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tfl1Congressional Republicans and Democrats got together last week to introduce a bill in the U.S. House that would undo the current hours of service rule and allow truck drivers to go back to abiding by the hours rules in place prior to the July 1 changes.

“The True Understanding of the Economy and Safety Act (TRUE Safety Act)” was introduced last Thursday. This bill would delay the current hours rule until Congress’ investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office, can assess the methodology the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration used to craft the 34-hour restart provisions in the new rules.

According to the findings of a panel of fleet managers, released last week, the current Hours of Service Rule is pushing older, experienced drivers out of the industry, which will eventually take a toll on safety.

If the new bill is passed, the GAO would be required to perform the study, and FMCSA would be barred from re-implementing the July 1 restart provisions until six months after the GAO submits its report to Congress.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine).

Hanna said the bill would allow Congress and the GAO to assess the regulations…

to ensure the rule makes sense and will not actually harm the traveling public and the American economy.

It is wrongheaded for the federal government to impose an arbitrary and capricious regulation that impacts almost every sector of the American economy without first finishing a study on its effectiveness. Federal agencies should have an obligation to prove that new rules and regulations do not cause more harm than good – in terms of both safety and costs.

According to Rice, the bill will “rein in FMCSA,” which he says has “abused its authority”.

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trucking95If the Government Shutdown continues too long, could it seriously affect the Trucking Industry?

Before the Shutdown began, Caterpillar sent out a press release stating that

Failure to act could have significant implications on the U.S. economy. It is imperative that Congress and the [Obama} Administration work in a bipartisan manner to develop a long-term plan that establishes sustainable fiscal policies.

According to Kenny Vieth, president of ACT, which forecasts demand for heavy duty commercial trucks,

Normally, government is incrementally positive for economic growth, but it’s been a fairly substantial drag on growth.

The Indiana-based firm expects 252,000 heavy-duty trucks to be built this year, compared with an earlier estimate of 261,000. In the likelihood that the weakness persists, it would spill into early next year. So, ACT took down its 2014 projection to 281,000 trucks from 298,000.

The slow-growing U.S. economy has kept production of new trucks far from its pre-recession levels.

ACT decided to scale back its earlier forecasts after noticing truck manufacturers’ 2013 forecasts falling this summer. The firm believes disruption of the federal government is likely to accelerate the decline in orders not just from the private sector, but the public one, too. State, federal and local governments consume a lot of goods and services and if they scale back because of the shut-down, they won’t need as many trucks, which isn’t good news for the companies that make big engines, wheels and all the metal and components that go into them.

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The ATA (American Trucking Associations) has told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it supports the agency’s proposal to require motor carriers to install devices to record drivers’ hours of service electronically, but, at the same time, they urged the agency to address important device design and performance requirements.

ATA brought up a number of concerns about the supporting documents component of the proposal, while pointing out that the agency’s proposal did not meet requirements mandated by Congress.

ATA said in comments which they released:

ATA supports FMCSA’s proposal to mandate electronic logging devices. However, the agency must address some of the device design and performance specifications which are critical to the success of such a mandate.

The ATA was alluding to issues including a more secure driver identification and authentication process, and improved standards to ensure the devices are not prone to tampering or fraud.

According to ATA, Electronic logging

…will improve compliance with the hours-of-service regulations. This is important since FMCSA data has demonstrated a strong correlation between compliance with the current hours-of-service regulations and safe operations.

ATA is an advocate of retention of the current hours-of-service regulations, the subject of a separate rulemaking, in part on the basis of this data.

In terms of supporting documents, ATA said

FMCSA’s proposal to require carriers retain a document (or documents collectively) to verify the beginning and end of each on-duty/not driving time period is unrealistic. Available documents typically lack such precision. The agency’s suggestion that carriers certify that such documents don’t routinely exist would place those carriers at great risk.

The agency had proposed that carriers make such certifications, but that they also be automatically subject to the maximum civil penalty if found to have made a false certification.

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