Timber haulers in Oregon are seeking an exemption to the 30-minute break required by the hours of service rule that went into effect July 1, saying environmental and seasonal restrictions already limit their ability to get logs to mills.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has sued the California Air Resources Board over the agency's requirement that 2006 year-model and older trucks be retrofitted with a particulate matter filter to run in the state.
The regulatory bottleneck heading toward the trucking industry in 2014 will further shrink the driver pool and the industry's capacity and could lead to a 6 percent increase in truckload rates by the second quarter of 2014, said Eric Starks
A broker trade association is appealing a new regulation that changed their minimum bond requirement from $10,000 to $75,000, which it says already has shut down 2,768 brokers not in compliance by Dec. 1 deadline.
In addition to the previously reported six-month "Good Faith" extension, detail here on proposed new NOx-exempt areas and concurrent extensions, a fast-approaching funding deadline, and more.
ATA Chairman Phil Byrd said undoing this year's hours-of-service rule changes, working on an electronic log mandate, fixing CSA and working to improve driver respect are some key areas ATA will focus on in 2014.
Owner-operators around the nation can voice their concerns with CARB regulations and newly proposed compliance alternatives via a Dec. 4 webcast meeting in Sacramento; further views in latest podcast.
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