Trucking provisions included in House appropriations bill

CSA data, ELDs, and 30-minute break rule highlighted in draft

Posted May 27, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill on Thursday, May 23, a section which includes funding for the Department of Transportation.

In addition to allocating funding for government agencies, the bill includes some new and old riders that affect the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), including one that would prohibit changes to the 30-minute break rule and another that would make Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) data public again.

Trucking related highlights in the bill include:

  • The FMCSA would have to make motor carriers’ CSA scoring data publicly available again, the same as it was before December 4, 2015.
  • The FMCSA would not be allowed to use federal funds to write or enforce any rule that eliminates the 30-minute rest break required of commercial truck drivers, as found in 49 CFR §395.3. The FMCSA may propose changes to the 30-minute break rule this summer, so the legislation could hinder that effort.
  • Funds could not be used to review and issue any decisions on petitions to preempt state meal- and rest-break laws that may differ from those in Part 395.
  • The FMCSA would have to update its annual inspection regulations under Appendix G to require that rear underride guards be inspected annually.
  • Funds could not be used to enforce the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate on drivers hauling livestock or insects, in continuation of a longstanding policy.

 


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