The strengthening economy in 2014 boosted rates and profits in trucking, but this all took place amid ongoing legislative and regulatory uncertainty. Below are a few of the issues recently announced or left to resolve in 2015:
- Expiration of Terrorism program (TRIA) – Congress failed to act on a bill that was already approved by the Senate, the current program expires on December 31, 2014
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new No-Defect DVIR Rule means that truck drivers whose pre-trip and post-trip inspections turn up no equipment issues or safety concerns no longer need to file a report.
- FMCSA Announces Intention to Establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Drivers
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in the process of gathering comments from public, liability insurance providers, motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders on the safety and financial impacts of revising minimum levels of financial responsibility
- FMCSA’s requirement that drivers take off two consecutive periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. during a 34-hour restart is suspended through Sept. 30, when the funding law is set to expire. The law also requires FMCSA to provide Congress a report about the restart rule’s health claims.
Our posts in the new year will provide detailed information on each of these ongoing issues and other important trucking industry topics. We continue to serve this industry, as we have done since 1936, and wish everyone happy holidays and safe travels in the new year!