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Hours-of-Service Flaws Require Immediate Action

Today, leaders of American Trucking Associations again called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Congress to swiftly address the mounting problems caused by changes to the hours-of-service rules.

OSHA’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” Proposed Rule

In a November 8, 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, OSHA proposed to expedite the gathering of information about injuries and illnesses reported on Forms 300, 300A and 301 from covered employers. The agency’s proposal covers a total of 750,000 employers in 1.5M establishments. This rulemaking would only replace section 1904.41 in the current rule and would require a covered employer to file a report electronically, instead of forwarding paper forms. The agency also proposes to make such records publicly available for anyone to inspect.

OSHA Proposes Rule on Injury and Illness Reporting

On Fri., Nov. 8, OSHA issued a lengthy, proposed rule entitled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” that will change injury and illness reporting by employers from paper means to an electronic method. OSHA also proposes to make this information available to the public, with a few limitations.

ATA’s “All About the Driver” Session at MC&E Also Very Well Received

On Tuesday October 22 at MC&E, ATA’s Senior Vice President, Dave Osiecki, moderated a comprehensive and candid panel discussion on a host of professional truck driver-related issues. Highlights from that session include Derek Leathers, President & Chief Operating Officer of Werner Enterprises commenting on Werner’s focus on performance-based driver pay; Steve Gordon, Chief Operating Officer of Gordon Trucking, Inc., discussing the complexities of the many different pay packages that for-hire truckload fleets utilize; Jeff Fackler, Wal-Mart’s Vice President of Transportation (Eastern Operations), emphasizing the retail giant’s focus on driver health and wellness, including sleep apnea screening for drivers; and Bob Costello, ATA’s Chief Economist, summarizing the results of ATA’s recent driver-related survey.

U.S. Appeals Court Hears ATA Challenge to HOS Rules

Today, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments from American Trucking Associations regarding changes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made to the hours-of-service rules in 2011.

ATA Opposes DOL's Proposed Worker Classification Survey

In response to a request for comments on the U.S. Department of Labor's proposed Worker Classification Survey, ATA expressed concerns that the survey's construct would lead to unreliable information on which to base policy decisions and thus was not