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Request denied: FMCSA 'stands by' 30-minute break
Agency rejects CVSA petition, says enforcement issues don't outweigh safety

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.

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ATA: Truck Tonnage Index fell 2.1% in July
Index up 0.3% from July 2015, ATA reports

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%.

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Motor vehicle deaths up 9% through first half of 2016
NSC says this “upward trend” in fatalities started in late 2014 and is driven in part by a stronger economy, lower unemployment rates, and low fuel prices.

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.

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