The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) recently joined a number of organizations in food and agriculture industries in signing a letter addressed to the United States House of Representatives and Senate supporting an amendment of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (FAAAA). The full letter can be found below.
By Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary (Scopelitis)
The December 18, 2017 compliance deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) service is looming for the transportation industry. It is up to carriers to ensure their devices are compliant. Learn more in The Transportation Brief, produced by GCCA’s transportation law services provider Scopelitis. Continue reading
July 1st marks the effective date for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new Hours of Service rules. The new rules changes will limit 34-hour restarts to once per week and adds certain restrictions. A driver’s average maximum allowable hours of work per week will be reduced from 82 hours to 70 hours. Industry is concerned that the new rules will have a dramatic impact on the industry’s ability to operate in an efficient and cost effective way without having a significant impact on improving safety. A summary of the Hours of Service rules and how they compare to the old rule is listed below and can also be found by clicking here.
The rules have gone into effect despite pending legal challenges from both industry and consumer advocacy groups. Industry believes that the new rules are based on flawed science and lack sufficient cost-benefit analysis. Consumer groups are challenging the agency’s decision to maintain the current policy of allowing drivers to drive up to 11 hours a day, which they believe should be shortened. Oral arguments in the case were heard in March, but no timeline has been given for the court’s decision.