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Trucking Issues Update from ATA President Bill Graves

07 Mar 2016 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The last two months have been very busy at ATA.  I wanted to update you on a number of issues, including the Hours of Service restart issue and ATA’s effort to pursue preemption clarification in the FAA Authorization bill. 

Hours of Service:  Since the Executive Committee provided direction in February, ATA has been actively working with congressional staff in an attempt to find a satisfactory, bipartisan resolution to the problem created by the legislative glitch.  I’ve met with several Members of Congress to discuss the issue, and we continue to be optimistic that a solution can be found in the near-term.  Getting to a satisfactory solution is the first step, and then working with the right Congressional Committees and Members of Congress to get it enacted is the critically important second step.  We will keep you updated as things continue to progress.

 F4A:  In 1994, Congress broadly preempted states from regulating interstate motor carriers, to ensure that the trucking industry would be shaped primarily by market forces under a nationally-uniform system of rules promulgated at the federal level. That Congressional policy is currently under threat by states and courts that are refusing to faithfully implement it, and are allowing plaintiffs’ attorneys to use state regulation of trucking companies as the basis of ruinous multimillion dollar class action lawsuits. We support Section 611 of the pending House FAA authorization bill, which will clarify that the 1994 provision precludes states from imposing meal- and rest-break rules on top of those promulgated by FMCSA, and from prohibiting carriers from paying drivers on a simple piece-rate basis (i.e. by the load/by the mile). Without this, states will be free to impose a patchwork of state-by-state rules on interstate carriers, resulting in confusion and inefficiency. ATA continues to work with Congress on this issue, with the support of a coalition of ATA members and other stakeholders.

 Below are a few links to important information concerning ATA’s effort. 

  • Watch a video with professional truck driver testimonials in support of clarification.
  • Results of a survey of 400 professional drivers conducted by Public Opinion Strategies
  • ATA explained to members of Congress why the opposition to Section 611 is misguided, and urged them to support it.
  • Myths and Facts
  • ATA sent this social shareable earlier this year to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee staff to highlight the issue.  This shareable was one of ATA’s most popular.  Please post on your social media sites.
  • If you haven’t already encouraged your professional drivers to send letters to their congressional delegation, please do so today.  All they have to do is click on the link and provide their zip code. 

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