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Following the U.S. House, Senators file bill to allow under-21 interstate drivers with extra training

A bill that would allow CDL holders under the age of 21 to cross state lines has been filed in the U.S. Senate. The Drive-Safe Act, which was also filed in the U.S. House in March, would institute extra training requirements before such younger drivers can operate interstate.

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Senate passes bill to extend ELD waiver for livestock haulers through Sept. 2019

The measure still has hurdles to clear before becoming final, however, including passage in the House and a likely conference committee between lawmakers from the House and the Senate. The bill must then be signed by President Trump, who has threatened to veto appropriations bills.

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House bill would make modest hours of service changes, address split sleeper rule, nix ELD supporting docs

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The legislation is the latest in a string of bills proposed this year targeting hours of service reforms, spurred in part by the implementation of the ELD mandate

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Senate bill would repeal 12% excise tax on truck, trailer purchases

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U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) has introduced a bill to repeal the 12-percent federal excise tax (FET) on the sale of heavy-duty trucks and trailers, a move heavily applauded by the American Truck Dealers association. 

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Trucking Alliance, Advocates file letter of opposition to Senate bill that would alter hours regs for livestock haulers

The Trucking Alliance and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety have filed a letter with all 535 members of Congress asking them to oppose a recent overhaul of hours of service regulations for livestock haulers proposed in the Senate.

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Senate omits ELD reprieve for livestock haulers, driver breaks provision in DOT spending bill

Unlike its House counterpart, the Senate’s 2019 DOT appropriations bill is void of trucking policy reforms, chiefly an extension of the ELD waiver granted to livestock haulers and the so-called Denham Amendment, a provision to block states from enforcing meal and rest break laws for truck operators.

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House committee clears bill with ELD waiver for livestock haulers, dismissal of state-mandated driver breaks

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday stamped approval on a 2019 Department of Transportation funding bill that would give livestock haulers until October 2019 to adopt an electronic logging device, if the bill clears Congress. It also would block states from enforcing their own meal and rest break laws for truck driver.

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House DOT bill further delays ELDs for livestockers, blocks state-mandated driver breaks

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If the bill passes, livestock and bee haulers would be exempt from ELD compliance until the end of September 2019. Lawmakers are also using the bill as yet another avenue to pursue the so-called Denham Amendment.

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Small California carriers eye relief from costly lawsuits with Congress’ ‘Denham Amendment’

A provision on the table in Congress aims to protect trucking companies, including small carriers with only a few trucks, from litigation that could force them into costly settlements with drivers. Opponents, such as OOIDA and the Teamsters, decry the move as "wage theft."

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New Rhode Island law bans using cell phones while driving

A new Rhode Island law bans drivers from using hand-held wireless communication devices, like cell phones, while driving. The use of headphones or accessories that cover both ears is also not allowed under the new law, which goes into effect June 1.

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