Senate Approves Trucking Regulations Bill

July 20, 2015

The U.S. Transportation and Commerce Committee approved a transportation regulatory package that would affect the trucking industry. The legislation moves to the House for passage, reports Trucker News.

If passed the regulatory package would:

  • Remove Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability’s (FMCSA) carrier percentile rankings from public view;
  • Allow some under-21 Commercial Driver's License holders to operate on interstate highways; and
  • Allow carriers to use hair testing in lieu of urine tests for driver drug screening.

The bill also aims to improve CSA by implementing things such as data review, study of accident reports and quick on-site reviews of high-risk carriers, all in hopes of improving the program’s data quality, reports Trucker News.

The bill would also change windshield-mounting rules to let carriers mount safety devices, such as forward- and driver-facing cameras, to windshields.