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NEWS IN BRIEF


HOURS OF SERVICE 34-HOUR RESTART ISSUE STILL STALLED The U.S. House Appropriations


Committee voted in May to send the full House a bill that would permanent- ly restore 2011 regulations pertaining to the 34-hour restart provisions of the hours of service requirements.


Safety Administration. If the agency’s study determines 2011 rules are safer for fatigued drivers, then such rules would take effect permanently, but with a new 73-hour limit on weekly hours. If the House passes its transpor-


tation funding bill, the two versions would go to conference to iron out the differences. Industry advocates, includ- ing the Arkansas Trucking Association, are working closely with all members of our delegation in support of the House language on hours of service.


CSA SCORES LIKELY TO REMAIN OFFLINE FOR TWO YEARS Transportation Secretary


The provisions would revert restart


rules to those in effect in December 2011. A 34-hour restart would not be required to include the two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods, and its use would not be limited to once a week. The 30-minute break requirement would still be in effect, however, and would be the lone remaining element of the hours of ser- vice changes that went into effect July 2013. The House’s hours reform differs


from an earlier proposal passed by the full Senate. The Senate bill changes are contingent upon the outcome of a pending released study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier


ARKANSAS TRUCKING REPORT | Issue 3 2016


Anthony Foxx told a Senate panel that Compliance, Safety, Accountability car- rier ranking system changes will take about two years to complete, and the industry shouldn’t expect to see CSA scores—the percentile rankings in the CSA Safety Measurement System’s seven BASICs—return to public view until those changes have been made.


information (CSA SMS rankings) will be posted back up,” he continued. The FAST Act required the Federal


Motor Carrier Safety Administration to pull CSA SMS rankings from public view to correct the flaws in the pro- gram’s data well and the methods used to calculate carriers’ scores. The result- ing flawed scores were available for third parties like shippers, brokers and insurers to view and make determina- tions about carriers and their crash risk, in spite of the program’s seeming dis- connect with crash risk. Congress also directed the agency


to work with the National Academies of Science and other government account- ability agencies to work with FMCSA to develop a plan to reform the system before the agency can bring the scores back to public view.


GOVERNOR SIGNS ARKANSAS HIGHWAY PLAN INTO LAW The Legislature’s special session


“Based on our preliminary assess-


ment, it’s going to take a while to do the revised analysis,” Foxx said. The changes in the CSA score methodology were required in Congress’ 2015 FAST Act bill. “We expect it to take a year or two, probably more like two, before that


on highways ended with Gov. Asa Hutchinson signing a highway fund- ing plan into law that will raise nearly $50 million for the state’s highways in the coming year and qualify the state to receive an additional $200 million annually in federal matching highway funds. The plan utilizes $40 million from


Arkansas’s surplus, $1.5 million invest- ment returns and ends a requirement that $8.4 million from a half-cent sales tax for roads go toward a fund for con- stitutional officers. After this year, $20 million in


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