Legislative & Agency Updates

  • FMCSA Suspends Unified Registration System Requirement

    Jan 18, 2017 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has suspended its rule requiring freight forwarders, motor carriers and others under FMCSA jurisdiction to submit required registration and biennial update information to the Agency via a new electronic on-line Unified Registration System.
  • EXIM Bank Releases its FY 2016 Annual Report

    Jan 4, 2017 — Today the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) released its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report highlighting its support of more than $8 billion in U.S. exports and an estimated 52,000 U.S. jobs. The Bank also announced it has transferred $284 million in deficit-reducing receipts to the U.S. Treasury's General Fund for fiscal year 2016.
  • Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for Rulemaking; Notice of Filing and Request for Comments

    Jan 3, 2017 — Notice is hereby given that the Coalition for Fair Port Practices (hereinafter Petitioner), has petitioned the Commission pursuant to 46 CFR 502.51 of the Commission?s Rules of Practice and Procedure, to initiate a rulemaking ?to clarify what constitutes ?just and reasonable rules and practices? with respect to the assessment of demurrage, detention, and per diem charges by ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators when ports are congested or otherwise inaccessible.? The Petition will be posted on the Commission?s Web site and comments are due by Feb. 18.
  • Trump’s DOT Pick Outlines Priorities for Agency

    Dec 22, 2016 — The effective enforcement of safety, repairing critical infrastructure and expediting the permitting process are priorities at the U.S. Department of Transportation that Elaine Chao said she will address if confirmed as transportation secretary in the Trump administration.
  • CSA SMS Website Updated and Acute/Critical Violations Added to SMS

    Dec 15, 2016 — The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website has been updated with the November 25, 2016 snapshot. Please note: inspection and crash data is current as of November 16, 2016. The next snapshot will include inspection and crash data for November 17-25. Motor carriers, check your own safety assessments now.
  • Truckers applaud move to revert to pre-2013 Hours of Service regulations

    Dec 8, 2016 — American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear praised the inclusion of a permanent hours-of-service restart fix in Congress’ bipartisan Continuing Resolution (CR) regarding budget funding in a House Appropriations Committee action to keep the federal government funded through April 17, 2017.
  • 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.
  • FMCSA posts clearinghouse rule

    Dec 2, 2016 — Four years after the U.S. Congress called for a national clearinghouse of truck driver drug and alcohol violations, the FMCSA on Monday will publish the final rule that establishes the database. The purpose of the central repository is to prevent CDL holders with positive test results from moving to different states where the records would not follow them.
  • Trump nominates Chao as U.S. transportation secretary

    Nov 30, 2016 — At the Department of Transportation (DOT), Chao will play a prominent role in helping Trump to get an infrastructure spending bill through Congress and to start government-backed projects. Trump has vowed to push through a trillion-dollar increase in infrastructure spending in the next decade with his plan relying heavily on public-private partnerships and tax credits.
  • Election Review 2016: A first look at what the new Trump Administration may look to accomplish

    Nov 17, 2016 — Businessman Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States last week in an election that is arguably one of the biggest populist uprisings in American history. A Trump presidency, combined with Republican majorities in both houses will challenge many of the domestic and global policies that were the hallmarks of the Obama Administration.