April 16, 2013
The ATA filed its Opening Brief with the Supreme Court on the Port of Los Angeles’ mandatory concession agreements on Feb. 15. Oral arguments were heard April 16, 2013. Click here for a copy of ATA’s brief.
March 27, 2013
The March 27 Wall Street Journal featured an article focusing on the importance of railroads in the commercial transportation system and the key role they play in economic recovery. According to the Association of American Railroads’ SmartBriefs, the article states that North American rail companies plan to invest $14 billion this year to improve speed and efficiency to meet increasing demand for rail services. Click here to view the SmartBriefs item.
March 15, 2013
The US Court of Appeals heard the ATA’s challenge to the HOS rule. ATA lawyers repeated their position that the latest version of the rule is too restrictive and based upon overstated data on the role of driver fatigue in crashes. In the same hearing, the Public Citizen advocacy group reasserted its stance that maintaining the 11-hour daily driving limit is too lax. Courtroom observers believe that it is unlikely that the rule will be remanded to the FMCSA for revision, which means that key aspects, including the 34-hour restart provision and 30-minute break requirement, would take effect as scheduled on July 1.
February 22, 2013
The FMCSA has rejected ATA’s January 2013 request to delay the implementation of hours of service regulations until three months after the U.S. Court of Appeals rules on the challenged restart provisions and off-duty break requirements. The delay was supported by the CVSA, National Assn. of Manufacturers and NITL. Oral arguments were heard on March 15, with a decision expected between then and July 1, 2013.
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