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DOT bill would nix state-mandated breaks for truckers, exempt livestock haulers from ELD mandate

Jul 13, 2017 at 12:26 PM CST
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|July 11, 2017

The U.S. House late Monday unveiled a bill that, if made law, would prohibit states from requiring carriers to give drivers paid meal and rest breaks, as mandated by some states, and exempt livestock and insect haulers from compliance with the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate.

The bill, a 2018 appropriations bill that would fund the DOT through the 2018 fiscal year, also requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to adopt reforms to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier safety rating system before proceeding with a Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking. The agency in Marchwithdrew an SFD rule proposal, issued in January 2016. That measure would have relied in part on a categorical structure similar to that of the CSA program’s Safety Measurement System to judge carriers’ safety fitness and issue a safety rating.