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Trucker breaks and pay, infrastructure bill, FMCSA boss confirmation on tap as Congress returns

Congress could soon take action to block states from enacting laws on driver breaks and pay reforms, take up an infrastructure funding package, further delay ELD compliance for livestockers, confirm a new FMCSA boss and more...

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More clean inspections: Enforcement change or improved compliance?

Both enforcement-practice changes and, veteran officers suggest, improved operations on the part of truckers are responsible for clean inspections' recent rise.

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A view on the rise in clean inspections, from a state where they’re fairly uncommon

In our annual CSA's Data Trail analysis, Indiana state ranks 10th this year in clean inspections, with less than a third of their total inspections having come out entirely violation-free over the course of calendar year 2016. But look at improvement in truckers' favor in that metric, and you'll see that Indiana is one of just a few states that improved in that particular metric by more than 50 percent over the preceding year.

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A silver lining: Clean inspections on the rise

In Overdrive’s annual CSA’s Data Trail update, after a few years of decline in the totals overall, inspections increased by more than 4 percent. Fortunately for operators, those additional thousands of inspections can be attributed in part to an influx of inspections that contained no violation.

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Trends in violations, inspections move in truckers’ favor

Since year 2012, when the violation-free inspection percentage was below 40 percent, while the total number of inspections has remained relatively level and even fallen a little, violation-free inspection numbers have grown considerably, by more than 18 percent.

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Truckers can participate in meeting Friday on future of CSA

Friday’s meeting will allow the public to offer input to be considered by FMCSA in the development and implementation of an action plan to address CSA's deficiencies outlined in National Academies of Sciences report. Registration is required for online or in-person attendance.

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ELD delay, trucker break laws on Congressional docket in coming weeks

A few prominent trucking policy reforms could be on tap in Congress in the coming weeks and months as lawmakers return to Washington from their annual August recess. Most prominently, lawmakers could take up a bill — or a rider to a must-pass spending bill — to delay the compliance date of the looming electronic logging device mandate.

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FMCSA holds listening sessions on CSA, ELDs with no notice to trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input from trucking stakeholders on some of the agency’s most prominent regulations.

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A shot in the arm for fixing CSA

The added weight of an objective party is welcome, especially knowing it gives Congress a clear vision of CSA problems. FMCSA has made relatively superficial changes – slowly – to CSA. It’s a shame it’s taken so many voices to repeat the call that change needs to be faster and more substantive.

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As cow haulers applaud ELD exemption in DOT funding bill, legislation advances

A bill that would exempt carriers from state laws requiring paid meal and rest breaks for drivers and, at least short term, exempt livestock haulers from compliance with the federal electronic logging device has been passed by the House Appropriations Committee’s transportation subcommittee.

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