Senate

Senate DOT bill, unlike House, skips changes to ELD mandate, driver breaks

The Senate’s 2018 fiscal year DOT appropriations does not include any changes to the coming electronic logging device mandate, nor does it include the so-called Denham Amendment, which intends to block states from enacting rest break laws for truck drivers. The House version of the bill does include such reforms.

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Human trafficking convicts would be barred for life from trucking under Senate bill

A bill introduced by the Senate’s Commerce Committee this week would permanently disqualify truck drivers from holding a CDL if they've been convicted of a human trafficking offense. The legislation part of a two-bill package aimed at combating human trafficking that occurs on U.S. roadways.

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A back-handed compliment is still back-handed

Senators deliver industry compliments for trucking efforts to combat human trafficking before proposing truckers convicted of aiding human trafficking have their CDLs revoked for life. "Wait. What?"

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Notes on having notes

"I firmly believe enough interest can be generated to get the ELD law delayed until the hours of service rules can be amended, but it's going to require sticking to the point and being very specific about what the point is, and it's going to require numbers of people to direct their concerns to the correct places."

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Majority of drivers are opposed to federal approval for hair-sample testing for drugs

While such testing has long been sought by a variety of mostly large carrier interests, a slight majority of Overdrive readers oppose the move to hair testing, objecting to the privacy intrusion they believe it represents.

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Regs reform bills in Senate, House aim at accountability to the public good

If passed, the bill would require regulators to open comments on potential rulemakings before they are proposed, require agencies to use the most cost-effective version of proposals, establish an automatic rule review process and more.

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Looking into the crystal ball on ELDs/rates, and Owner-operator Reed goes to Washington

Two updates -- audio of Todd Amen of ATBS' conference call on operator income from yesterday, and one from owner-operator Scott Reed, fresh off a meeting with legislative aide to Senator Deb Fisher in Washington gone bad, only to turn out positive when Reed dropped in on other Senators from Iowa, North Dakota, Montana.

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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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Should Supreme Court nomination proceed before or after 2016 elections?

What's your take on whether or not President Obama and Congress should go ahead with the nomination/confirmation process to replace deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia?

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