Legislative & Agency Updates

  • FMCSA plans nationwide ELD implementation tour

    Jul 11, 2017 — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will conduct an electronic logging device (ELD) implementation tour starting later this week at the Iowa 80 Truckstop Jamboree. In December, the federal mandate requiring nearly all interstate commercial drivers to use ELDs to monitor hours of service is set to begin.
  • U.S. Labor Department Moves to Revise Overtime Rule

    Jul 5, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Labor has signaled that it may move to scale back the Obama-era rule expanding overtime eligibility that has been on hold for months. On June 27, the department sent a formal request for information on the rule to the Office of Management and Budget. Once OMB reviews the request and it’s published, the public will have a chance to submit comments on the rule, which would more than double the salary at which employees must be paid overtime—from $23,660 to about $47,500.
  • FMCSA scotches plan to weigh hike in trucker minimum insurance levels

    Jun 5, 2017 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn a plan to propose raising the minimum levels of liability insurance that truckers must carry to $4 million from $750,000, saying it lacked sufficient information to justify further action. The FMCSA's decision leaves the required minimum coverage for bodily injury and property damage at the same levels they've been since January 1985.
  • Legislation Advances to Ease Process for Military Personnel to Obtain Commercial Driver Licenses

    Jun 2, 2017 — Legislation that would facilitate access for military personnel to obtain commercial driver licenses was easily advance by a House panel in May. Under the Active Duty Voluntary Acquisition of Necessary Credentials for Employment, or ADVANCE, Act, current military service members and reservists would have access to the training and testing standards for commercial driver licenses for veterans under the 2015 FAST Act highway law. The provision in the FAST Act applied only to certain veterans.
  • Lawmakers Again Push for More Flexibility with Military Moves

    May 19, 2017 — Lawmakers will try again to give more military families flexibility in their permanent change-of-station moves with a pair of bills introduced Thursday. The Military Family Stability Act, sponsored by two Democrats and two Republicans in the House and Senate, would allow families who receive move orders to either leave up to six months before their servicemember’s assigned date to set up their new home or remain behind six months to ease the transition.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • U.S. Immigration and Travel Restrictions - IAM President’s Commentary and Update

    Feb 2, 2017 — After last week’s Executive Order by the U.S. on immigration and refugees there has been considerable press coverage in the US national news and overseas. Surprisingly, as of today, IAM has not received a single inquiry or question relative to the matter from one of our members. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions; and the closer the Association gets to launching the registration process for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo there undoubtedly will be questions and concerns raised that need to be addressed.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.