A new report released Monday by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) projects freight volumes will increase by nearly 29 percent over the next 11 years.
“The outlook for all modes of freight transportation remains bright,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello in releasing its U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2026. “Continued population growth, expansion of the energy sector and foreign trade will boost trucking, intermodal rail and pipeline shipments in particular.”
The National State Route Mail Contractors Association (NSRMCA), whose members transport mail under contract for the United States Postal Service, has requested an exemption of the 14-hour rule of the FMCSA’s hours-of-service regulations.
NSRMCA requests that mail-carrying drivers have the ability to — after being off duty for eight consecutive hours — choose to be on-duty up to 15 hours in a 24-hour period and drive up to 10 hours. NSRMCA says its drivers typically work in “split-shifts,” breaking their on-duty time up with a nine-hour break between on-duty shifts.
In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.
The letter requested that hair specimen testing be removed from the DRIVE Act in the Senate and the Drug Free Commercial Driver Act in the House until the validity and reliability of the testing method could be determined by the Department of Health and Human Services.