Congress

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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The ‘poison pill’ that remains in the recently passed highway bill, by the numbers

Unless fixed or removed in the House-Senate highway bill conference committee, the House's carrier "hiring standard" would unduly disadvantage well more than 1.5 million drivers for 440,000 carriers in the competition to secure business.

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House withdraws highway bill amendment that sought to fix damaging measure for independent truckers

A fix to a measure in the House’s long-term highway bill, which as-is could be harmful to independent truckers and small trucking companies, was pulled from the House floor late Wednesday afternoon.

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House kills proposition to up truck weight limit to 91,000 pounds

A proposed Congressional measure to allow states to increase truck weight limits to 91,000 pounds failed when brought to the House floor late Tuesday. The reform was offered as an amendment to the long-term highway bill under consideration this week.

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