Industry update: ELD Extension Act, sleep apnea, and trafficking


Protect your Rep

When the wheels stop turning, we all suffer. That’s why safeguarding your reputation is the key to success in the trucking industry. Treat those who move your freight (or who match you with your load) with respect.

New FMCSA Head Nominated
President Trump finally has a nomination for the head of the FMCSA: Raymond Martinez. His nomination has been passed to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee for review. There are no timetables for hearings or appointment.

ELD News

OOIDA has formed a coalition with 31 other organizations to back bill HR3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017. To date, this bill has seen zero action, and a similar bill was voted down. The US Senate has yet to introduce any legislation against the ELD mandate, signaling tough times are ahead to repeal this mandate.

Get involved: The FMCSA is holding a Q&A session on October 11 and 12 at the Davis Travel Center in Stony Creek, VA from 8am-5pm. For more information, click here.

Possible Life Imprisonment for Texas Trafficker

On the heels of a human trafficking bills that were passed last week, driver James Bradley Jr., involved in the July 23rd Texas human smuggling case, learned he would not be facing the death penalty following the deaths of 10 immigrants in his cargo hold. If convicted, Bradley could face life in prison.

Did You Know?

In the United States, there are over 200,000 female long haul drivers.

NY, NJ Senators Seek Trump Reversal in Mandatory Sleep Apnea Testing

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), are helming proposed, new, legislation which would make sleep apnea tests mandatory for all rail and truck operators meeting certain criteria (age, BMI, gender, etc.). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration have, in August, withdrawn a proposed rule they published in March of 2016. No bill number has been released on this legislation yet.

Keep your shiny side up!

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Regulatory Affairs Analyst Jeremy Feucht follows the latest political and legislative processes, along with their potential effects, on the trucking industry. He has worked in the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of Planning and Zoning, City Council, and Urban Renewal boards.