Noting that any enforcement difficulty created by the 30-minute rest break provision in the driver hours of service rule “does not negate its safety benefit,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied a petition by its partners on the pavement to strike the provision from the rule.
American Trucking Assns.’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 2.1% in July, following a revised 1.6% decline during June. In July, the index equaled 134.3 (2000=100), down from 137.1 in June. The all-time high was 144 in February.
Compared with July 2015, the SA index rose just 0.3%, the smallest year-over-year gain in 2016. In June, the year-over-year increase was 2.1%.year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2015, tonnage was up 3.2%.
Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC) indicate motor vehicle deaths are up 9% through the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 and are 18% higher compared to the same stretch in 2014.