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Dec 03, 2015 at 03:19 PM CST
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Just read that the new highway bill is complete, without having read the bill in its entirety myself, here is what we as independent carriers have to be thankful for.

  1. The FMCSA is being forced to revamp their current CSA system that was slighted towards the larger carrier and punished the smaller carrier. They will no longer be allowed to use the bogus percentile rating system that they had set up.

  2. The FMCSA will no longer be allowed to harass us based upon their safety rating scheme, in effect the Congress and the Senate put the breaks on the FMCSA program until they can come up with a better one that works fairly for all carriers alike regardless of size.

  3. Our insurance for now will not be required to be raised from the $750,000 minimum.

  4. The FMCSA will now be required to prove by a regulatory impact analysis before changing rules vs the way they were doing it before on any old whim they deemed necessary

  5. Under 21 trucking is out

  6. Carrier Hiring Standards are out until the FMCSA comes up with a better rating system then they currently use. This means that the majority of us that have Unrated are still in good standing

  7. No size or weight increases

I am sure there are things in there that are a detriment to us as well, but by and large I am happy that our government had enough sense to realize that if they were to kill us off right now that they would take a huge loss on taxes.

Finally a little of a win for us little guys.

Replied on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 at 06:07 PM CST
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Did electronic logs and speed limiters go threw?
Replied on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 at 06:34 PM CST
Originally Posted by: MATT PIVARNIK
Quote: "Did electronic logs and speed limiters go threw?"

Electronic logs are still in and the speed limiters have been pushed off.
Replied on Sat, Dec 05, 2015 at 09:04 AM CST
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Which is BS. If they are supposed to have to prove a benefit before passing something I want to see the data that shows where the wheelholders with E-logs are safer than the rest of us.
Replied on Sat, Dec 05, 2015 at 10:24 AM CST
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Electronic logs haven't been mandated yet, although very close. You will have 2 years to implement them in your operation. Hopefully after the next election this will be thrown out. The same is true for speed limiters, 2 years after the mandate, but it has been pushed back.
Replied on Sat, Dec 05, 2015 at 09:14 PM CST
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Originally Posted by: DEAN STEINEL
Quote: "Which is BS. If they are supposed to have to prove a benefit before passing something I want to see the data that shows where the wheelholders with E-logs are safer than the rest of us."

You hit the nail on the head, they now have to prove there is a safety benefit to implementing electronic logs, before moving forward. OOIDA sued FMCSA a couple of years back to force them to release Data, on who the safest motor carriers are, and the Data showed the large fleet's with electronic logs were having 4 times as many accidents per mile, as the small fleet's with paper logs. This highway bill demonstrates how the ATA has lost credibility in washington, while OOIDA on the other hand has gained credibility with lawmakers, primarily by telling the truth and sticking to the fact's.