NASTC's annual meeting.

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ELD mandate: Small fleet owner urges Congress to reconsider, more voices on the mandate

"It’s high time for our government officials to start using some common sense by listening to the voices of experience who know what they are talking about. It’s time to reconsider this mandate to the benefit of all." --Z-Tranz small fleet owner David Morin, based in Morganton, N.C. BONUS; New mailbag podcast on the mandate.

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34-hour restart clarification misses another funding bill

Congress passed Wednesday a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 9. Though the stopgap spending law wards off a government shutdown, the bill did not include a provision to clarify the future of hours of service rules pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart.

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Bill floated in Congress to reduce excise tax on alternative fuel trucks

The tax code currently imposes a 12 percent excise tax on the sale of heavy-duty trucks. The bill's backers said in a press release that alternative fuel trucks, such as natural gas-powered trucks, are more expensive than diesel-powered costs, effectively resulting in a penalty for purchasing an alt-fuel-powered truck. The bill would change that.

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Driver to Speaker of the House: ‘Be a politician for the people’

Driver Steven Brown makes an economic argument against speed limiters in his letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, calling the DOT's proposed mandate "just another way to tax the working class."

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Detention data collection phase, regulatory process under way

As required by the FAST Act, DOT will report "on the impact of loading and unloading delays" on the economy, transport efficiency, safety and driver pay/income. Efforts could hold import for hours, detention pay in future.

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