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Overdrive February 2019

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14 | Overdrive | February 2019 The partial shutdown of the U.S. government might have delayed the publication of a rule to reform hours of service regulations, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation official. President Trump on Jan. 25 announced a plan to reopen the gov- ernment for three weeks. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials hinted in December that a notice of proposed rulemaking offering potential revi- sions to federal hours regulations could come as early as March. Though FMCSA remained mostly unaffected by the shutdown, opera- tions at other DOT branches were hampered, impeding the rulemaking process, the official said. More than 20,000 DOT workers were furloughed during the month- long closure, including more than 400 of the 1,470 employees at DOT's Office of the Secretary, as well as 327 of 488 employees at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Those agencies must approve a pro- posed rulemaking before publication. Since operations at those agencies were mostly shut down, "everything's stopped" regarding rulemaking, the official said. Normally it takes weeks, if not months, for rulemakings to be cleared for publication. Before the shutdown, FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez had insisted the agency wanted to "fast-track" an hours rule- making. After the shutdown, OMB and OST face a large backlog of filings to process from other government agen- cies, which further impedes the hours rulemaking, the official said. Other FMCSA functions weren't impacted by the shutdown. The agen- cy derives much of its funding from the Highway Trust Fund, which is fed by gas and diesel taxes and not annu- al appropriations from Congress. — James Jaillet Shutdown could delay hours revision More than 20,000 DOT employees were furloughed, the bulk of them coming from the Federal Aviation Administration, which furloughed about 18,000 of its 27,000 workers. N E W S CATHY GAUTREAUX, deputy director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and second in command behind Administrator Ray Martinez, left FMCSA to take a position with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A LIST OF IDLING regulations in states and municipalities to help truck drivers avoid fines has been updated. The American Transportation Research Institute list is pro- duced online and as a printed card, both avail- able at ATRI-Online.org. TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA revamped its UltraOne loyalty program to include more ways for drivers to earn points for meals and other benefits. Fuel purchases from a previous month now contribute to points in the follow- ing month. THE LOVE'S TRUCK TIRE CARE center in Casa Grande/Eloy, Arizona, at I-10, Exit 200, closed and merged with the Love's-owned Speedco across the street. The 24/7 Speedco facility offers tire, lube and mechanical services. Helping to fight human trafficking The "Everyday Heroes" Kenworth T680 made its first public appearance at Truckers Against Trafficking's Everyday Heroes Truck press conference Jan. 15 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The truck, donated by Kenworth, will be auctioned May 17 by Richie Bros. in Phoenix, with proceeds going to TAT. The truck will be displayed March 28-30 at the Mid- America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The T680, customized by Inland Kenworth of Tolleson, Arizona, has a 76-inch sleeper and a 485-hp Paccar MX-13.

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