December 21, 2018 – At 5:15 p.m. today – the Friday before Christmas – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has determined that California’s state laws requiring minimum meal and rest breaks for truck drivers are preempted by federal hours-of-service laws. The determination by FMCSA came in response to petitions filed by the American Trucking Associations and the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association.
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December 21, 2018 – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a new rule to allow State Driver Licensing Agencies to issue a commercial learner’s permit for one year, up from the current 180 days.
October 4, 2018 – At a public event this morning, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released her department’s long-awaited “AV 3.0” guidance document, formally called Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0.
May 23, 2018 – House Members grilled recently confirmed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez on the delayed implementation of motor carrier provisions of the FAST Act at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Tuesday.
March 22, 2018 – Surface transportation safety programs received significant funding increases in the fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation released yesterday, with much of the money devoted to a new DOT-wide autonomous vehicles R&D program.
February 14, 2018 – The Senate broke a six-month logjam last night and confirmed, by voice vote, Ronald Batory to be Federal Railroad Administrator and Adam Sullivan to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Government Affairs.
November 21, 2017 – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is taking steps to ensure a smooth transition to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for commercial motor vehicles, agency officials announced yesterday.
November 1, 2017 – On October 31, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee convened a hearing to consider four of President Trump’s transportation nominees, amidst a growing backlog of transportation nominees in the upper chamber.
September 29, 2017 – President Trump on September 28 formally nominated Raymond Martinez to serve as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
July 20, 2017 – The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on July 18 to discuss the advancement of safety policy provisions in the Fixing American’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that was enacted in December of 2015.
July 18 2017 – The House and Senate are taking big steps on autonomous vehicle legislation this week, while the House Appropriations Committee has provided $100 million towards AV research.
March 9, 2017 – The long-running drama between the trucking industry and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) over two provisions of the 2011 hours of service rule was settled this week.
February 2, 2017 – The Trump Administration and Capitol Hill Republicans continue to wage war on the regulatory state.
April 14, 2016 – On April 13, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee, held a roundtable discussion about the implementation of Title V of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which addresses commercial truck and bus safety.
January 22, 2016 – Senators used a friendly confirmation hearing for the President’s nominee to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as an opportunity to get updated on the status of many of FMCSA’s pending regulatory and enforcement actions this week.
September 18, 2015 – The government shutdown that might take effect on October 1 would be caused by the lapse of discretionary appropriations. Once fiscal year 2015 expires at midnight on September 30, all of the one-year discretionary appropriations from the omnibus FY 2015 appropriations law expire, and without some kind of new appropriations law in place, most federal employees can’t show up for work without violating the Antideficiency Act.
March 5, 2015 – A hearing this morning before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee explored the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s role in regulating motor carrier safety.
December 10, 2014 – Provides an initial analysis of appropriations for federal transportation and public works programs in the final omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015 as filed in the House on December 9, 2014.