House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Begins Highway Reauthorization Today
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee began its Committee markup and consideration of the INVEST In America Act. While IAM does not anticipate the legislation will pass both chambers and be signed into law this year, it does include several policy markers for issues that will be addressed in the next Congress, including:
Personal Conveyance Review – Directing the Dept. of Transportation to review recently issued guidance around personal conveyance, utilized by many domestic IAM member companies. The review would also require more specifics and recordkeeping of when conveyance is used (i.e. reporting # of miles driven).
Driver Detention – The bill seeks detailed data from drivers and other stakeholders on driver detention, as well as information on situations arising as a result (i.e., HOS jeopardy). The INVEST in America Act would also require agency rulemaking after that data is collected. The rulemaking may incorporate driver payment under certain circumstances.
Funding for Truck Parking – IAM joined the ATA and other leading organizations in a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio, asking the Committee consider providing an additional $505 million for trucking parking projects, as part of the INVEST In America Act.
The current Committee authorization level is $250 million, however, the multi-year authorization requires sufficiently more long term funding for this key safety issue.
In addition to the core bill, amendments will also be considered by the Committee that would impact the household goods moving industry. One amendment, offered for consideration, would raise the floor insurance minimum for motor carriers from $750,000 to $2,000,000. The FMCSA spent considerable time reviewing insurance minimums a few years ago, and came to the conclusion that $750,000 was sufficient for a motor carrier’s coverage needs.
While the current highway reauthorization (the FAST Act) expires on October 1st, it is likely to receive extensions through the end of the first quarter of 2021, after the new Congress is sworn in, and has had a chance to consider legislation.