Congress

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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DOT chief: CSA scores likely to remain hidden for two years pending required changes

“Based on our preliminary assessment, it’s going to take a while to do the revised analysis,” Foxx said, referring to the changes in the CSA score methodology called for by Congress in the 2015 FAST Act. “We expect it to take a year or two, probably more like two, before that information (CSA SMS rankings) will be posted back up.”

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House bill restores 2011 hours of service rules, kills Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking

The measure does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years.

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Mailbag: Potential 34-hour restart change reinforces elemental hours problems for readers

Given the complexity of the recently proposed 34-hour-restart change, it's no wonder (as you'll hear in this podcast) that a desire for the simplicity of pre-14-hour-rule regs is such a topic of discussion of late.

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The latest on speed limiters: Senate wants DOT to act now

Proponents of a speed limiter mandate, like some trucking lobbyists and so-called safety advocacy groups, appear tired of the DOT dragging its feet in getting the proposed rule published and have asked Congress to intervene.

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