The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 21 fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what would be the status of the 34-hour restart if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that the restart changes benefit drivers.
The HOS provision in the FY2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill also aims to prevent drivers from abusing the restart rule by capping the amount of time they can spend behind the wheel or on duty at 73 hours per week.
The bill’s language puts it this way: “If the 34-hour restart rule in effect on June 30, 2013, is restored, then drivers who use the 34-hour restart may not drive after being on duty more than 73 hours in a 7-day period.
Source: Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule – News – TruckingInfo.com
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Brindi Trailer Sales and Services for illegally terminating a driver who brought up safety concerns about his truck.
Shortly after being hired by Brindi in 2011, the driver began notifying the company of defective equipment on his truck, including ineffective brakes, steering issues, non-functioning turn signals, leaks and a cracked windshield, according to OSHA. He requested the problems be fixed but the company refused.
In February 2012, the driver contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation about the issues. The truck was inspected and 16 violations were found. The truck was pulled from service until the repairs were made. When the driver notified Brindi, he was discharged. The driver filed a whistleblower complaint with OSHA, which found merit in the complaint.
Source: Fleet Fined for Firing Driver Who Voiced Safety Concerns – News – TruckingInfo.com
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed an appeal to challenge a new regulation mandating electronic logging devices for interstate truckers, saying the device won’t improve safety and is in violation of constitutional rights.
The OOIDA represents small-business truckers and in its appeal of the ELD mandate called the devices arbitrary and capricious, saying that it violates 4th Amendment rights against reasonable searches and seizures. The association stated its arguments in a legal brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
“The agency provided no proof of their claims that this mandate would improve highway safety,” said Jim Johnston, OOIDA president and CEO. “There is simply no proof that the costs, burdens and privacy infringements associated with this mandate are justified.”
Source: OOIDA Challenges ELD Mandate as Unconstitutional – News – TruckingInfo.com
LOUISVILLE, KY — Wabco North America says air disc brakes are now selling at a high enough rate that it is building a plant in the United States to manufacture them instead of importing them from Germany.
The company is spending $17 million to erect the factory in Charleston, S.C., said Jon Morrison, Wabco’s president, Americas, at a press briefing Thursday, just before the opening of the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.Production will begin this fall, and will help bring down the cost of ADBs for truck buyers.
Disc brakes’ advantages over drum brakes include better performance, longer pad life, easier maintenance, and fewer out-of-adjustment problems that lead to citations. Millions are being used in Europe and have proven safe, reliable and economical, Morrison said, and the word is getting out here.
Source: Wabco Building U.S. Factory to Make Air Disc Brakes – News – TruckingInfo.com
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