Congress again foregoes hours of service fix in latest appropriations bill

James Jaillet | @trucknewsJJ | September 29, 2016
Both chambers of Congress on Wednesday passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 9. The stopgap spending law wards off a government shutdown, but the bill — dubbed a “clean continuing resolution” from its onset — did not include a provision to clarify the future of hours of service rules pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart.

The measure will now likely be taken up in the 2017 Department of Transportation appropriations bill or a similar omnibus spending package for the 2017 fiscal year. Read more

ATA Thanks Senators for Introducing Bill to Improve TWIC Program

Larger TSA Reform Bill Would Address Driver Credential Issue

Arlington, Va. – Today, the American Trucking Associations thanked the leaders of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for introducing legislation that would move the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program closer to a “one-stop shop” for security clearances, improving the efficiency and security of the industry.

“Under current law, there are still a number of background checks and other hurdles drivers must overcome in order to move America’s most hazardous freight and access sensitive areas of the supply chain,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “We appreciate the efforts of Senators Thune, Nelson, Fischer and Booker for recognizing that while this scrutiny may be necessary, it need not be duplicative and we thank them for including these necessary reforms to the TWIC program in their legislation.”

The bill, Surface Transportation and Maritime Security Act, would address a number of issues within TSA, but of particular interest to ATA is the inclusion of provisions aimed at surface transportation issues including: development of a surface transportation advisory committee; a complete assessment of the TWIC program as well as language allowing TWIC holders to obtain their hazmat endorsement without the need for additional background checks – long an issue supported by ATA.
ATA was joined in their support for the bill by other trucking organizations including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Tank Truck Carriers.
“OOIDA is very much pleased with the introduction of this much needed effort. No group is more concerned with transportation security than our nation’s truck drivers who move the cargo,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “For too long, these hard working men and women have been frustrated with the bureaucracy and costs of duplicative and redundant background checks. They have always deserved a better system and perhaps now they will get it.
“Surface transportation security has long been due for an overhaul. The tank truck industry’s cargo is among the most tightly security-regulated commodities and we salute the senators for introducing this important legislation,” said NTTC President Dan Furth.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook.Trucking Moves America Forward

Tire inflation is coming to a trailer near you

Many benefits cited in usage of tire inflation systems to avoid CSA penalties, roadside breakdowns and increased maintenance costs Sep 14, 2016 Brian Straight | Fleet Owner

SAN ANTONIO. When it comes to CSA violations, tires are a killer. A flat tire is an 8-point deduction; an under-inflated tire is a 3-point hit. But when it comes to roadside inspections, there are significant differences, according to Al Cohn, director of new market development and engineering support for Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.).

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FMCSA eyes rule to change clearance process for diabetic truckers

Matt Cole | @MattColeRR | September 15, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking industry feedback on recommendations made by its Medical Review Board for a potential rulemaking that would allow drivers with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to drive commercial vehicles in interstate commerce. Read more

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Proposed speed limiter rule published, comment period open

reduce-speed  A proposed rule to mandate the use of speed limiting devices on heavy-duty trucks has been published in the Federal Register, officially opening the 60-day comment period on the rule.

The U.S. DOT released the proposed rule Aug. 26, which would require trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds to use speed limiters, however, the DOT did not specify a speed at which trucks should be governed. Read more

Rule to set minimum driver training standards moves step closer to publication

Rule to set minimum driver training standards moves step closer to publication

Matt Cole | @MattColeRR | August 30, 2016

Administration has sent the final version of a rule to implement minimum truck driver training standards to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Once the OMB approves the rule, usually within 90 days, the rule can be published at the DOT’s discretion.

The Entry-Level Driver Training rule will go into effect three years after its final publication in the Federal Register, according to the rule’s proposed version, issued earlier this year.

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