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July 2019

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July 2019 | Overdrive | 13 The U.S. House Appropriations Committee in June advanced a bill that would protect the 30-minute break within drivers' hours of ser- vice regulations. The move could set up a clash between House law- makers and the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is close to proposing an overhaul to the hours regulations. The bill also would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make carriers' Safety Measurement System scores within the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program publicly available once again. The measure containing the hours and CSA provisions is a Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropria- tions bill for fiscal 2020. It would prohibit FMCSA from "eliminating the 30-minute break," according to its text. The legislation still must pass the full House and Senate before becoming law. The 30-minute break, required within a driver's first eight hours on duty, is one of the most unpopular hours provisions among truckers, alongside the 14-hour rule. DOT has not said whether it intends to alter the 30-minute break, which took effect in 2013, but the break require- ment was a key topic of consideration in last year's public debate on hours regulations. Carriers' CSA scores were pulled from public view in December 2015 by the FAST Act highway bill due to concerns about the data's efficacy and whether the system accurately por- trayed carriers' safety performance and risk. In 2017, the National Academies of Science issued a report recom- mending sweeping changes to CSA and the SMS. FMCSA was scheduled to begin testing those recommenda- tions via a pilot program late last year. The agency issued a 10-page report saying it planned to replace the existing CSA SMS with a new scoring system. The agency said it also might add an absolute scoring system instead of relying solely on relative scores that compare carriers to their peers. — James Jaillet Interests at odds over hours reform The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking truck drivers and industry stakeholders for infor- mation about detention times at shipping and receiving facilities and the potential impacts those delays have on highway safety. FMCSA is looking for information on whether data currently is available on accurately recording loading, unloading and delay times; if technology is available to compare prompt loading and unloading times to extended delays; what the agency should use as an esti- mate of reasonable loading/unloading time; and what the agency can do to help reduce loading and unloading times. Comments can be submitted online via the rulemak- ing portal at Regulations.gov via Docket No. FMCSA- 2019-0054. — Overdrive Staff FMCSA seeks detention data from truckers FMCSA missed its projected June 7 date for publishing its proposal to overhaul hours regulations. The rule had not been cleared for publication by the White House Office of Management and Budget at press time. LOVE'S TRAVEL STOPS opened new locations in Eunice, New Mexico, and Rochelle, Illinois. The Eunice location near the intersection of State Routes 18 and 234 has a Chester's Chicken, a Subway and 83 parking spaces. The Rochelle facility off I-88 at Exit 76 has a Hardee's, a Speedco and 103 parking spaces. THE NEW LANDSTARONE mobile app offers Landstar owner-operators tools for optimizing business functions such as fuel savings and IFTA accounts and credits. More features are planned to be added. A LARGE FIRE damaged a Pilot Flying J travel center in central Alabama on Interstate 20/59 at Exit 104. The May 29 blaze did not reach the fuel island, and there were no injuries. The facility will remain closed while it is rebuilt. ANDREA DEAGLE of Alabama was convicted and sentenced for her role in a scheme to electronically submit falsified commercial driver's license medical exams to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. DR. MICHAEL A. MCCORMICK was sentenced after pleading guilty to making false statements. In 2017, his staff members, who were not certified medical examiners, issued a Medical Examiner's Certificate under his name. N E W S

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