A DOT report issued June 13 indicates rules mandating the use of speed limiters in trucks, raising the minimum liability insurance for carriers and implementing a more complete and direct federal safety scoring system could still come in 2014.
Given recent actions by Congress to undermine FMCSA rulemaking and an emotional plea made to Congress in a recent DOT Fast Lane blog post by agency head Anne Ferro, what's going to come of Ferro and her time at FMCSA?
With several news reports suggesting its driver had been awake working for 24 hours prior to the accident, Walmart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan issued a statement early today, Monday, June 9, that the driver was operating within federal hours limitations.
The Teamsters Union has voiced its opposition to recent Congressional action to roll back the 2013 changes to federal hours-of-service restart provisions, but ATA head Bill Graves is holding strong on the group’s support for suspending the changes.
Continuing Congressional action of late to try to rein in FMCSA regulatory activities, the House voted to add an amendment to its DOT funding bill to stop the agency from increasing the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have.
Was OOIDA's move the right one -- or is the "be careful what you ask for, you just might get it" adage an appropriate consideration? More views here on the org's call for Anne Ferro to resign.
In addition to offering restart-changes relief pending further study, the bill requires an ELD final rule by January 2015 and SFD proposal by December of this year, in addition to an OIG audit of the compliance review program.
Drivers carrying livestock will soon be exempt from the 30-minute break rule required by federal hours-of-service rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced June 6.
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