The MTA has been very active in recent weeks working on national issues impacting the trucking industry.
Many of these issues are regulatory in nature. However, due to inaction by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the trucking industry has had to resort to asking Congress to step in and clean up the mess.
We have joined with the American Trucking Associations and other national groups to advance a number of initiatives in Washington, D.C.:
CSA Scores – Remove the BASIC scores from public view and fix the errors in the system.
Crash Accountability – Remove data from a profile when the crash is clearly not the fault of the carrier.
Driver Shortage – Support allowing states to enter in compacts to allow younger drivers to travel interstate under controlled conditions.
Trailer Uniformity – Allow twin 33-foot trailers to operate on the entire national highway system.
34-Hour Restart – Permanently restore the 34-hour restart provision to its status before July 1, 2013.
Hair Testing – Allow motor carriers the option of using hair to test for drugs and alcohol to meet FMCSA requirements.
Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse – Eliminate loopholes to make the proposed clearinghouse a true one-stop shop.
Insurance Minimums – Retain the current minimum insurance requirements for carriers.
The next big issues on the horizon requiring our attention will be proposals to change the motor carrier safety rating methodology and establishing entry-level driver training requirements.
When you belong to the MTA, you are part of an engaged and effective advocate for the trucking industry. Thank you for your support and response when called to act.