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NLA Defends Member Interests with FMCSA

Friday, July 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
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NLA Defends Member Interests with FMCSA

 

As part of NLA’s mission to promote and protect the interests of chauffeured transportation, NLA actively monitors federal rulemaking and files relevant comments with government agencies. In recent weeks, NLA filed comments with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on three topics: California’s Meal and Rest Break Rules, a pilot program to allow drivers aged 18, 19, and 20 to operate CMVs in interstate commerce, and San Francisco International Airport vehicle inspection requirements.

 

NLA requested in a June 3 letter (read full letter here) that FMCSA grant the American Bus Association petition to determine that California’s Meal and Rest Break Rules are preempted under federal law. California rules would require drivers to take fixed breaks regardless of the driver’s determination when and how to take rest breaks during a duty period. “California’s Meal and Rest Break Rules fly in the face of driver responsibility for and overriding need to attend to passengers and their property in addition to the vehicle itself,” NLA President Gary Buffo commented.

 

As part of the solution to address the driver shortage crisis, NLA weighed in with FMCSA in early July (read full comment letter here) in support of the creation of a commercial driver pilot to allow younger drivers to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. If designed properly, such a pilot could recruit additional drivers into the workforce while also assessing the safety impacts of allowing younger drivers to operate interstate. 

 

Recently NLA also submitted comments (read full comment letter here) to FMCSA in support of the American Bus Association and United Motorcoach Association petition to determine that certain San Francisco International Airport (SFO) vehicle inspection requirements are preempted by Federal law. NLA argued that SFO’s inspection requirements impose an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce and interfere with normal interstate operations. “If every major airport in California or elsewhere in the United States imposed varying standards and associated fees for unqualified vehicle inspections, CMV operators would be forced to comply with a patchwork of non-uniform mandates simply to pick up and drop off passengers at airports,” NLA President Gary Buffo commented.

 

In taking these actions, NLA demonstrates its commitment to voicing member needs and concerns with government decision-makers.


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