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Regulatory action needed: Contact FMCSA today on Hours of Service proposal
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Although the current Hours of Service (HOS) rule has been in effect for seven years, and both fatalities and injuries involving truck crashes have dropped, FMSCA is required to issue a new HOS rule by July of this year under a court settlement from a lawsuit brought by Public Citizen. These new HOS rules would further restrict driver hours and limit flexibility for both shippers and carriers, having a negative impact on NACD members and the entire economy. More

Legislative update: First 2011 chemical security hearing held in House subcommittee
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On Friday, Feb. 11, the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held the first chemical security hearing of the 112th Congress, "Preventing Chemical Terrorism: Building A Foundation of Security At Our Nation’s Chemical Facilities." More

Regulatory update: FMCSA issues proposal to require electronic onboard recorders for commercial trucks
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to require certain motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce to use electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) to document their drivers' hours of service (HOS). Under the proposal, all motor carriers currently required to maintain Records of Duty Status for HOS record-keeping would be required to use EOBRs to monitor their drivers' compliance with HOS requirements. More

Regulatory update: DOT issues proposed rule on safe clearance of highway-rail grade crossings
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In January, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to prohibit a motor vehicle driver from entering onto a highway-rail grade crossing unless there is sufficient space to drive completely through the grade crossing without stopping. This action is in response to section 112 of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Authorization Act of 1994. The intent of the rulemaking is to reduce highway-rail grade crossing crashes. Comments are due by March 29. More

Registration is now open for Responsible Distribution Workshop
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Are you a new member, affiliate or candidate member? Will you be having a site verification this year? If so, you'll want to attend the Responsible Distribution Workshop, April 4-5 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. This workshop will be packed with brand new sessions, topics and speakers. Registration is now open and space is limited. For more information and to download the registration form, click HERE.

  General Business Interest

Made in the USA
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In economics as in apparel, most fashions come and go. But like the navy blazer or the little black dress, bewailing the decline of American manufacturing never seems to go out of style. There's just one problem with all the gloom and doom about American manufacturing. It's wrong. More

Senator moves to reduce rail PTC mandate
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What is being called a "common sense" bill to reduce regulatory burdens would remove a Congressionally imposed December 2015 deadline for railroads to deploy positive train control technology on routes used by passenger trains and trains carrying toxic chemicals. More

EPA removes confidentiality claims on studies of 14 chemicals submitted under TSCA
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has notified five companies that the identities of 14 chemicals associated with a number of health and safety studies submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act and claimed as confidential are not eligible for confidential treatment. More

Lawmaker sees tangled credentialing web
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Congress may tackle an overhaul of the tangled transportation security credentialing system. Mike Rogers, R, Ala., chairman of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Transportation Security, said recently that the existing system was burdened with overlapping requirements. He said that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, commercial driver's license, the hazardous material endorsement, and the Free and Secure Trade card that's used for truckers moving goods between the U.S. and Canada have separate requirements, and workers may be forced to carry all four. More

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