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Rest break, public CSA scores survive House budget bill

ELD waiver for livestock, insect haulers also included

Posted June 27, 2019

Provisions to protect the 30-minute rest-break requirement and the public release of scores in the DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program were included in the 2020 budget package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 25.

The Democratic-led House voted 227-194 to pass H.R. 3055, a $383.3 billion appropriations bill that includes funding for the DOT. The bill now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate, where the policy riders could face challenges before being sent to President Donald Trump and signed into law.

The House bill bars the USDOT from eliminating the 30-minute break requirement from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which are facing potential revisions in the immediate future.

In addition to the rest break and the CSA score provisions, the House bill also includes:

  • Continuation of an exemption from electronic logging devices (ELDs) for livestock and insect haulers through September 2020, and
  • Limitation of the FMCSA from issuing new decisions on exemptions from state rest and meal breaks, in response to the DOT’s decision in December 2018 to exempt carriers from California’s rest-break laws.

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