Proponents of a rest break law for Needles and Boron truckers hope the
third time is the charm, but a powerful Democrat says she is also ready
for round three.
A number of industry groups, including the American Trucking Association,
want Congress “to clarify the preemption provision of the FAA Authorization
Act of 1994 to restore the goals Congress intended when it sought national
uniformity for motor carriers in the transportation of property.”
That preemption provision, which would prohibit states from enacting similar
laws, is a major sticking point for Senator Barbara Boxer. Calling such
legislation “a poison pill,” she has already killed two prior attempts to insert such a provision.
She points out that 20 states, including California, have already passed
mandatory paid break legislation, and these laws would be threatened if
the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill is amended.
Senator Boxer of California is the ranking Democrat on the Environment
and Public Works Committee.
Hours of service is only one part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s
Safety Measurement System. To compile the score, the government keeps tabs on a number of areas,
- Crash data,
- Moving violations,
- Vehicle inspection, and
A high SMS score can be either grounds for denial of a job or termination
from a job. For owner-operators, a high SMS score can mean higher insurance
rates that cut into already razor-thin profit margins. Finally, for all
commercial drivers, the FMCSA has the authority to take adverse action
against a license – including
suspension – based on either the total score or kind of violation.
An attorney can help keep the score low by ensuring that the information
is accurate; for example, a fix-it ticket, even if it is timely resolved,
may still show up as an adverse event.
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